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Rabbi Joshua Ratner
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Religious Zealotry, Then and Now (Pinhas, Numbers 25:10-30:1)

(3) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Hot-blooded anger. Self-righteousness. Unflinching certainty. Extreme measures. These are some of the hallmarks of violent religious zealotry. We see its vicious resurgence all over the world today: The headlines from Iraq, Syria and much of the Middle East are filled with Islamist jihad, as Sunnis slaughter Shiites and vice versa;...

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Exodus 25:1-27:19: Where Can We Find God?

(693) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Gold, silver and onyx, rich woods and brilliant dyes of purple, red and blue... This week's Torah portion, Terumah, is filled with dazzling imagery about the construction of the mikdash, the portable sanctuary which would accompany the Israelites in the wilderness.

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