In our collective grief, we rabbis came together, raised more than half a million dollars and raised the profile of paltry funding for children's cancer research. Men and women alike. All rabbis. More than 80 of us. Now bald. Symbols of hope and grief, empathy and activism.
Did we escape Pharaoh's Egypt just to exchange one controlling master for another?
One of the oldest surviving stories in human history is about the birth of murder. In Hebrew (and later Christian) scriptures, the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, teaches us about the mythic first atrocity: brother killing brother.
Reading through a list of bizarre and unique holidays is fascinating for any month. Looking at this list during Lent can provide new perspective. We know "April Fools Day" unfolds as March gives way to April.
Darren Aronofsky's new $100 million blockbuster film Noah opened on Friday, but the film is being blasted, damned and condemned in many conservative Christian circles.
The movie does not follow the Biblical narrative with surgical precision, but offers the best elements of the story to challenge us to re-read and re-engage the Bible and take Noah's story seriously, not just literally.
It could have been a disaster. An implausible story from a book of often improbable events written 2,000 years ago. Making a plausible, entertaining movie about the story seems challenging even for Hollywood.
How well do you really know the story of Noah and his ark? Take this ten-question quiz to find out. Question one. God sent a flood in response to human wickedness. What led to that wickedness?
The movie Noah is generating global controversy even before its release. The question of why God allows the innocent to suffer is the most challenging in all religion.
One way to gain this peace and serenity is to unplug for a day or even for a season. Lent challenges us to turn away from the infinite audiences of the Internet and direct our hearts and minds to the one audience who always wants to be connected to us: God.
Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.
Recently, a large wealthy church decided to break up with my denomination. I'm not 100% sure I know why. But the no-regrets explanation they wrote implied that religious differences between us were too severe for them.
Almost everyone enjoys a good story, especially when the storyteller has a real talent for relating stories. That is one of the reasons the parables of Jesus have attracted the interest of people from all walks of life dating as far back as the beginning of Christianity. Jesus was a master storyteller.
If you are a Biblical literalist, as some of you may be, what I've just said most likely bothers you greatly. You believe, not only that the Bible is Divinely-dictated and error-free, but you also believe that whatever it says must be taken as literally and factually true.
One of the best ways to observe Lent is by joining Jesus for supper in the Upper Room and listening to his sermon in John 13 - 17, as though spoken just to you.
About half of Americans read the Bible on their own, and four in five people who read it as part of their personal lives open it at least once a month.