leviticus

Religion
It is easier to pick bible verses to give ourselves permission to dismiss the human rights of others. If that continues to be the case, your name is already signed in the dark future of the Philippines. Is that what you want?
Science
In geek-speak, the records and rankings that are endlessly discussed on opinion pages and cable TV are not robust to arbitrary decisions, but the long term trend is. Perhaps reporters and bloggers should stop making a big fuss out of meaningless statistics and focus on what really matters: the trend.
Politics
As a rabbi, I am enraged not at guns but at the casual violence afflicting our country, and the way we have grown immune to it. I do not accept the NRA's claim that "guns are not the problem," but I do agree that guns are not the main problem. This is a moral crisis, and it requires a moral response.
Religion
Either you are a prix fixe Christian, taking everything on the bible menu, or you are a Christian who believes that passages cannot be taken literally, and often are not what they seem.
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Queer Voices
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.
Religion
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.
Religion
If they created a local Shmitah Committee and got a few congregations to agree to host or to sponsor the Shmitah festival
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Religion
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.
Queer Voices
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."
Religion
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...