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Rabbinic Judaism

Was The World Created For Me?

Andrew Belinfante | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Andrew Belinfante

What happened in Orlando this week is a human tragedy, an attack on all small communities and their membership to them. Nobody is exempt from being vulnerable to this type of killing. It could have been any of us.

3 Ways Jewish Law Relates to Laudato Si

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

Pope Francis's recent encyclical made headlines because of climate change, but his teachings are much broader concerning human responsibility to care for life on the planet. Good for him! It is time to bring the moral resources of all our traditions to this issue.

Do Animals Go to Heaven? Reflecting on Our Relationships to Non-Human Life

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

When we ask such a question or "Do animals have souls?" what are we are really saying? We are revealing a deeper existential and theological question about how human beings relate to other living creatures.

Rabbis, Rabbis' Rabbis And Who Knows What Next?

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

Some say that the period of Judaism we are now in, its institutions and leaders, are on the verge of major transformation. Many of us don't see it coming.

LOOK: The (Nearly) Invisible Borders That Define Religious Jewish Life

Zachary Paul Levine | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Zachary Paul Levine

The eruv vividly demonstrates the dynamism of Judaism through the Jews' steady re-interpretation and adaptation of their tradition in harmony with the world around them. Yeshiva University Museum is currently presenting an exhibition, "It's a Thin Line," on the topic.

No Bull: A Rabbinic Teaching For Contemporary American Life

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

From ritual sacrifice, rabbinic sages established a new form of worship -- verbal prayer -- which enabled individuals and communities to regularly express their gratitude, joy, sorrow and regret without the use of bulls, altars or priests.

Abrahamic Conversion

Robert Eisenman | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

One problem Judaism is experiencing is the question of who is a Jew -- who needs conversion or "re-conversion," and how or in what way a person can or should become a Jew.

Why Judaism Embraces Science

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

While some people think of science and religion as being inherently in conflict, I think it's because they tend to define "religion" as "blind acceptance and complete certainty about silly, superstitious fantasies."