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Ten Commandments

Understanding Sinai

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

The narrative of what occurred at Mount Sinai is not one of the better-known biblical stories. Perhaps, because it is overshadowed by the unfortunate event that happened shortly thereafter...that whole incident with the golden calf.

Whose Ten Commandments?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Michael L. Millenson

Shavuot reminds Jews of our religious roots and obligations. America, though, is anchored in a dedication to liberty for all citizens no matter what they believe. This is what unites us in a civic heritage no religious tradition ever can or should try to duplicate.

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Let's Ask the Chicken... or Maybe the Egg?

Erica Wides | Posted 06.22.2014 | Taste
Erica Wides

The spring holidays have ended, the last bit of stale matzo has been choked down, and we Hebraic types can all go back to eating bread again, although...

'Want to Help Me Hide the Eggs?' Farewell to the Easter Bunny... and Childhood

Kevin Walsh | Posted 06.20.2014 | Parents
Kevin Walsh

It was already a big night. I was able to stay up a little later than my three younger sisters. I was a cocky eight-year-old sitting on the vinyl couch in the lower floor of our tri-level watching The 10 Commandments.

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.

The People Christians Are Allowed to Hate

Angela Jamene | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

It's hard. It takes work, and it takes a lot of practice. Loving everyone is no small goal. It's a priority though, it has to be.

Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors' Candy

Carin Davis | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Carin Davis

For one week each spring, grocery stores display both a Passover aisle and an Easter aisle, stocked with colorful baskets and a mountain of candy. And at the top of that confectionery Mt. Sinai? The Cadbury Creme Egg.

Evangelicals Punish World Vision for Walking Down 'The Romans Road'

Ken Wilson | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

The evidence for the existence of anything like modern day monogamous gay unions in that time is sketchy at best. I love my Bible as much as any evangelical and I think there's a great case to be made that the Bible is simply silent regarding same-sex covenantal unions.

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.

Alabama Lawmaker Refers To Islam As 'Muslimism'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

As the Alabama House of Representatives debated whether the Ten Commandments should be displayed in public places, one lawmaker appeared to suffer a h...

State Lawmakers Debating Display Of The Ten Commandments In Public Building

The Montgomery Advertiser | Kala Kachmar | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

The House Judiciary Committee passed a constitutional amendment without discussion or debate that would allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in pub...

Bill Nye, My Dad's Tie, and the Creation-Evolution Debate

Jack Levison | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

No matter what side of the creation-evolution debate you are on, your partisanship costs you dearly. Why? Because it costs you the ability to read the Bible on its own terms. What do we lose by straightjacketing the Bible with the creation-evolution debate?

Obamacare, Texas Law, Satan and the Separation of Church and State

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Historically, both liberals and conservatives have blended religion and politics, usually with disastrous results. We would do well to look to the past as we sort out the church-state issues we face today.

MLK, Isaiah, Sinai and the Prophetic Voice Within Us

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This past Saturday, I was scheduled to lead Torah study in Mishkan Shalom. Actually, I don't "lead" it so much as I "weave" it, choosing the specific passage we read and then encouraging the participants to explore their own thoughts and feelings about it.

When Hell Freezes Over

Adam Banner | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

In a move that has rankled many in this predominantly conservative Christian state, the Satanic Temple in New York has formally applied with the Oklahoma Capitol's grounds committee to build a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed depiction of Satan, in the state's capitol building.

Lawmakers Dismiss Satanist Monument Plan As 'Publicity Stunt'

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislative leaders in Oklahoma sought to ease public concern Monday over a plan by a group of satanists to erect a monument at...

Ten Commandments May Haunt House Republicans

Steven Clifford | Posted 09.08.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

"Thou Shalt Not Kill" will not be well received by the majority of Americans who support capital punishment. Nor will "Thou Shalt Not Steal" once taxpayers discover it applies to fudging on tax forms.

Life, Enumerated

Jeb Harrison | Posted 08.31.2013 | Media
Jeb Harrison

"Listing" is no cultural quirk or stylish communications trend. From very near the beginning of recorded history, lists have been the primary organizing principle for all existence.

Constitutional Freedoms and Defining Religion

Steven Ramey | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Whether you accept a particular revelation as true or consider a ritual institution to be divinely demanded, the category "religion" is a human construction with a shifting meaning that people use strategically to make sense of the world and to negotiate relations to others in society.

The Separation of Church and State -- Then and Now

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

In the recurrent clash over the separation of church and state, both the religious right and the secular left invoke the Founding Fathers' original intent to justify their positions. In reality, neither side is completely correct on the historical dimension of the issue.

The Sinful Marriage

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The tenth commandment is clear: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife," which means, by direct implication, you ought to be coveting your own. About eighty percent of husbands who cheat on their wives claim to love their wives, but lust for another woman has trumped that love.

Jaweed Kaleem

First Public Atheist Monument To Go Up In U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.06.2013 | Religion

A small city in heavily Christian northern Florida is about to become home to the first public monument in the United States dedicated to atheism. ...

The Shavuot Festival Mystery And Its Business Implication

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

According to Jewish tradition, the upcoming festival of Shavuot is the anniversary of the giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. Oddly though, we find no clear link in the Bible between the Shavuot festival and the giving of the Torah.

Why Everyone Should Oppose Ten Commandments In Public Schools – Especially Religious People

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Every religious person should object to having the Ten Commandments in schools because you are allowing other people -- people over whom you have no control -- the responsibility of interpreting said commandments.

The Bronfmans' New Haggadah

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Tom Teicholz

For Passover this year, Rizzoli has just released The Bronfman Haggadah, written by the businessman, philanthropist and Jewish community leader Edgar Bronfman Sr., illustrated by artist Jan Aronson, who is also Bronfman's wife.