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Rabbi Evan Moffic
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Evan Moffic is a rabbi and writer. According to Dr. David Ellenson, President of the nation's largest Jewish seminary, Evan is one of the country's most truly charismatic and thoughtful young leaders.

Since 2009, he served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Solel in suburban Chicago, having been named to that post at age 30. He has a particular passion for teaching the Old Testament and the Talmud to Christians in a way that deepens their own faith and spirituality.

Evan frequently appears on the Fox News Channel as a religious commentator, most recently to discuss faith in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Committed to interfaith relations and sharing Jewish wisdom with the world, Evan lectures and teaches at churches and interfaith institutions around the country. He also writes for Beliefnet.com, the largest multifaith website in the world, where his blog is among its most popular and widely shared.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Evan spent his formative years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Stanford University in 2000 (Chelsea Clinton was a classmate), and after studying in Jerusalem and Cincinnati, he was ordained as a Rabbi in 2006. In 2012 he was named one of the 36 under 36 Jewish leaders to watch in Chicago.

In addition to his regular published sermons and essays, Evan has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Forward, MichaelHyatt.Com, and several other newspapers and magazine.

Entries by Rabbi Evan Moffic

Hope After the Horror: A Jewish Holiday to Help Us Heal the Pain and Fight the Hate

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 7:25 AM

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The worst case of gun violence in American history struck Orlando Monday morning. We feel angry and despondent: angry at the targeting of a gay nightclub, making this a hate crime; angry at the commitment to Islamic terrorism motivating the shooter; angry at...

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Why Are There so Many Jews on the Supreme Court?

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 10:13 AM

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The entire world Jewish population is 13 million. That is smaller than a tiny statistical error in the Chinese Census. Between 5 and 6 of those 13 million live in America. We constitute to about 2.2 percent of the American population.

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Do Modern Jews Believe in Resurrection of the Dead?

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 9:41 PM

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The hardest chapter to write for my book on the Jewishness of Jesus was the one on resurrection. I tried to avoid it, but my editor insisted. Resurrection is not a topic we discuss much in synagogues.

In fact, many...

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Was Jesus a Reform Rabbi?

(16) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 11:10 AM

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Jesus lived as a Jew. He prayed as a Jew. He died as a Jew. But what kind of Judaism did he practice? That question has been asked throughout history. I ask it in my new book on the Jewishness of...

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From Jerry Falwell to Barack Obama: 3 Lessons From the Extraordinary Life of Ed Dobson

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 11:33 AM

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While researching my book on What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover, I came across an unusual book.

It was a first-person account of a man who sought to live an entire year as Jesus would have lived. He...

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10 Prayers for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 9:38 PM

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We all need a little inspiration as we approach the New Year. Following is a series of short prayers based on Jewish wisdom and tradition.

1. Looking Backward and Forward: The name January comes from the Roman god "Janus." He had two faces...

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What I Learned at the White House Chanukah Party

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 3:22 PM

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Those of us born in America often take our freedoms for granted. We forget the centuries of struggle that went into creating them.

As an American Jew, I strive to be doubly mindful. The Constitution guaranteed a freedom of religion for which...

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Mark Zuckerberg's Stunning Act of Jewish Piety

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:12 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg stunned the world yesterday. Not with the announcement of a baby girl. Everybody knew that was coming. It was an accompanying letter outlining his and his wife Priscilla's plan to donate 99 percent of Facebook stock (valued now at $45 billion)...

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The Most Revolutionary Part of the Ten Commandments

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 10:12 AM

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With the passage of time, the extraordinary can become ordinary. The revolutionary can seem normal.

Take trial by jury. When introduced in England, jury trail was a monumental development, and it spurned great resistance. Now we are so accustomed with the practice that...

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A Heart of Many Rooms: Can Jews Stay Together After the Iran Vote?

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 1:08 PM

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Today begins the Jewish holy day of Rosh Hashanah, and I am using my perpetually accurate sermon title -- "Israel: At the Crossroads." Just about every year, a different crisis, challenge or dilemma faces the Jewish people.

Three years ago, it was...

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Learning to Feel Unwanted: How Jews Must Confront Racism in America

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:20 PM

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The story we read on Rosh Hashanah -- the binding of Isaac -- is about many things. It is about the meaning of faith. It is about blind obedience. It is about the replacement of child sacrifice with animal sacrifice.

It is...

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Should Rabbis Speak About Iran During the Jewish Holidays?

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 1:38 PM

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On July 20th the US Congress began its 60-day review of the nuclear accord with Iran. With the determined opposition it has engendered in Israel, the accord has been described as the most momentous political challenge faced by the Jewish community in a...

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The Secret to Amazing Sermons

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 9:59 PM

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A few years ago I was putting my oldest daughter to sleep. She asked me what a rabbi does.

Before I had the chance to answer fully, she told me she thought the answer was. "Here's what you do, daddy," she said....

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Is It Ever Okay for Israelis to Criticize American Jews?

(66) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 8:49 PM

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Michael Oren's book Ally has unleashed a wave of anger at the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States. In the wake of his severe criticism of President Obama's foreign policy, respected Jewish voices have said he has no...

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Why Religious Liberals and Conservatives Should Celebrate the Supreme Court's Decision

(8) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 6:01 PM

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Both those who support and those who oppose same-sex marriage should celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Contrary to widespread speculation and hysteria, the Court did not say all clergy need to officiate at same-sex ceremonies. They did not reject...

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We Are Better Than This: A Jewish Response to the Horror in Charleston

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 11:11 AM

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It has been said that the task of a rabbi is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. We are all afflicted. We are afflicted by the horrific murder of nine people gathered for a Bible study at a church in South...

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A Rabbi Walks Into an Evangelical Church

(19) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:46 PM

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Jews don't tend to have mega-churches. First of all, we're a small population. The Sunday attendance at one mega-church could well be greater than the entire Jewish population of a mid-sized city.

In fact, I had that feeling two weeks ago when...

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Is the Golden Age Over for American Jews?

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 2:57 PM

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100 years ago my great grandfather took a ship from Poland to New York. He eventually made his way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He soon sent for his two brothers and sister, who made their way there as well.

I don't think he...

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Is It Offensive to Say 'Old Testament'?

(362) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 11:28 AM

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In a recent article, I referred frequently to the  "Old Testament." Someone immediately wrote and asked why I was using that "offensive" phrase.

"Old Testament," he said, "implies that a New Testament supersedes and surpasses it."

Some...

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Anti-semitism at My Alma Mater

(6) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 12:34 AM

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Three weeks ago I received a strange email. "Did I know," my friend wondered, "about the antisemitism brewing on the Stanford University campus?"

A young woman running for student senate had become subject to a barrage of hostility because of her religion and...

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