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God Is Not In Control

George Elerick | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
George Elerick

God tends to be a placeholder for many things other than a deity. In the ancient world, it was believed that the ruler was either chosen by a god, or...

The Gift YOU Are...

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 05.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

Sooner or later every one of us breathes an atom that has been breathed by anyone you can think of who has lived before us--Michelangelo or George Was...

MY PASSOVER TRIP OF LOVE: THE ODYSSEY AND THE ECSTASY

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.02.2016 | Religion
Randee Mia Berman

We Jews have always been wanderers. Taking road trips. Traipsing, trekking, and schlepping. Forced to leave many places. As Tevye says in Fiddler ...

God's Business Advice to Moses

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.01.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

God showed Moses a coin made from fire, teaches the Midrash, showing him the amount that everyone must give towards the mishkan, tabernacle.

Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Parshat Tetzaveh

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.18.2016 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses' name does not appear in this week's Torah portion. He's gone, but not forgotten.

That Ol' White Privilege: What My Last Arrest Taught Me About Race and Rudeness

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum | Posted 02.18.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

I've been arrested before at other protests, in both Oakland and San Francisco. In my experience, the arresting officers have been kind and polite. But as the phalanx of officers moved in, I noticed one in particular, her hair pulled back in a severe bun, framing a face creased with anger.

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Clay Farris Naff

If religion were the vehicle that delivers morality, then atheists, the disaffiliated, and those who have never heard of God's laws should show comparatively inferior moral behavior. They don't.

Prime Rib or Chicken?: Parshat Yitro

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses gets a new job in this week's Torah portion -- and it's a surprising one.

Was Moses an Existentialist? And What Does That Mean for Your Career Path?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

According to Søren Kierkegaard, the first existentialist philosopher, "Each individual is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely."

Circumcise This!

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here is another entry from a translation of the recently discovered Diary of Moses, originally scratched onto sheep's skin in a steady ornamental hand.

Moses Kept a Diary?! - Entry 2

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here is a translation from the recently discovered Diary of Moses, originally scratched onto sheep's skin in a steady ornamental hand.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

Moses Kept a Diary?!

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here is a translation from the recently discovered Diary of Moses, originally scratched onto sheep's skin by an steady and ornamental hand. The passage seems to suggest a moment of doubt in Moses, right before a theophany.

Moses Was an Activist

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Moses's struggles and strategies can be an inspiration to contemporary activists facing powerful opposition. And Pharaoh's fate is a warning to those who would adamantly resist social change.

Joseph, Hanukkah, and the Dilemmas of Assimilation

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Ruminations about assimilation come naturally to Jews in North America at the winter holiday season. How much should a parent insist that Hanukkah is part of public school celebrations that give students a heavy dose of Christmas?

Harriet Tubman, Unlikely Patriot and American Icon

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Who'd have thought that words such as "hot" or "trending" would refer to Harriet Tubman? Yet, there they are. Hers may be the face that boots Hamilton from the ten dollar bill, and her words graced Viola Davis' historic Emmy speech.

The Most Revolutionary Part of the Ten Commandments

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 10.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

We tend to take them for granted. Even pastors or rabbis who teach and preach about them can forget how revolutionary they once were. We can begin to see them as a decorations in courtrooms rather than a sacred call to live by sacred values.

We Need an Inner Revolution and a Radical Spirituality

Beth Green | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Beth Green

Major spiritual belief systems were founded by radicals but are perpetuated by conformists. If Moses overthrew the Egyptian faith, who then questioned the awesome and frightening god of Moses? If Jesus rejected the god of the sword, who then overthrew the perfect, loving "father" God? And so on!

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

19 Organic Food Organizations and Businesses Working to Protect Consumers and the Global Environment

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based organization of organic food companies, is working to bust myths about organic food. "Despite ...

Donald Trump and The Right Wing's Rapid Descent Into Mindlessness

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Donald Trump, like no other candidate can, embodies the right wing's rapid descent into mindlessness and their embrace of know-nothingism. With Trump, there is nothing there besides the huge eponymous banner announcing "Trump" that appears on all his possessions, a bluster, and a golden combover seemingly forever frozen in place.

Why Success Is Always 'Iffy'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Either way, I'm going to do my best to smell the roses along the way, too -- and call it success every time. Those fragrant breezes will come and go and never be safely thus. They are diffident, and iffy, and fleeting- just like success itself. But that's as good as it gets. Maybe knowing that, and really accepting it, is the safest success of all

John Muir Was Right: Climb the Mountains

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Mossberg

Halfway up an erupting volcano, I remember I am afraid of heights. Thousands of feet up and hanging on, there is no time like this for thinking about ...

David Laventhol, Moses, and Newspaper People Wandering in the Wilderness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.09.2015 | Media
BJ Gallagher

Be understanding and compassionate -- your people are in pain and they will criticize you, question you, berate you, and perhaps even revile you. Forgive them. Love them and care for them - they need good care and feeding on their arduous journey.

Freedom Is Not the Point of Passover

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

On the traditional interpretation, the moral of the Exodus story is that slavery is evil. This moral conveniently allows us to do nothing but gratefully savor life in a free country. However, if the Exodus story is about hard, harsh labor and Egyptians who deserve to be stripped, then we have work to do.