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Leviticus

What Did Dave Brat Learn in Seminary?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

In fact, everything I learned at Princeton Seminary points me away from what I see as the moral laziness of libertarianism, in which I take care of me and nobody else.

"Walk With Me": What Do the Curses in Leviticus 26 Mean for Us Today?

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

What do these curses mean, and what can they teach us? It sounds like the message is just that we should be obedient -- but that's not what it means.

The Joy of Gay Sex, Michael Sam and Biblical Literalism: Let's Not Take It Lying Down

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

For everyone's sake, it's long past time to stop claiming that right-wing Christian revulsion in response to same-sex romantic love has anything to do with the Bible. Nothing in scriptures prohibits a kiss between two men.

Heeding the Call to Protect the Land (Bechukotai, Leviticus 26:3-27:34)

Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein

I have a vivid memory from a Bible class in the late 1980s in which we were learning the classic formulations, seen in this week's Torah portion, that if the Israelites obey God's laws, the rains will come in the right season and all will be well.

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...

Parashat Behar: Peacemaking and the Quest for Holiness

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Placing her reflections on "peace-building" in dialogue with the Bible, I am carrying forward a long-standing conversation with a beloved conversation partner of long standing about a text and a topic that are both dear to my heart.

Leviticus: Keeping Holiness Simple (Behar, Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

While focusing in many sections, like last week's portion of Emor, on practices and obligations of the priestly class, Leviticus addresses all Israelites as a 'nation of priests' whose relationship with holiness is nothing less than a matter of life and death.

Biblical Funding for National Projects: Private Charity v. Tax-and-Spend

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

This unfair, freeloader-encouraging formula is exactly what it means to leave society's beneficial, essential projects to charity. The only hope for a fair formula is to require contributions. That is why the Torah funds the safety net for the needy by required contributions.

The Catastrophe of 'No Judgment'

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

The teaching that we must stop judging and "shoulding" is like a tourniquet to the out-of-control ego, designed to stop the constant chatter of judgment so that the fresh air of unfiltered experience can enter. Here is where the teaching of "no judgment" turns catastrophic.

Therapeutic Rituals in Leviticus Shed Light on the Abortion Debate

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The fact that a fetus is inside of Jane does not mean that Jane is morally responsible for the fetus. If she has become pregnant through rape or contraception failure, she has made no promise to the fetus, and so abortion would not be promise-breaking. Abortion is not wrong in either case.

Situating God: Revisiting Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)

Erica Brown | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Erica Brown

If a sacrifice can take the place of a relationship, then the giving may not be a manifestation of a relationship but a replacement for it. If a sacrifice can bring about atonement, then perhaps the giver will repeat the offense.

An Open Letter to Gov. Jan Brewer on a Proposed Anti-Gay Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.24.2014 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

To be quite frank, I can't see how two women purchasing a sweet wedding cake or two men sharing a romantic meal in a nice restaurant could offend God, for if God exists, what would be most offensive is using God's name to justify oppression.

Celebrating Valentine's Day as a Gay Christian: A Modest Proposal

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Together, we can choose to celebrate this Valentine's Day by expressing unconditional, real love in its deepest and widest sense -- truly affirming love for our LGBTQ selves, for each other, for our allies and even for our "enemies."

Is It a Sin to Get a Tattoo?

Jay Haizlip | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jay Haizlip

Anyone getting a tattoo really needs to ask themselves, why am I getting this and what is the meaning of this tattoo? Is the tattoo an expression of witchcraft, idolatry or pagan symbolism? If so, as Christians, we need to reconsider...

The Problem of Homophobia in Leviticus, and How Genesis Solves It

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

What if the supposed biblical prohibition of gay sex in Leviticus were in reality an affirmation of honest and loving sexual relationships?

"Oy-Vey." In Circumcision Debate, Mayoral Candidates Hit Below the Belt

Alan Singer | Posted 08.18.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

It is still early in the campaign for New York City mayor, primary is not scheduled until in September 10, 2013, but the candidates are already pandering to ethnic and religious blocs as they maneuver to scoop up as many votes as possible.

The Ego in Christianity

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

When a Christian goes out of their way to say Jesus condemns you for your love, they are taking Jesus' name in vain. They are lifting up their own personal views above the Christian message.

Not Minding My Own Business: Leviticus, Morality, and Not Killing Gay People

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Minding my own business. That's all I was doing when I came across an article about a pastor, Kevin Swanson, who warned on his radio show that inside of ten years, gay people will likely be burning Christians at the stake -- because, you know, that's how the gays do ... at least since Nero.

Tending The Fire Of Spiritual Practice

Rabbi Yael Levy | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Levy

This is a fire of devotion, connection, awareness. The flames bring light that helps us see where we are and who we are meant to be. We tend this fire through practice, through mitzvot: acts of connection and love.

Loving v. Leviticus

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Is it not curious that so many people who oppose government regulation of the actions of corporations simultaneously demand government regulation of the actions of our living corpus?

Biblical Homophobia And Christian Pastors

Christopher Lane | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

To see a Republican lawmaker and a prominent Christian pastor try to outdo each other in their bigotry and murderous hate puts in unpleasant but clear relief the moral health of the organizations they represent.

Street Art, Bomb Scares, and Times of Anxiety

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Last Friday morning all was going normally on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn as the cool, crisp breeze of a sunny May day made New York as it ...

GOP Lawmaker Speaks After Anti-Gay Facebook Post

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

Mississippi state GOP Rep. Andy Gipson clarified on Monday an earlier Facebook post, claiming that his citation of a Bible passage calling for gay men...

13 Things The Bible Forbids That You're Probably Guilty Of Doing

Posted 03.12.2012 | Gay Voices

Late last week Kirk Cameron gave a now infamous interview on "Piers Morgan Tonight" during which he discussed his feelings about homosexuality and mar...

14 By 14, A Biblical Emissions Mandate: 14 (Percent Reduction) By (20)14

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We should let our workers rest from their labors; and the Earth should be allowed to rest, too. Social, spiritual and ecological sustainability intertwine.