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Maimonides

Discover the Secret to Live Long and Prosper on #GivingTuesday

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.

What is Goodness? Or a Gift of Charoset

Francis Levy | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

What is goodness? It's a question many moral philosophers have wrestled with. In one of his final works Justice for Hedgehogs, the late NYU professor...

How to Achieve Prophecy

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

According to Maimonides, there are 11 kinds of prophecy ranging from a simple type of Divine inspiration called "Ruach haKodesh" (the Holy Spirit) to the singular instance of the "face-to-face" communication that Moses experienced.

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.

Haunted Halloween Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Halloween chocolate haunts me. October 31st's abundant temptations of free, sugary treats, with chocolate being the most popular, bumps up against my religious consciousness. Which will prevail?

How to Really Apologize

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Before you say you're sorry, stop doing the bad behavior. Trying to apologize while still doing the wrong thing is like trying to bail water out of your basement without fixing the leak.

Doubt Is The Heart Of Belief

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Doubt does not undermine belief. It is central to belief, an indispensable part of accepting God and the mandates of a religious tradition. Even fervent believers have doubts -- lots of them.

An Iron-Clad Proof Of God

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

It seems to me that an open-minded thinker, free of biases and misconceptions, would have no choice but to acknowledge the veracity of this argument. When properly understood, it is simple, direct -- and tough to refute. Why then does it seem to have so few backers?

Rubio Is Right (Sort Of)

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Can two time-tables -- biblical creation and modern cosmology -- be legitimately reconciled or is that just so much theological grasping at straws? From a classical Jewish perspective, it would seem relatively easy to do.

Spiritual Leprosy: Are You Afflicted?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

It isn't easy to look in the mirror and see our own spiritual leprosy. If you do get a glimpse, don't turn away in disgust or shame. Remember, underlying life is a river of love and compassion.

Embodied Spirituality: 'The Body Is The Glory Of The Soul'

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

In our age, many identify a spiritual life precisely with an otherworldly attitude, one that looks upon physical things as somehow destructive. We need not be chained to this toxic split.

Yom Kippur: A Glimpse Into The Next World

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

As the Mishna reminds us: "This world is a corridor to the next. Prepare yourself in the corridor so that you may enter the banquet hall."

On 9/11 And Forgiving Too Quickly

Rabbi Daniel Greyber | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Greyber

God's forgiveness does not extend to sins committed by us against other people unless they've made things right. Neither should ours.

An Environmental Confession For The High Holidays

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The Jewish concept of repentance is called Teshuvah ("return" in English) and one of the critical aspects of repentance is the act of confession.

Should Jews Support the Debt Bill?

Dovid Efune | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Dovid Efune

The bill could be perceived by some as essentially un-Jewish. However, in order to reach a proper conclusion in this debate, what needs to be determined is an authentic Jewish perspective on wealth redistribution and charity in general.

God And Gender: Missing The Divine For The Sign

Rabbi Shais Taub | Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shais Taub

The bottom line is that the language of gender is no different than the language of emotions or consciousness. These are descriptions of the human experience of the divine.

Advice For The Gentleman From New York

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

In Weiner's Jewish tradition, the word most commonly translated as "sin" is the Hebrew word "het," a term that means, essentially, to "miss the mark." The idea is that there is always an opportunity to recalibrate, aim and try again.

What God Isn't: A Shavuot Reflection

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

The Torah teaches that the earliest civilizations knew God's unified nature quite well but that there was an unfortunate descent of comprehension over the generations.

The End Time In Judaism

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

People will settle quarrels without malice or injury. All will seek and achieve a knowledge of their Creator as far as possible by human understanding.

Spirituality And Religion Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Central to human greatness is our capacity to carry two ideas in tension. Enough with the idea that religion and spirituality are exclusive: Let us fill ourselves with both.

The ADL Defames its Jewish Heritage

Kamran Pasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

In light of its recent statements against the Cordoba House, the ADL appears to have moved from a knee-jerk defense of Israel to an aggressive stance attacking American Muslims even when there is no criticism of Israel involved.

On Pesach Eve: The Muslim and Her Inner Jew

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

This is the prize which each of my Jewish loves - my Jewish teachers, my Rabbi and my Rebbetzin, my Jewish friends, my special Jewish Navigator and every Jewish patient has ultimately taught me: inside every Muslim is an inner Jew.

What Is Pilpul, And Why On Earth Should I Care About It?

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.

Upside Down Judaism: Why Are Progressives Studying Talmud?

ReligionDispatches | Aryeh Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

What does it mean that conservatives, and some Orthodox, have begun to agitate for social justice, while progressives, traditionally secular, are "tak...

Killing off Rational Judaism: The Maimonidean Controversy

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

If Humanism is to be restored to Judaism, the Maimonidean Controversy must be addressed and resolved in a definitive manner.