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Moses

Egyptians Under Pharaoh? (Va'era, Exodus 6:2-9:35)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

The death of Nelson Mandela has taught us to count the blessings a great leader brings his country. It was said that with whomever Mandela talked, he always spoke to the best in that person. He made everyone part of his vision.

Snakebit: Parshat Va'Eira

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.24.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

G-d sends Moses and Aaron to confront Pharoah again. Staffs turn into snakes during the showdown. But there is more going on than meets the eye.

The Man of Steel: Parshat Shemot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Superman's origin story makes us think about a scene in this week's Torah portion -- and about our own superpowers.

Born Is the King of Israel (Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6-1)

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

For our Christian friends and neighbors, this is the period that commemorates the birth of their savior, Jesus Christ. But did you know that this week also recalls the birth of another savior -- that of Israel?

Dear Congress: We Need You To Act

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Inaction in the face of adversity shows only a lack of courage and a deficit of conviction. You have to be better than that.

Advent as Grateful Waiting for God's Gift of Spiritual Companionship

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a wilderness experience of confusion and falsehood.

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving as Seasons of Trusting in God's Miracles

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication and Trusting in God's Promises

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The testimony of the Jewish people throughout their scriptures and history and in this season of Hanukkah reminds me, just as God told Moses in the wilderness, to stop crying and start moving forward in spite of moments of doubt, trusting in the continued light of God's presence.

From Small Beginnings, or Finding Your Inner Bad Girl!

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

We have a word for that exuberant, extravagant dreamer too. We call that person a human, because our species, throughout history, regularly accomplishes achievements that were never previously thought possible.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Daily Opportunities for Sacredness and Peace

Andrew Arakawa | Posted 11.16.2013 | Hawaii
Andrew Arakawa

How can we figuratively or literally take off our sandals so that we can have awareness that, right here and right now, we are standing on holy ground?

Republican: End Abortion Before 'Reckoning'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

A Republican candidate for Texas attorney general told an anti-abortion group last week that China's so-called one child policy could unleash a plague...

How I Became the Accidental Talmudist

Salvador Litvak | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Salvador Litvak

Who am I to call myself a Talmudist of any sort? Our Sages of blessed memory were not just gifted teachers, they were also tzaddiks -- righteous individuals who could be counted upon to do the right thing always, and to treat everyone with kindness.

Reaffirming the Covenant, Reclaiming the Dream (Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)

Judith Rosenbaum | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Judith Rosenbaum

The concurrence of this Torah portion and the 50th anniversary of the March serves as a compelling reminder of our ongoing, daily choice to build a society defined by blessing or by curse, and the clear command to "choose life."

Christian Bale Gets Biblical

Posted 08.14.2013 | Entertainment

Fire up your method-acting guns, Christian Bale: It's time to get biblical. The Oscar winner will portray Moses in "Exodus," a forthcoming Ridley Scot...

What Judaism Says About Success

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

The accumulation of small moments of connection, goodness, wisdom and love are together a triumph, no matter the external measures that may at time derail or dismay us.

Does Wisdom Really Come With Age?

John Blumenthal | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

God knows who came up with the notion that wisdom automatically comes with age but my guess is that the culprit was probably someone who felt the need to make aging seem like it had at least one benefit.

Men as Gods

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Arthur Rosenfeld

Because the human brain is wired for story, both Eastern and Western cultures are rife with examples of legendary characters enlivening and embodying the core teachings of a given sect, philosophy, or faith.

The Earth Is a Gift (Numbers 30:2-36:13, Mattot-Masei)

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

The Torah teaches at least three lessons about living on this planet -- three lessons that we must remember lest we devastate the "promised land" (wherever we may find ourselves geographically) and the hope and future of our children.

A Leadership Statement for the Ages (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

The whole of Moses' life is remarkable. Yet certain moments still stand out for their exemplary selflessness, frankness and courage.

We Are Family: Parshat Pinchas

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Pinchas' act of zealotry in Numbers chapter 25 earns him the priesthood. But it also casts new light on a prior scene involving his tribe of Levi and the tribe of Shimon back in Genesis chapter 34.

Avada Kedavra: Parshat Balak

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Long before Voldemort and Saruman uttered their first fictional curses, the Jewish people faced off against the real-life sorcerer, Bilam. Bilam's plan to curse the Jews failed when G-d turned his curses into blessings. But do coerced blessings ever take effect?

Who Let the Snakes Out? Parshat Chukat

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Jews are bitten by snakes after complaining again in the desert. At G-d's instruction, Moses builds a copper snake so that the Jews can look at it and be healed. What message was G-d trying to send to them -- and to us -- and how can that message help keep us healthy?

Did Moses Listen?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

For all of his brilliance, for or all of his excellence, for all of the ways in which Moses will forever be the archetypical religious leader in the Jewish tradition, he was also imperfect.

Not You Two Again! Parshat Korach

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Korach is joined in his rebellion by Moses' life-long antagonists, Doson and Aviram. Will Moses jump at his big chance to get rid of them forever?