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We Can't Breathe: An American Travesty

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It's America and Mother Earth that cannot breathe, not only Eric Garner. Mother Earth is in a chokehold!

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Father of Jewish Renewal, Dies at 89

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

For the most part, Schachter-Shalomi's success was based in his liberal acceptance of people exploring alternate paths of spiritual awakening (from LSD to Yoga), and his legitimizing of alternate possibilities within Judaism.

Preparing for Sinai: Uniting Earth and Heaven, Words and Wheat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Experimenting Toward Sabbatical/Shmitah in America

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can we turn our eco-wisdom Away from climate doom, Into a joyful future? Often the climate crisis is described only as approaching doom. As the offic...

Innermost Secret of Passover Seder: Charoset

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

There it sits on the Seder plate: charoset, a delicious paste of chopped nuts, chopped fruits, spices, and wine. So the question would seem obvious: Why is there charoset on the Seder plate? That's the most secret Question at the Seder.

Q&A With Rabbi Set to Lead a Unitarian-Universalist Congregation

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Last month, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbi...

120 Rabbis in Congressional Record: Toward Peace or War With Iran?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The Rabbinic Statement on Moving Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran (initiated by The Shalom Center) has been placed in the Congressional Record by ...

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Do We Need to Rename God?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I think we must rid ourselves of the old Name -- Adonai, Lord, King, dominating Dominus -- and address Divine Reality as the Interbreathing Of All Life. That is the Truth, and we are Called to say it.

An Abrahamic Call for Sunnis and Shi'ites to Stand Together

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

The Miraculous Hanukkah-Seed

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

On Hanukkah we wish one another, Hanukkah same'ah! 'Happy Hanukkah!' Because it's a celebration, a remembrance of something good, a time in our mythic past when our ancestors saw miracles . . . and needed them.

Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

Join 67 Rabbis: "Step by Step Toward Shalom With Iran"

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As of Tuesday morning, November 19, 56 additional Jewish clergy have joined with the original eleven signers of the Rabbinic Statement "Step by Step t...

Hanukkah & Earth: The Sacred Green Menorah

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On Shabbat Hanukkah (this year, Nov. 29-30), we read an extraordinary passage from the Prophet Zechariah. Speaking during the Babylonian Captivity, he envisions the future Great Menorah, taking its sacred place in a rebuilt Holy Temple.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Why We Need to Talk About God

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.

Why Is the 'Tinderbox West' the New Normal?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Arizona a few weeks ago, 19 highly skilled firefighters were killed by a fire in what the New York Times called "Deadly New Normal: A Tinderbox West."

Welcoming The Dalai Lama To New Orleans

Rodger Kamenetz | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Rodger Kamenetz

In the midst of our wreckage that I speak to you, both as a Jew and as a New Orleanian, because survival is not just a matter of urban planning, or of financial aid, or willfulness. It is something deeper. It is of the soul.

Shavuot: The 'I' Of Sinai And The Nag Hammadi Gnostics

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

My sense of the meaning of Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that begins in the evening on May 14, has been deeply transformed by an ancient teaching from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic texts.

Intention: Praying with Kavanah

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Jewish prayer begins with kavanah -- intention. It gives meaning to our rituals of marriage and birth and death. It inspires us to perform a mitzvah on a more conscious and ultimately more rewarding level. It lies at the heart of Jewish devotional life.

Tu Bishvat: Rebirthing Trees And The Tree Of Life

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us learn together, celebrate together, act together to rescue and heal our Earth from the Crushers in our own society.

Speak And Act As Prophets Did: The Teachings Of Dr. King And Rabbi Heschel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.

Israel, Palestine And Torah: Toward A Deeper Understanding

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This process is rooted in the dark underside of the best teaching of Torah, "Love the stranger, the pariah, for you were strangers, pariahs, in the Land of Egypt." This is repeated 36 times in the Torah. Why? Because to repeat the command so often means it is being rejected, disobeyed.

Hanukkah For Healing: The Green Menorah Commitment

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We can rededicate the universal Temple of Planet Earth, as the Talmud describes the rededication of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. We can hold back the devastation that global scorching is already wreaking on our lives.