My daughter (who is no longer Mormon) spent her last day in church listening to a Sunday school lesson about Noah's Ark. In the midst of this lesson, ...
Divine words resonating from one age to the next, reflecting from event after event, and echoing from interpretation to interpretation, tossed back and forth from sage to sage - and what, in the end, do we learn?
Our enemy's beliefs and connected actions threaten our safety and our way of life. Our failure to connect our beliefs to the higher purpose of constructive relationships blocks our attempts to respond with holistic, strategic action. It is time to Relationship-up!
Call the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando an act of terrorism, call it a hate crime, a mass murder - it is an abomination, in the truest sense of that word, an act of craven disregard for the image of the Divine in each human being.
How could anyone do that? It's a question that burns in us after the dreadful slaughter at Pulse. Now we have a clue.
In the 2005 film "Paradise Now," two Palestinian friends get ready to commit a suicide attack in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The suicide bombers pretend they ar...
(Photograph by the Author) What does it mean that Torah comes to us - according to its own narrative - in the wilderness? Ancient rabbinic traditio...
In these Xenophobic times, we should recognize that Razing Babel was a blessing not a curse. The punishment of imprisonment within a single, narrow tongue proves much, much worse than the inconvenience of dealing with others who don't speak our native language. Here's why:
God's self-revelation and the giving of the Torah at Sinai was followed by the sin of the Golden Calf, and then the command to build the Tabernacle and thus establish a dwelling place for God amidst the physical world.
It makes sense that the utopian promise is not heaven, but earth. Our ancestors, pre-factory-farm, understood the miraculous elegance of a functional ecosystem.
Perhaps no other passage of Scripture has contributed more to pious anxiety than what Paul wrote about the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians, "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment upon himself..." (1 Cor. 11.29).
By Barbara Falconer Newhall Up till now, Donald Trump has been the Teflon candidate -- criticism bounces off him like bullets off the chest of Superm...
It is a year of complete freedom for the land and humanity alike, a do-over year, a time to begin all over again. In this context of new beginnings, the choice of Yom Kippur as the day on which to proclaim the Jubilee year does make some spiritual sense.
Sadly, there are many self-professed Christians who are convinced in their utmost being that the God does indeed give people cancer (while also intentionally inflicting every other imaginable form of evil on creation).
The scriptural readings prescribed this week are largely about special separateness. Specifically, the prescribed portion from the Torah and the accompanying selection from the prophet Ezekiel are very much about the Priests and Levites, the clan within the ancient people of Israel set apart for holy service in the sanctuary of God.
My wife's grandmother is 94 years old. She lives alone in the same house she has lived in for decades. She is remarkably healthy, but is at an age when many people would have already moved into a retirement community or an assisted living facility. But she has no interest in moving.