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January 23 2018, 1PM

 Another one of the most interesting questions found in the Talmud dealing with the matter of human survival in a hostile environment where the possibilities of survival remain limited. [1] Two are walking on the road. In the hand of one of them is a ca... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil]

January 15, 2PM

============= (Picture: Nathan the Prophet confronts King David’s theft of Bathsheba) The covetous road often entangles numerous other prohibition in its web. Below is a famous medieval parable about the dangers of coveting, and how the covetous p... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics]

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From Maimonides’ description, it is clear that the man who covets is someone who has an unhealthy soul and may not realize it. By being unconscious of this problem, his behavior embarks on a path of self-destruction and moral ruin. Based on this reading... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism]

January 11, 1PM

                When I was a young sixteen-year-old, I remember becoming involved in the Chabad movement in Los Angelos, CA. I remember purchasing a translation of Judah Halevi’s classic theological work, “The Kuzari” that was translate... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [humor] [Jewish History] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [science and religion] [Uncategorized]

January 5, 4PM

  Most of us are aware that the Islamic leaders of Iran have blocked all forms of social media, yet images continue to flow across the Muslim Curtain of Iran. By far the boldest symbol of the people’s revolt are the images of Iranian women taking ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 11 2017, 6PM

  The theme of brotherhood is central to the entire Book of Genesis. On Shabbat we chant the words, “Hinei ma tov uma na’im, shevet achim gam yachad.” (“Look how good and pleasurable it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.&... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Book Reviews] [Current Events]

November 19, 6PM

    Question: The Name Y H V H having discussions with a Hebrew scholar in Jerusalem and he says that the academy have just discovered that The Letters are YeHoVaH, is this correct? Answer: No, it still is incorrect. To begin with, God’s Nam... [Bible]

November 5, 1PM

4 days ago   More images for victims of the New York Attack parkReport images It is one thing to hear people pray in a Mosque saying “Allahu akbar” in unison, for we all have our unique way of expressing prayer. However, when you hea... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

October 20, 1AM

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! [Uncategorized]

October 15, 12 PM

Simchat Torah is a relatively new holiday. Nowhere is it mentioned in the Talmud; nor is it mentioned in Maimonides or the Tur Shulchan Aruch. But it is explicitly mentioned in the Zohar,[1] a work that dates back to about 1270—although it is a holiday ... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [halacha] [Holidays] [israel]

September 21, 10PM

Once a judge was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce, and asked, “What are the grounds for your divorce?” She replied, “About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by.” “No,” he sa... [Biblical Theology] [conversion] [Current Events]

August 22, 8AM

This past week, some of my congregants asked me: What does Jewish tradition have to say about solar eclipses? Like many ancient peoples, the Jews did not develop a scientific understanding of eclipses until much later in its history. Before we examine wha... [Askarabbi] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events]

June 8, 9AM

Was the whale created by Jonah’s subconscious mind? Posted on 08 June 2017. Unusual Bible Interpretations: Jonah and Amos, by Rabbi Israel Drazin; Gefen Publishing House, 2016; ISBN-10: 9652298859; ISBN-13: 978-9652298850By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel&#... [Bible] [Biblical Theology]

June 7, 1AM

Several anti-virus vendors took outdoors-source Chromium browser and produced derivatives they claim tend to be more privacy-friendly and secure. Yet, a minimum of a couple of them were lately found to possess serious flaws that do not appear in Chromium.... [Antivirus] [Antivirus] [Avast SafeZone] [SafeZone browser]
Weblinks is exactly what the web includes. Without weblinks, we’d have almost 5 billion pages but absolutely nothing to link them together with no method to index them. However in between all of the cute cat websites lurks something a lot more sinis... [Antivirus] [Antivirus Tools] [Free Antivirus]

12 AM

AVG Web TuneUp is really a free tool to safeguard Computers from adware and spyware and web trackers. Regrettably, the tool which was designed to defend against adware and spyware itself contained a flaw that place the data of countless Chrome users on t... [Antivirus] [Antivirus] [AVG Web TuneUp]

