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Smile! You Are God's Selfie

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

We are almost there! On June 30, Mars, the planet of war, ends its retrograde motion, which he started on April 17. It has been a time fraught with mi...

The God-Abusers and Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Frank Ligtvoet

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain To be honest: I don't know God. And I don't know what He, if He is out there, wants from Ame...

John Kasich: Bigot or Bully?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Watching John Kasich lecture Jews about their own holy books isn't just embarrassing, it's infuriating. Kasich dismisses what they say because he knows Judaism better than they do.

The Gift of Our Presence

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Sometimes, we just don't know what to say. It happens to all of us, even career comforters: rabbis, ministers and priests. When we hear something awf...

Let's Disagree More Constructively

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

I encourage everyone to dedicate the 9th of Adar (which falls this year on Thursday, February 18, 2016) to fast, but not to refrain from eating and drinking. Rather, dedicate this day to fasting from destructive speech. Pay attention to your words.

Can Beauty Be a Detriment? The Advantage of the Disadvantaged

Lev Hakak | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
 Lev Hakak

According to information posted on the Internet, the revenue of the U.S. cosmetic industry will come to some $62.5 billion this year, and the global beauty market will be $265 billion in the next year. A clear sign of how many people value beauty and pursue beauty.

Bible Expert's Surprising Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus' Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Judaism in the first century, there's no doubt that Jesus, his family, and followers were practicing Jews, as recorded in the New Testament.

Jerusalem's New Museum Reveals Untold History

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

On September 8, 2015, Shimon Perez, Israel's former president, prime minister and Noble Peace Prize winner delivered an address to leaders from within Israel, and dignitaries and guests from around the world attending the official opening of Jerusalem's newest museum, the Friends of Zion Heritage Center.

On Capital Punishment, SCOTUS Is Behind The Times -- And The Talmud

Avraham Bronstein | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Avraham Bronstein

Justices Scalia and Alito argued that the death penalty must be constitutional. But Justices Breyer and Ginsburg countered that, as currently practiced, the death penalty in its totality may likely be cruel, unusual, and wholly unconstitutional.

A Woman Among the Tombstones: Yaelle Kayam Talks About Mountain

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 09.19.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Premiering in the Orizzonti section at this year's Venice Film Festival, Yaelle Kayam's Mountain was one of the films that impressed me the most. I use that exact word because Mountain left both an impression on me and, as the Italians use the word "impressione" literally, it shocked, struck and shook me, profoundly.

To Be a Thorn in the Side

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

A reminder never to be silent in the face of injustice and hopelessness; never to be resigned to a status quo that accepts a widening gap between rich and poor, black and white, and too many atrocities like this one in Charleston.

Becoming Neighbors: A Jewish Vision of Social Justice

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

For those who dedicate their lives to pursuing justice, every moment is urgent. As the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously taught, there is simply "no time for neutrality."

Rothko's Jewish Influences?

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.26.2015 | Books
Alan Elsner

What is it that gives the paintings of Mark Rothko their tremendous power? Why do those squares of vibrating color, that seem to float in space, somehow liberated from their canvases, exert such fascination?

Shared Resources and Expectations

Joel Tauber | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Joel Tauber

I grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community in Boston that felt both nurturing and stifling. If anyone in the community struggled financially, they knew that tzedeka (or charity) would be raised to sustain them

Bridging Jewish Generations

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Millennial Jews are not joining synagogues at the same rate as their parents and certainly not at the same rate as their grandparents. Many Jewish leaders are struggling to understand this new generation, which will have a profound impact on the future of Jewish life in America.

What Jewish Millennials Want

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective.

Gone With the Wind: Sukkot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Why do we head outside on Sukkot so soon after Yom Kippur?

Why You Can't Build a Religious Symbol on a Camel's Back (and Why You Should Care)

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

The Talmud is one of Judaism's primary defining works. Why does it engage in such apparent whimsy alongside weightier and better-known matters like human dignity and God's role in our lives?

Autumn Equinox: The Day of Peace and Relationships

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

Today is the Equinox! The Sun transits from Virgo into Libra, initiating Autumn (in the Northern hemisphere). You might not even know it, but most likely you felt it somewhere in your body, mind, and/or soul.

Yom Kippur: What About That Other Book?

Carol Orsborn | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Carol Orsborn

Imagine this: One instant ago, your body had weight and heat and heartbeat. And then, with one final long breath, all that is truly you rises like carbon bubbles of light, pressed to the ceiling.

The Prisoner Can Not Release Himself From Prison: Thoughts on the Passing of Robin Williams

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

While death may be undiscovered country, it is life that is the true mystery worth exploring. And for all the voices that Robin Williams used, it was his presence, not his words, that was the key to the lesson.

One Broken People to Another

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

What is justice, and what is vengeance?

Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...

The "Eye For An Eye" Fallacy

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Though it sounds more like the name of a cartoon villain, Lex Talionis (the Law of Retribution) is the Latin name for the Jewish concept of an "eye for an eye." Sadly, many false conclusions about Judaism and its morality have emerged from the general misunderstanding of this important principle.

In Pursuit of True Happiness

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Naphtali Hoff

We all wish to be happy. We seek material bounty, fulfilling relationships, peace and a connection with nature. But we know that there's another, deeper aspect to happiness, one that scientists cannot measure. It is the fulfillment of our calling and mission, giving us the deep satisfaction that our time here on earth was most fulfilling, for us and those who we impacted.