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The Talmud

Learning to Listen (Ekev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

Ariel Mayse | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Ariel Mayse

This week's Torah portion (Ekev) opens with the call to listen to God's commandments and closes with an invitation to connect to the Divine by imitating, or "walking in," His ways. But what exactly are we to hear amid the laws?

The Land of Oz

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Jews and Words, Oz, a novelist and professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University, and his daughter provide a unique -- and controversial -- answer to the question, "Who is a Jew?"

Swimming Lessons

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

In the old-fashion parlance of the Talmud, a father is required to teach his son three things: The Torah, a trade and how to swim.

LGBTQ Pride: Reflect, Rejoice, & Respond Globally

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.27.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As the truism advises, "Think globally, and act locally," my hope is that we can join together to create the world as be a place where everyone will celebrate their Pride safely and with integrity in ways that express their truest joys while showing their full humanity, freedom, and liberty.

The Oscars, The Rabbi, Shakespeare And Psalm 90

David Van Biema | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
David Van Biema

Psalm 90 builds to a petition to God: not to reduce our sentences, but to make sense of them: "teach us to number our days, that we may gain a wise heart."

Why You Don't Understand The Bible

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The oral tradition that crystallized into the Talmud, the Midrashim and the Kabbalah is the only tool available to successfully decode the massive amount of legal, ethical and spiritual information embedded in the text.

How Good Are You At Self-Compassion?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Self-compassion begins with self-election. Only you can choose to "care enough to send the very best" back to the one in the mirror. To do otherwise is to say to Creation, "No, thank you. Unlike the rest of creation, I am an error."