In the Christian scriptures, Herod the Great is another king gone morally mad.
Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword...." The Holy Spirit has words
As her voice began to crack, she continued, "This is not the outcome we wanted and hoped for. This is painful and will be
The question for me is not why Millennials, and not just Millennials, are inclined to divorce religion from the afterlife, but whether this is good for religion. Will the latest research, all of it secular, be friend or foe?
I've never been interested in politics, but can't help it these days, after hearing what's going on between our presidential nominees on the news. I'm sure you're hearing all about it, too. As a reader, I've heard different, negative things about Hillary Clinton, and what's even sadder is hearing it from other women!
God's self-revelation and the giving of the Torah at Sinai was followed by the sin of the Golden Calf, and then the command to build the Tabernacle and thus establish a dwelling place for God amidst the physical world.
It makes sense that the utopian promise is not heaven, but earth. Our ancestors, pre-factory-farm, understood the miraculous elegance of a functional ecosystem.
It is a year of complete freedom for the land and humanity alike, a do-over year, a time to begin all over again. In this context of new beginnings, the choice of Yom Kippur as the day on which to proclaim the Jubilee year does make some spiritual sense.
The Human Soul is a Candle of God: Finding Meaning in Existence (Parashat Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23)
My wife's grandmother is 94 years old. She lives alone in the same house she has lived in for decades. She is remarkably healthy, but is at an age when many people would have already moved into a retirement community or an assisted living facility. But she has no interest in moving.
Beyond Ghosts and Familiar Spirits: Finding Holiness in the Old and the New (Parshat Kedoshim, Leviticus 19:1-20:27)
We are on a multi-layered journey. On the Jewish holiday calendar, after leaving Egypt two weeks ago with all the attendant fear and drama of Passover we are moving steadily toward the holiday of Shavuot--on which we celebrate the revelation of the Torah--and thus toward Mt. Sinai.
Parshat Acharei Mot closes with a long list of the sexual partners forbidden to men, continuing the apparent male-centric nature of the text. On its most obvious level, the women in this parashah are there mainly as passive objects, or are simply absent.