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Feb 17, 2019, 11:36 PM
God Is a Queen and Loves His Gays
Wanna know a secret about God? I know a secret. He can be fabulous, if you know what I mean. See, I used to talk to God. And God would talk to me. I talked to God and heard...
Feb 17, 2019, 7:32 PM
The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 31
Does the traditional recitation of kaddish do honor to the non-believer? I don't see why not, but there are those for whom this is a sticking point. Writer and poet Aurora Levins Morales was uncomfortable with the notion of reciting...
Feb 17, 2019, 3:57 PM
The significance of contradictions in the Hebrew Bible and Talmudic literature
There are many contradictions within the Torah (the 5 Books of Moses), the Hebrew Bible and the Talmudic literature. In the continuation, I will give only one example of contradiction – of what in my mind is the most...
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil
Feb 15, 2019, 4:18 AM
On February 11, 2013, Rosh Chodesh Adar 5773, I BELIEVE poured from my heart, with HaShem's help. Today, years later in February 2019, it's Adar Aleph 5779, and still I hold firm and my heart cries out: ...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 15, 2019, 12:38 AM
The Biblical Taylors
In Parshat Tetzave, there are almost 40 verses that deal with the clothing of the Kohen. As we read through the articles of clothing that are mentioned (Shmot 28:4), a few words jump out at us: “These are the...
Feb 15, 2019, 12:36 AM
Love Is Beautiful, But…
Can someone please tell me why Valentine’s Day is such a big deal here in Israel? Why the day is even celebrated at all? My first year here, when I saw the hearts dangling around the mall, the red balloons...
Feb 14, 2019, 11:40 PM
Tetzaveh: The Mitzvah of Mindfulness Practice
The eighth book of Exodus Tetzaveh, and you will do the mitzvah… When Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh sent me out to discover the mindfulness at the heart of my own ancestral spiritual tradition, I developed a practice with friends and...
Sharona Margolin Halickman
Feb 8, 2019, 2:36 PM
The link between Mount Sinai and the Temple Mount
The Talmud, Taanit 16a asks: What is the meaning of Har HaMoriah (Mount Moriah)? Rabbi Levi bar Chama said that it was the mountain from which Torah instruction (horaa) went out and Rabbi Chanina said that it was the...
Feb 7, 2019, 6:24 PM
Book review: Jews in Medicine
There’s an old joke where a Jewish grandmother is watching her two grandchildren. Someone asks her how old the children are. She replies with nachas that the doctor is 4 and the lawyer is 2. The joke underscores how...
Feb 4, 2019, 5:34 PM
Face to Face in Parshat Terumah
From all the emphasis placed on korbanot (sacrifices) in the daily prayer services one might conclude that the centerpiece of Jewish ritual is the slaughtering and burning of animals; that it is this endless carnage that made משכן (Taberncle)...