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Religion and the Enemy (Parshat B'Shalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16)

(10) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:42 AM

Common wisdom has it that much violence in the world is driven by religious passion. Though there is good reason for this claim, deeper reflection reveals a more complex picture of what religions have to say about relationships with the enemy.

This week's Torah portion brings us one of Judaism's...

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We Do Not Live by Reason Alone (Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1)

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:58 AM

The law of the red heifer in this week's reading from the Book of Numbers, to put it plainly, makes no sense. The Torah mandates an elaborate ritual of purification by which a red cow is slaughtered and burned and its ashes used to purify those rendered ritually impure...

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Raika and Goldie

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Raika and Goldie and I shared little common language, except for a few words of English they had learned in school. These beautiful ten-year-old girls live in Bikharipurwa, a tiny rural village in Uttar Pradesh, India's poorest state. The village has no electricity, running water, or sewage facilities. But Raika...

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Newtown and New Orleans, Oakland and Oak Creek

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:57 PM

I gladly accepted a colleague's invitation to attend a multi-faith meeting on gun violence, gathering clergy-activists from around the country in Washington, D.C. But I had no idea of how transformative the experience would be. Within minutes of sitting down at the table, I knew that I would leave this...

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An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: Protect the Children With Sensible Gun Control

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:27 AM

Dear Mrs. Obama,

I have admired you from afar since your husband emerged on the national stage. Now, in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, I must challenge you to action.

Along with citizens--especially parents--throughout our nation and beyond, I am anguished at the death of the beautiful,...

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Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8: Our Precarious Lives

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 5:55 PM

As the Israelites prepare to enter the land of Israel, Moses has given a series of orations, urging faithfulness to God and God's commandments. Knowing that he will not complete the journey, Moses now prescribes a dramatic ritual to be enacted after the...

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