June 6, 2PM

    The Jewish Calendar: History and Inner Workings by Dr. Fred Reiss — Reviewer Rabbi Dr. Michael Samuel The Jewish Calendar: History and Inner Workings by Dr. Fred Reiss The study of the Jewish calendar is not one of the easiest topics t... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology]

May 24, 8PM

  Today, someone in my synagogue asked me an interesting question about Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner: What kind of Halakhic dispensation was given to them to drive on the Sabbath to the Inauguration of the President? The same question ... [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events]

May 23, 1AM

avast! Free Anti-virus from AVAST Software is among the best free anti-virus software packages you are able to download. avast! is really great since it is an entire tool, protecting you against threats from the web, email, the local files, P2P connection... [Antivirus] [Antivirus] [avast chest]

12 AM

What is a virus? Infections comprise one type of a multitude of malware known with each other as “adware and spyware”. A trojan uses the sources on an infected system to complete some or the following: to propagate itself via removable media (... [Antivirus] [Antivirus] [trojan] [virus pc]
Should you focus on a pc regularly, you very well may bear in mind about Trojan viruses horse virus and it is affect on your pc. It’s a virus, which will get mounted on some files inside your computer and programs that you simply download from onlin... [Antivirus] [remove virus] [trojan]

May 20, 7AM

Vandaag is een nieuw project afgesloten, alle verschillen van de Samaritaanse Pentateuch ten opzichte van de Masoretische tekst verwerkt in onze website. Dit is, zeker voor de Nederlandse christelijke websites, een uniek iets daar bijna geen enkele websit... [Website news] [website]

May 16, 8PM

·         Author: Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum; ·         Title: “Understanding the Talmud: A Systematic Guide to Talmudic Structure and Methodology.” ·         Pages: 122 pages ·         Publisher: Feldheim; 2nd editi... [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

April 28, 4AM

Dit is een aan de zaterdag beginnende Romeinenweek gewijde aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief. Bijna 6500 abonnees ontvangen de nieuwsbrief elke maand gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.n... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

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The PSU market wil attract to a lot of companies available and EVGA is one. The organization only offered one high-finish unit initially and released many PSUs to pay for all areas afterward-mainstream, mid, and-finish. The SuperNOVA G2 series is EVGA’s... [Power Supplies] [EVGA SuperNOVA] [Power Supply]
Reliable operation, fully modular cabling, and optimized for silence. The Corsair RM1000 is fully modular and enhanced for silence and efficiency. It’s constructed with low-noise capacitors and transformers, and nil Revoltions per minute Fan Mode helps ... [Power Supplies] [Corsair RM Series] [Power Supply]

April 27, 4PM

  The custom of the minyan is only rabbinic in origin. When examining the minyan’s origins, it is vital we remember that this custom is not something that is etched in stone. However, as a custom, it does have a rich and variegated history that... [biblical history] [Current Events]

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Creative Inspire T10 2.0 The Creative Inspire T10 2. Multimedia Speakers was created around both form and functionality. Typically, these computer loudspeakers perform their assigned function competently. Their elegant look compliments just about any desk... [Computer Speakers] [Bass Speakers]

April 23, 8PM

  April 23rd, 2017 This year’s San Diego Yom HaShoah presented one of the finest programs I have experienced in many years since arriving in San Diego almost eight years ago. The musical selections were excellent; the theme of the program was “Me... [Biblical Theology] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue]

April 18, 10AM

De Erasmus Universiteit heeft jullie hulp nodig. Yes, de hulp van jullie, christenen! We zijn onlangs begonnen met een onderzoek naar hoe christenen apps gebruiken zoals de Bijbel, Bible in One Year, Dagelijks Brood. Ik ben hier zelf ontzettend enthou... [Aan het woord] [onderzoek]

April 17, 12 AM

After reviewing several quad-funnel 16 GB DDR3 kits, we’re switching some misconception and reviewing a 16 GB dual funnel package from Crucial – the Ballistix Tactical Dual Funnel Package. If you’re on the dual funnel platform, there act... [memory] [best RAM] [Crucial Ballistix] [DDR3 PC RAM] [RAM Gaming]
It is a bit difficult to classify the Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router WNDR3400. On a single hands her stellar performance featuring of the high-finish router alternatively, it does not support Gigabit Ethernet, an absence that’s only present ... [Routers] [NetGear N600] [Router WNDR3400]
DDR3 memory isn’t the latest standard, however it appears is the leading mainstream standard for cost and gratifaction. DDR3 can continue to achieve speeds for their DDR 4 counterparts, which particular package I am reviewing is rated for 2800MHz. H... [memory] [Desktop Memory] [PNY Anarchy]

