The Torah is famously laconic about the emotional lives of its central characters. We are left to imagine what Abraham was feeling as he walked up Mount Moriah with his son Isaac at his side, or what Rachel felt when she discovered that her older sister Leah had laid with Jacob in the marital bed intended for her.
Let's work on all of this during this season. Let's talk to one another. Let's refuse to buy into the consumer mentality. Let's spend our time and resources on each other in more faithful and spiritual ways.
Prayer is not enough, it must lead to concrete action in the world. But prayer and other contemplative exercises can serve as powerful vehicles for individual and collective reflection, illuminating our path to purposeful action.
You know the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you. There is a moment, just a moment, when you panic because you've got no breath in your lungs. There's a jolt of helplessness, pure vulnerability, a shock to an otherwise rhythmic system, which seems like it might otherwise go on forever.
My wife and I, both of whom are Christians, once had some Muslim friends over for a meal, and we made the mistake of offering them meat that was not halal. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, halal means 'permissible' in Arabic.
When wars initiate, conflicts ignite, and earthquakes hit, our service members and veterans act. ALL those who serve for justice, whether under the uniform of military or under the "uniform" of personal choice and moral code help make "the end" still be able to come.
Each week, in Jewish tradition, a reading from the Prophets, the second segment of our trifold Hebrew Scriptures, is paired with our reading from the ...
Until Avraham's request, this midrash tells us, a 90-year-old grandmother and a 20-year-old youth might look roughly the same; all of the telltale signs of old age with which we are so familiar -- the wrinkles, the creaking back, the slowed reflexes -- had not yet come into the world.
When we see ourselves and others as God's heritage, we will be more diligent to help those who are lost because of maltreatment, violence and abuse. Troubled youth, runaways, delinquent youth, and all of the categories we use, are lost and need help to find their way.
We are living in a great period in Jewish history, with women's Torah study, learning, and knowledge at an all-time high--and it is only growing. Women's voices matter, and men's voices matter. We are all invested in the Jewish people, and we should all be asked and heard in shaping its future.
Those involved in the organization of Beijing +20 are calling all of the countries that signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform to accountability. They are asking everyone to give careful attention to the advances that have been made and the unfinished items on the agenda for gender equality and female empowerment.
For the ordinary person, a home purchase is her or his greatest transaction and one should not cut corners. A warranty deed is the preferable way to acquire title and a purchase of title insurance, even if not required, is desirable.
The Jewish Community is one of Law----or Faith, emotional connections, and a relationship established through mutual interaction in various proscribed ways- for example, through prayer, or celebrations, and the like. This is at least in part what a community is.
We tend to take them for granted. Even pastors or rabbis who teach and preach about them can forget how revolutionary they once were. We can begin to see them as a decorations in courtrooms rather than a sacred call to live by sacred values.
We see here a paradigm shift, from a human endeavor that leads nowhere to a vision of a new society imbued with values of universal justice and a universal God. But can one man really change the world?
Dallas has one of the largest Muslim populations and number of mosques in the nation. Yet, the call for Christians to protest at mosques, sometimes encircling the mosque while armed with rifles, continues. Google "Christians protest mosques" and see what's happened just in October.