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Torah Wisdom

God's Challenge

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

It is a simple yet profound challenge -- be holy, imitate God in our own lives. It is the fundamental lesson that for Jewish civilization, the ultimate goal of life is not "happiness," it is "holiness."

To Stand Or Not To Stand Your Ground: Leviticus 19

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

While the right to self-defense is a principle deeply rooted in Jewish biblical and rabbinic sources, this week's Torah portion actually calls on us to think about how not to stand our ground as we respond to the needs of others.

Know Before Whom You Stand: Learning From Everyone

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

We can all learn from those around us, and oftentimes we are forced to think in new and different ways when we keep an open mind to those who think differently than us.

Parshat Yitro: The Children Of Israel Stared Up At The Mountain

Josh Fleet | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

Enter Jethro, the high priest of Midian, the father-in-law of Moses. He's heard all about God's kindness to the Israelites: the redemption from Egypt, the split sea, the war with Amalek, the manna and the water in the desert.

Message To Religious Extremists: Listen To Joseph!

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

In recent weeks, there have been reports of the escalating tensions in Israel between some in the ultra-Orthodox community and the general Israeli populace.

Deception And Desire: An Overview Of Genesis

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

It is a seemingly never-ending cycle that entangles the lives of even the most righteous of individuals. Unrequited desire usually leads to dire consequences.

Torah Maven Ritual: Parshat Vayigash

Aaron Freeman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Religion
Aaron Freeman

In original and fairly outrageous translation of parts of Genesis 46 performed last week at the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Glencoe, Ill.

Put A Little Love In Your Heart: Jewish Wisdom For Global Healing

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Love is essential to healing, love is essential to fairness, love is essential to creating the world we want. My whole focus on this changed when I had heard two leaders from the Jerusalem Peacemakers.

The Quest For Religious Knowledge And The Perfect Manicure

Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion

Every Wednesday, Rabbi Yael Buechler prepares to teach Midrash, the Jewish tradition of Bible interpretation, to 19 middle school girls at a Jewish da...

The Rebuke

Rabbi Samuel April | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Rabbi Samuel April

Just as President Obama was riding the crest of his newly re-energized popularity from capturing Osama bin Laden, Netanyahu was seen publicly rebuking the American president on his home turf.

Is The Prophet Elijah Homeless?

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The Messiah will come when we stop building gatehouses and start opening our doors. Redemption will come when the questions about homelessness are not left to a dedicated few.

Understanding Prayer From A Higher Perspective

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

There are many misconceptions about the nature of religion and faith. Indeed, for many, prayer raises several serious concerns.

The Confounding, All-Penetrating And Revolutionary Voice Of God

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

If God had wanted to establish a religion at Sinai, there would have been no need for a kingdom or nation. The Torah aims at far more than collective belief or individual enlightenment.

Kabbalah And The 32 Types Of Consciousness

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Long ago, the Kabbalah knew that creativity was housed in the right brain and analytical thought in the left. The Sefer Yetzirah is a guidebook that explains the tools and techniques that are required to enter these different states.