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Free Rabbinic Advice to Rick Santorum From a Texan

(15) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Dear Mr. Santorum,

I know you're crazy-campaign-busy. If you have other rabbis in your inner circle, please kibbitz (chat) with her or him and ignore this counsel. If you don't have such counsel already, consider asking one of your advisers to peruse this note.

A little bit about me:...

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Eleven (9+1+1) Spiritual Lessons of 9/11

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2011 | 6:31 AM

9/11 changed us - whether we were alive at that moment or yet-to-be born. Ten years later, it makes sense to consider what we have learned. This is what 9/11 taught me.

1. Life can end at any moment. Looking at family photos of the 3,000 people who died...

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The Bin Laden Dialogue: An Imam, Rabbi and Minister Struggle Over What to Preach this Weekend

(54) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 9:07 PM

Two days after the news of Bin Laden's demise, an Imam, Rabbi and Minister reflect on what it means for people of faith: the 'celebrations,' the burial, and what to preach about this weekend. Sohaib Sultan is the Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University. J.C. Austin is the Director...

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What if Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

(536) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 1:00 AM

During Purim, we hear a lot about who hates the Jews (Haman), but what about who likes the Jews? The Jewish holiday that is full of upside-down surprises is a perfect time to confront a difficult truth: Americans love Jews -- a lot. Even more than they love Protestants and...

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Hey, That's Sacred Ground: Let's Talk About Where to Build that Mosque

(1763) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 1:47 PM

Every once in a while we witness the perfect interfaith storm. It's always a combination of religion, politics, and one special ingredient, like money, scandal, or, as in this season's storm, collective memory.

This season's perfect interfaith storm is the proposed mosque and Islamic community center two blocks from...

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