April 15, 1AM

Peripheral manufacturers must believe that all gamers want costly rodents, chock-filled with flashy, but unnecessary features. They do not. Sure, what gamers want inside a mouse frequently deviates in the fundamental two-button mouse packed along with you... [Mouse] [Computer Accessories] [gaming mouse] [Logitech G302]
Redragon is renowned for getting good cheap gaming mouses. However, what goes on whenever we begin climbing or growing our budget? Does Redragon still provide a better product than other company’s inside the cost range? Today we’ve the Redragon M8... [Mouse] [Computer Accessories] [gaming mouse]

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This unique yet affordable monitor offers excellent viewing experience for gamers seeking both great picture quality and fast response time. Beautiful black and slim design make ASUS VS247H-P enjoyable to check out even if it’s switched off. The screen ... [Monitors] [ASUS] [monitor gaming] [PC Gaming]

April 8, 12 AM

Dit is de 140e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. Een kleine 6500 abonnees ontvangen de nieuwsbrief elke maand gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lend... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

April 5, 4PM

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! [Uncategorized]

March 5, 12 PM

— Yoram Hazony’s exposition of the Book of Esther is priceless. In my Judaism 101 class, everyone read a little bit from God and Politics in Esther and the discussions that ensued made the time move so quickly . . . All my students quickly ordered the... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology]

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Dit is de 139e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. Ruim 6400 abonnees ontvangen de nieuwsbrief elke maand gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering ... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

February 27, 9PM

Translations of the Bible often reveal more about a translator’s world view than they do about the actual text. Once we decipher the context, a translation reveals something that is hidden to the reader. This is especially the case with respect to one o... [Uncategorized]
Translations of the Bible often reveal more about a translator’s world view than they do about the actual text. Once we decipher the context, a translation reveals something that is hidden to the reader. This is especially the case with respect to one o... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Hassidic Theology] [Uncategorized]

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Het is al weer een tijdje geleden dat we voor het laatst een Bijbelgedeelte op muziek hebben geplaatst. Vandaag het vrolijke Genesis 43:23. Zoals gewoonlijk staat onder de video de Hebreeuwse transliteratie en een vertaling. Het vers worden meermalen h... [Muziek] [Bijbel op Muziek] [Genesis] [video]

February 21, 6AM

Ich bin noch einmal kurz auf dem Crosstrainer Sätze wie diese hallen immer häufiger allabendlich durch deutsche Haushalte. Immer mehr Couchpotatoes mutieren zu regelrechten Sportskanonen und freuen sich darauf, sich nach einem anstrengenden Arbeitstag a... [Uncategorized] [Crosstrainer]

February 20, 1AM

Darf es ein bisschen mehr sein? Vielen Bewegungsfreudigen ist der simple Crosstrainer nicht mehr genug. Wollen auch Sie Ihr Training durch vorteilhaftes Zubehör ergänzen um die Intensität oder den Funfaktor zu steigern? Kein Problem. Der Markt bietet I... [Uncategorized]

February 19, 11AM

Der Fitnesswahn greift weiter um sich. Nahezu niemand bleibt vor diesem Hype verschont. In immer mehr deutschen Haushalten wird regelmäßig geschwitzt und sich nach Feierabend auf einem Heimtrainer ausgepowert. Eine Analyse des Kaufverhaltens zeigt deutl... [Uncategorized]

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Fit for fun. Sportliche Betätigung in der Natur wie beispielsweise Radfahren oder Joggen reicht vielen Bewegungsenthusiasten nicht mehr aus. Kälte und schlechte Witterungsverhältnisse treiben immer mehr Sportbegeisterte in Fitness-Centren und auf die d... [Uncategorized]
Ein Crosstrainer kann binnen kürzester Zeit zu Ihrem besten Freund und Trainingspartner werden. Die positiven Auswirkungen dieses Fitnessgerätes auf Körper und Geist sind beeindruckend. Bereits nach mehreren Übungseinheiten werden Sie sich und Ihr Spi... [Uncategorized] [Crosstrainer]

