We can glimpse a bit of the historical importance of the crucifixion through early Christian depictions of that event. The absolute earliest visual depictions of Jesus' crucifixion exist in the form of a symbol called the staurogram.
I heard myself say the words and take part in this ritual and it made me physically sick. I couldn't believe that this was the liturgy that this kind, little church had been using for the past decades, maybe longer.
If in one of the most defining religious-political texts of the human species we'd been charged with stewardship of the natural world, not some sort of adolescent, consequence-free control over it, what sort of spiritual understanding would have evolved over the millennia?
The Kingdom is Within It's Holy Week again, that annual time when some of us struggle with the "orthodox" account of the Passion. How is it morally ...
Rejoicing against Judaism is -- thank God -- neither the whole nor the primary story of Messiah; it is, however, I'm suggesting, a significant forgotten secondary aspect.
No, the reason I liked Gravity is because it was short. The entire movie clocks in at 85 minutes. I pressed the "play" button on my DVD remote. And an hour-and-a-half later I was back at my job as Jaden Smith's personal assistant.
It's well documented that both Jesus and Paul were arrested and indicted on the charge of blasphemy against Judaism. By what authority did the Sanhedrin invoke these charges?
Hashem tells Moshe Rabbeinu to go to Mitzrayim and tell the Children of Israel about their forthcoming redemption with a specific message. The message begins, "Therefore say to the children of Israel, I Am Hashem." First and foremost, we must always keep in mind that we have a G-d who is loving and caring for us!
On Sunday, shouts of "Hosanna" will ring in city parks and street corners, in church courtyards and city squares. Pastors will shout in the crisp morning air as they read from the day's gospel passage Matthew 21:1-11.
Our common scriptures present a vision of shared responsibility, commanding that we care for the vulnerable among us -- this includes endowing the notion of work with an inherent dignity.
5: God did not consider dinosaurs to be part of the animal kingdom but, apparently, has no problem with bed bugs. Who does he think he is?
As a Muslim preparing to enter medical school in August, I have often wondered how to continue my passion for interfaith while working in healthcare.
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.