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The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Promises on a Bumpy Road (Mattot, Numbers 30:2-32:42)

Rabbi Minna Bromberg | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Minna Bromberg

Here in parashat Mattot, the Israelites are already encamped on the Plains of Moab, having finished their 40 years of wandering in the desert. Soon they will spend the length of the Book of Deuteronomy listening to Moses give them final instructions.

Operation Protective Edge: Parshat Mattot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses grants permission to the tribes of Reuven and Gad to settle outside Israel, on the East Bank. But he makes them promise to fight alongside the other tribes in the upcoming war. Are we keeping that promise?

The Perils of Trusting the Trustworthy

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The Bible often warns against trusting the wrong sources (e.g., false prophets). But in the story of Balaam, the Bible warns against placing too much trust in the right sources -- in this case Moses. The Bible's warning is particularly pertinent to us today, since we are particularly prone to the error of excessively trusting our sources.

#BringBackOurBoys: Parshat Chukat

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Jewish people fail to cry when Miriam dies. How do we respond when tragedy strikes?

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

10 Even Simpler Ways to Love Your Transgender Neighbor from a Trans* Christian Pastor

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

7. As you would love any other person, for God's sake, don't ask about our sex life (unless we are dating very seriously).

Many Gifts, Same Spirit: Celebrating Pride in Our Diversity Together

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

LA Pride Eucharist, celebrated to kick off LA Pride this weekend, expresses faith in the right all LGBTQIIAA people have to worship as we feel led, without anyone deciding for us whether or not we can be included or what kind of spirituality we can embrace.

Uniting 'Round the Mountain

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Naphtali Hoff

The importance of each individual is certainly something that we are all aware of. We saw at the outset of the book of Numbers that God loves each individual and views our very existence as an opportunity to demonstrate that love.

What is the Purpose of My Life?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

And, what does "abundant life" really mean? And, what does it mean to be "awake" or to come down from a mountain, face radiant with presence?

Camping Out: Parshat Bamidbar

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Jewish people are separated into camps, tribes, and families. But G-d makes sure to send the message that each person is important as an individual as well.

Introducing Louie Gohmert's Head-Turning Theory On Gay Marriage, Nazis And Jews

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on the House floor Friday that liberals who call anti-gay-marriage Christians "haters" are subjecting them to persec...

Show Me the Manna!

Daisy J Lin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Daisy J Lin

I think if I saw food raining from the sky and ate it, I wouldn't need any further convincing that some divine being was up there, looking out for me. Okey dokey. I get it now. You got my back.

10 Fascinating Facts About The Ten Commandments (The Movie)

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Watching Paramount's The Ten Commandments is, for many, an annual part of the spring holidays. While there have been other film versions of the story of the exodus, none have the epic staying power of the 1956 classic.

Passing Over in Los Angeles

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Elan Barnehama

In my travels around the cities near dessert and along the water's edge I have found so many people who came to this land seeking those same freedom to reinvent themselves and restarts their lives.

Tomorrowland: Passover

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses asks Pharoah a question that sounds bizarre and Pharoah replies in even more perplexing fashion. G-d then ups the ante by giving Pharoah a taste...

Moral Authority in Globalization

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

In the post-World War II period, we lived in the moral afterglow of making the world safe for Democracy." And business succeeded! About 30 years ago, shared prosperity began to fade. Today, it is a distant memory for too many low-wage workers. Globalization, as we've managed it, has failed.

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Is the Bible Literally True? No, of Course Not!

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you are a Biblical literalist, as some of you may be, what I've just said most likely bothers you greatly. You believe, not only that the Bible is Divinely-dictated and error-free, but you also believe that whatever it says must be taken as literally and factually true.

Who Knows? Purim

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In the key scene in Megillas Esther, Mordechai zigs when he seemingly should have zagged, asking Esther a question instead of making a statement. What hidden message was he trying to send to her -- and to us?

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.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

God Beyond All Relationships and Agendas: Exodus 24:12-18

Walter Brueggemann | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Walter Brueggemann

The question emerges: What kind of God meets Moses on this mountain? Is this the God who prescribes commands, one who sets an agenda for people to follow? Is this a comforting God, one who enfolds Moses in the arms of divine love?

Leadership and Confrontation: Lessons from Moses and God (Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35)

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

While these moments of heat and escalation capture the most press and attention, they obscure and distract us from at least two far more common, subtle and systemic obstacles to breaking through our stuck conversation on Israel.

The Invisible Man: Parshat Tetzaveh

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Moses' name does not appear in this week's Torah portion. Why not? And how does he gain our admiration by disappearing?