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Passing The Mantle: Moses And The Challenges Of Succession

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 09.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

We all know how complicated it can be for a community to deal with such transitions and the power the outgoing and incoming leaders have in shaping this experience. Here, Moses rises to the challenge.

JOKE: Jesus Vs. Moses

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

Two old friends -- Quinn, a Christian, and Sophie, a Jew -- are in the middle of a lunch date when Sophie says to Quinn, "Don't take this personally, ...

Hell in a Reed Basket

Nina Burleigh | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Nina Burleigh

This latest chapter of the Arab Spring opens beneath the searing sky of an Egyptian late June, in the sort of incapacitating heat that makes even the most efficient lose track of time, abandon goals and dispense with logic.

Egypt's Political Rise and Fall... and Rise Again?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Can Egypt now leave its recent dark times behind and reclaim its past glory? Can it make history again?

Biblical Parenting Lessons In Honor Of Father's Day

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

The Torah promises that even though we give, it will not detract from our own energy. Just the opposite, the more energy we give off, the more we get additional energy. We are energized by giving off energy.

Circumcision: The Movie

Michael Solomon | Posted 05.10.2012 | Comedy
Michael Solomon

I suppose we'll never know exactly how the first circumcision pitch went, though it's outcome may partially explain why all these millennia later, so many of us are drawn to the movie business.

HOD Still And Be Counted

Reb Ezra Weinberg | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Reb Ezra Weinberg

The most common traditional translations of hod are "majesty" and "splendor." While those definitions are significant, clearly something gets lost in translation. Without context they are just words and will probably not be enough to glean a relatable meaning.

Keep Your Mask On

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

While it might seem "authentic" to parade around one's flawed inner world, not only is it not inappropriate to mask these character deficiencies, it is rather part and parcel of the healthy growth process of an actualized person.

Passover and Revolution: Why Are We So Afraid of Change?

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

The story of Exodus tells us over and over again that all human beings fear change even when all the evidence is pointing towards how much better the unknown will be.

The Biblical Exodus Story Is Fiction

Staks Rosch | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Staks Rosch

When I first heard that there was not a shred of evidence discovered in the Sinai Desert that a large number of Jews had wandered for 40 years, I thought that wasn't such a big deal. I mean, it's a desert, right?

'The Voice' Says Goodbye To 4 Contestants

Posted 06.03.2012 | TV

This week marked the first live performances on the second season of "The Voice" and that also means the first eliminations. On Tuesday night, "The Vo...

Mansur Hallaj: The Sufi's Willful Erosion Of Self

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

For some, Mansur al-Hallaj was a magician, a heretic and a lunatic, who publicly claimed to be one with the One and deserved to be executed for heresy. But to his sympathizers he was a Sufi saint, who was martyred 1,100 years ago for his ecstatic utterance.

Seeing God's Face

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

In the Bible, we are warned that none can see the face of God. There is danger in God's exaltedness; to presume to look upon the Divine is to court destruction.

What The Next American President Should Have In Common With Moses

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

But as we contemplate our choices for President and consider who would best lead this great nation in the near future, it might help us to take a moment and look back.

Moses, Pharaoh And The Candidates

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Two very different leadership contests have competed for the attention of religiously observant American Jews in recent weeks. One played out among Republican candidates, the other in the Torah.

Teach Us How To Pray

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz | Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion
Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

Our aspiration shall be to imitate the prophets and messengers of God.

Steven Spielberg Directing Epic Religious Film?

Posted 01.15.2012 | Entertainment

Steven Spielberg could write the bible about filmmaking. Now, he may make a film about the Bible. Earlier this fall, it was reported that the Oscar...

Beginning The Jewish Year In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Irene

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 12.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The road to wholeness after Irene for some was quick and for others longer. Some are still travelers on that journey. The message of the shofar can help remind us not to lose hope along that path.

Spiritual Awakening & the Future of Our World

Asad Khan | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media
Asad Khan

The Future does not equal the past, does it? Ever since man was created, the Angels questioned the Creator about the bloodshed and mischief that would...

Thou Shalt Not Use The Computer One Day A Week

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.24.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

While the 39 categories tell us what not to do on Shabbat, they also inform us what we should do the other six days of the week. And what is that? Build a dwelling place for God in the world.

Encountering The Glory Of God In Nature

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

While reading the Quran I was struck by the number of times God asks us to seek wisdom, use our reason and look at evidence in nature and history in order to grow deeper in faith.

Holy Smokes: A Visit to God's Rotisserie Chicken Restaurant

Doug Lieblich | Posted 10.26.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

The grand re-opening of God's family-friendly rotisserie diner, Holy Smokes, is His newest endeavor and latest foray into the culinary theater. As a human, I was anxious to scope out this hip new eatery.

Exodus 1:8-2:10: Faith In The Past, Present And Future

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 10.17.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Our faith teaches us that the present is fleeting, that the past is never just ancient memories and that the future is not mere abstraction.

God's Progressive Prophets

Omar Baddar | Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion
Omar Baddar

There is no escaping the conclusion that religious figures like Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were in fact liberal progressives, courageously fighting against major societal injustices that were largely driven by religious fanaticism.

Gwyneth Paltrow Chooses Judaism

Posted 09.19.2011 | Celebrity

After appearing on the television program, "Who Do You Think You Are," Gwyneth Paltrow has decided to raise children Apple, 7, and Moses, 5, as Jewish...