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Biblical Abraham To Be Tried For Child Endangerment In New York

online.wsj.com | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion

It was a father-son hiking trip gone terribly wrong. When they reached the mountain peak, the father tied up his son, placed him on a pile of firewood...

Learning From Abraham: Why I Stand With the Nurses

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

We are not afraid to stand up and speak out; in fact, we know that because of Abraham, in this Torah portion, we are obligated to stand up and speak out. We might not win every fight, as we know Sodom was eventually destroyed, but we don't shy away from the debate.

The Uncertain Woods of Faith

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The French Jewish philosopher Emanuel Levinas teaches that what makes Torah holy is its infinite meaning. Holiness is therefore defined by inexhaustible possibility.

Noah in the Time of Ebola

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

To feel helpless or afraid in the face of a danger like Ebola is a natural reaction. Noah's story tells us that this too can be an opening for G*d -- neither a surrender to the void nor a rationalization for a plague but a prayer from the depths that affirms the holiness of being human.

Jews and Muslims Share a Holy Week

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The fasting of Yom Kippur and the rejoicing of Eid Al-Adha/Kurban Bayram are two sides of a common legacy. Faced with ongoing violence, the self-examination of Jews on Yom Kippur and the happiness of Muslims at Eid Al-Adha/Kurban Bayram stand in repudiation of bitterness, prejudice, and incitement.

Answering 7 Charges of Animal Cruelty Against Muslims

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Animals do feel the pain and we don't deny that. But the Prophet's intent was "...to cause as little pain as possible." Since affording Muslims will be sacrificing an animal on Eid-ul-Adha this weekend, it's time to answer the top seven charges of animal cruelty against them.

Isaac and Ishmael: A Rereading for This Jewish New Year

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

The Torah portions for this holiday tell the distinct tales of Abraham's two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. The texts themselves are simultaneously tragic and heroic. They raise hard-hitting ethical questions and uncomfortable dilemmas. In other words, they are real.

Are You 'Spiritual' but Not Religious?

Peter Baksa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Peter Baksa

So what is the difference between being spiritual and being religious? One includes the other, right? Well, yes and no.

A Taste of His Own Medicine: Parshat Balak

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Bilam tries to curse the Jews, but G-d has other plans.

Beyond the Fringe: Parshat Shelach

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The spies sin at the beginning of the Torah portion, and the Torah uses a linguistic connection to teach us not to stray after our own spies. It's the tzitzit on our garments that help us restrain ourselves.

Woman Accused Of Killing 2-Year-Old Allegedly Cited Church Sermon

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.30.2014 | Crime

A Florida woman, accused of killing her former domestic partner's child before allegedly attempting to take her own life, left a note citing a church ...

Finding Nemo... in the Bible

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 05.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

The story of Jonah is how a mortal man tried to run away from the mission his Creator had gifted to him. He was subsequently swallowed by an enormous fish which spit him out onto dry land only when he resolved to return to his true mission in life.

3 Biblical Tips to Stay Sane in Our Overloaded World

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Doesn't it make sense to draw on time-tested tips to help keep us sane, grounded, and connected to what deeply matters in the process?

Ascending Abraham's Nemesis

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

What is the summit, exactly? The natural peak of Nemrut has remained covered for more than two millennia and the pyramid that sits on top of the mountain consists of hundreds of thousands of small stones, the debris of the larger than life godly statues at its foot.

Abraham's Kitchen

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

Many miss out on the deep cultural and social fabric of the Middle East. The spiritual heart of Urfa is buzzing with tranquility. On the streets I hear Kurdish and Arabic. But all signs are in Turkish. English is virtually absent.

Wandering Between Sacred Foxes and Abraham

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.14.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

It is day two of my seven-day walk-and-talk with a group of seven friends. Our purpose: to test new sections of the Abraham Path between Urfa and Harr...

Walking Towards the Sun God

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

We venture into the Tektek Mountains, a curious title for a desert landscape of nomads, desolate temples and ruins of empires long past. But no mountains. We are in the midst of a seven day walk-and-talk journey with seven friends exploring the Abraham Path in southeastern Turkey.

A Gathering at the Home of the Friend

Stefan Szepesi | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Stefan Szepesi

The slogan: "the cradle of civilization," is often used to promote travel to ancient places, but nowhere is the term more fitting than here.

What I Learned From Rebecca This Year

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

This past week in synagogue, when I heard the reading of the story of Abraham's servant going to find Isaac a wife, I was struck by how closely the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony resembles the steps of Rebecca and Isaac's betrothal and marriage.

Why Is It So Hard?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Telling the hajj story in long form is always difficult -- three times out of three for me, at least. You're not reporting a daily story but integrating yourself in the ongoing experience of individuals. You've got to be there when they wake up and watch them end their day.

You Can't Go Home Again. Sort of. (Hayyei Sarah, Genesis 23:1 - 25:18)

Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein

While we can't go home again, we can retrieve and reclaim aspects of our heritage. Where we have come from informs and shapes who we will be. Tribal continuity is something we should strive for with all of our heart and soul.

In the Nick of Time: Brinkmanship and the Binding of Isaac

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Moments away from the unthinkable, all appears lost. A painful sacrifice inevitable. Then, just in the nick of time a reprieve. A voice from the heavens. And just like that Abraham is told that he will not have to go through with the slaying of his son Isaac whom he has bound on an altar.

The Land That I Will Show You

Rabbi Eitan Webb | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eitan Webb

This conflict is core to the Jewish belief system. In the book of Bereishis (Genesis), Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish people, is called by G-d and told to "go for yourself, from your land, and from your birthplace, and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you." Why would G-d do this?

Eid Al-adha: What if God Were a Writer Who Couldn't Stop Revising?

James Goodman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
James Goodman

What I see in Eid Al-adha is something else: a celebration with deep connections to both Christianity and Judaism. The deepest of those connections is the spectacle, past and present, of countless deeply devout people taking a sacred story into their own hands as if it were a clump of soft clay and remaking it in their own image.

Resiliency Lessons from Abraham

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Abraham experienced multiple traumas that included suffering and pain and sorrow. As we are all his children, then that means that we must accept that our lives will also include pain and suffering and sorrow. To be Jewish means to suffer and to stay Jewish is to be resilient. We are not let in on God's master plan.