The English translation of Umberto Eco's debut novel The Name of the Rose (Italian 1980) first appeared thirty years ago, and it continues to delight and surprise, even after multiple readings.
Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...
The God of the Bible is very hard on the people of Israel throughout the Hebrew scriptures. He blazes with rage and punishes them severely, even exiling them to oppressors like Assyria and Babylon.
His older brothers are jealous of Joseph because of Jacob's favoritism, and perhaps angry at Joseph because he is an arrogant, insensitive, tattle-tale (Gen 37: 2). But that is not sufficient to explain their willingness to murder him.
If we ignore Lookadoo's advice, and the teachings of others like him, does that mean we have to ignore the Bible?
But wait a second -- other stores are guilty as well. However if no one wanted to shop on Thanksgiving, then no stores would be open. The true Thanksgiving-killer is the person who leaves the table and heads to the mall.
There is a popular African proverb that says when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the most.
Each year as I go through a reawakening to these seemingly tragic situations, I always come back to the same conclusion: although I do not understand why certain things happen, as a man of faith I believe that the world has been created by Almighty God and that he is a kind, benevolent, and all-knowing God.
Speaking the truth invariably creates conflict because someone won't like it. So we have a choice - either stand up or shrink back.
Having no fear is not only unreal and impossible, but also makes us fall prey to real menaces and threats around us. Thus, having the right amount of this emotion helps us be safe and secure.
Perhaps we vindicate Job by refusing to blame the poor for their poverty, by proclaiming the story of a mother who lost her child to a random act of gun violence, or by listening to the suffering of refugees in war-torn countries such as Syria.
I got this email from someone I'll call "Wounded Recovering Evangelical", who gave me permission to post it here but says "That being said, please r...
I'm sure you can think immediately of situations, both in the news, and in your own life, where it would help for someone to face with humility his or her own lapses and shortcomings.
In the Bible, blessings and curses are not 'how-to' instructions. Instead, blessings and curses create a set of values, an ethos that shapes how people are to understand God, themselves, and the world.
I can be as born again as the former tax collectors and prostitutes of the New Testament, as devout as Mother Theresa, as divinely gifted as a saint, but because I was divorced at the age of 24, I can never be part of an Orthodox religion.
The priceless touch from fingertips belonging to my beloved's hands... Witnessing the result of the manipulation of molten precious metal into handcra...