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Jewish Theology

Electing Our Leaders Today: The Torah of Our Choosing

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

You may set, yes, set over you some to hold office, Who are aware that the Breath of Life is One, Uniting all, breathing into life all God's Creation.

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.

Guiding Jewish/Muslim Relations Through the Life of Maimonides, the 12th Century Jewish Scholar

Craig Considine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

In searching outside the realm of his own cultural tradition for wisdom, Maimonides showed us how we can build on our commonalities through a process of mixing. His life is proof that people of various backgrounds can break down walls which divide us upon our differences.

Muslim And Jewish Youth: 'Believe Something Is Possible That Everyone Says Is Impossible.'

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.05.2013 | Religion

Students and young professionals from around the world have gathered in Sarajevo, Bosnia to exchange experiences and fight prejudice and hatred. They ...

Dynamic Connections: The Theology Of 'The Runaway Bunny'

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The children's classic "The Runaway Bunny" might seem an odd place to begin a theological reflection. But for a child who has ever tested the strength of a parent's love, this story offers both reassurance and challenge.

From Senate Seat Or Pew, You Can't Monopolize God

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Mia Appelbaum

Why do Republicans of this fundamentalist strand feel they have a monopoly on God? Isn't it convenient that God always comes down so definitively on the side of their beliefs?

Conserve Or Transform: Religion’s Dilemma

David M. Gordis | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
David M. Gordis

We need to nurture our ability to hear as well as to speak, to learn as well as to teach, and to do our best to enhance the quality of life for all people. This requires a radical transformation in our understanding of the meaning of religious truth.

With Perfect Trust And Doubt: A Yom Kippur Reflection On The Dynamics Of Faith

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Today the word "faith" is often understood in the popular mind with something that I consider a caricature of real faith. Real faith, in my opinion, is complex, transformative and dynamic

Getting Over The Judging God -- A Yom Kippur Reflection

Jay Michaelson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Is it really such a healthy thing to feel oneself to be inadequate, judged and deficient? Does it make us better people, or does it make us more judgmental ourselves? And does God judge us, or only love?

Recovering Ancient Scripture To Face Modern Challenges

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

For the modern reader, Deuteronomy's strict doctrine of reward and punishment can be troubling: Obey God and prosper; disobey God and suffer. But is that the way the world works?

Why Have Faith, Prayer And God Become American Jewish Taboos?

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

I am often struck when reading through our commentators how unabashedly they speak in terms of faith, God and prayer. And how awkward it makes so many people feel today.