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An Eastern Orthodox Case for Banning Assault Weapons

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

LaPierre does have a point. We do need to address the way our culture glorifies violence. But the priority must be to stop the bleeding.

What Baby Elephants Can Teach Us About Human Freedom

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

One of my frustrations almost daily as a rabbi is to see so many who still live like our ancestors in Egypt. They are fearful to have a vision of their lives that exalts them and could set them free.

Judging Judges: When Appearance Matters

Joel Cohen | Posted 03.06.2013 | Crime
Joel Cohen

All judges must be vigilant in how they practice their craft. No matter who the litigant, that litigant must reasonably receive -- and be given adequate reason to believe that he is receiving -- fair and equal justice.

WATCH: What Is Church?

Phil Shepherd | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

Life In The Trinity Ministries, where Brian McLaren is the "Resident Theologian," proposed this question as their conference theme this past weekend here in Fort Worth. In the latest episode of "Outlaw Theology," McLaren answers.

An Adoptive Father Thinking About Moses

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

You know all those stories you hear about internationally adopted children instantly bonding with their new families? That wasn't the case with us. Instead, it was instant shock and horror.

U.S. Government Shouldn't Condemn Films About Islam

Menachem Wecker | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

My friend offered this gem in a recent blog post: "I am proud to be a citizen of a country that embraces these freedoms, even if they result in trash."

Endings And Beginnings: Deuteronomy 32

Rabbi David Starr | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Starr

In order to create a truly vibrant learning community, we must decide to make Torah study a priority in our lives. While rabbis and educators serve a key role as guides in this process, each of us must commit ourselves to take responsibility for our own Jewish education.

Turning Weakness Into Strength: A Biblical And Olympic Lesson

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

We often try to avoid our own weaknesses. But sometimes we may find if we put the energy into that perceived weakness, and through that added effort, perhaps what we are really trying to avoid, we can transform that which is weaker within us into something that is strong.

Prince Fielder, Cecil Fielder And The Father-Son Dynamic

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I thought of the Moses-Joshua relationship and the Torah's concept of inheritance and succession as I watched Prince Fielder hoist his Home Run Derby trophy high above his head. His sons flanked him on either side. His father was no where in sight.

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 | Home

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.