February 14, 2AM

Wer sich heutzutage sportlich betätigen möchte, dem stehen zahlreiche Mittel und Wege zur Verfügung. Neben der stetig ansteigenden Anzahl an Sportarten haben Sie als Bewegungs-Fanatiker auch im Hinblick auf Sport- und Fitnessgeräte die Qual der Wahl. ... [Uncategorized]

February 13, 2PM

Crosstrainer sind kein Modeerscheinung des aktuellen Fitnessbooms. Seit nunmehr 2 Jahrzehnten versetzen sie Fitnessfreudige in Bewegung, bauen Muskeln auf und helfen uns effektiv beim Abnehmprozess. Ein Ende der Erfolgsgeschichte ist nicht abzusehen. Im G... [Uncategorized]
Im Fitnessstudio sieht es bei Ihrem Nebenmann oder Ihrer Nebenfrau doch so simpel aus. Den gewünschten Crosstrainer ansteuern, aufsteigen und lostrainieren. So einfach wie man das als Fitness-Novize zuerst glaubt ist es leider nicht. Obgleich die Anwendu... [Uncategorized]

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Bei einem Crosstrainer, welcher auch als „Ellipsentrainer“ betitelt werden kann, handelt es sich um ein populäres Sport- und Fitnessgerät. Der Liebling aller Fitness-Junkies ist vielseitig einsetzbar und eignet sich optimal zur Stärkung von Ausdaue... [Uncategorized]

February 7, 9AM

Dit is de 138e (en wat korte) aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ===========... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

January 24, 8PM

  There is a good reason why politics and religion may be compared to the mixture of meat and milk. Milk by itself is a very nutritious food. Meat by itself is also a source of protein and vitamins, yet when we mix the two together, they both become... [conversion] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel]

January 22, 4PM

  This past Friday, the world witnessed a peaceful transition of power in our country. Indeed, it is the kind of event we ought to be celebrating regardless how we may feel about the new President being elected. In North Korea, Muslim theocracies, an... [American Jewish Issues] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Political Commentaries]

January 14, 11AM

Dit is de 137e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ========================... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

January 5, 5AM

Op 1 januari jongstleden is professor dr. Bruinsma overleden. Vele jaren heeft hij met zijn grote kennis van de Bijbel en de natuur ons van adviezen voorzien. Ter herinnering aan hem plaatsen we een reeks  artikelen van de hand van prof. Bruinsma... [Natuur] [Evolutie] [Schepping]

January 4, 6AM

Op 1 januari jongstleden is professor dr. Bruinsma overleden. Vele jaren heeft hij met zijn grote kennis van de Bijbel en de natuur ons van adviezen voorzien. Ter herinnering aan hem plaatsen we een reeks  artikelen van de hand van prof. Bruinsma. H... [Natuur] [Evolutie] [Schepping]

January 3, 6AM

Op 1 januari jongstleden is professor dr. Bruinsma overleden. Vele jaren heeft hij met zijn grote kennis van de Bijbel en de natuur ons van adviezen voorzien. Ter herinnering aan hem plaatsen we een reeks  artikelen van de hand van prof. Bruinsma. Het ... [Uncategorized]

January 2, 11AM

In samenwerking met RH3MA presenteren we 50 leuke vragen voor kids, beginners en voor jou! Kun jij de 50 vragen binnen 48 uur(!) correct beantwoorden? [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

3AM

Met grote verslagenheid geven wij u kennis van het plotselinge overlijden van professor dr. Bruinsma in de nacht van Oud en Nieuw. Vele jaren heeft hij met zijn grote kennis van de Bijbel en de natuur ons van adviezen voorzien. Johan Bruinsma (1927-2017)... [Natuur] [Evolutie] [Memoriam] [Schepping]

December 26 2016, 12 AM

In onze lijst van vragen en antwoorden over kerst is al een paar keer een reactie gekomen over de oorsprong van de kerstboom. We willen dan ook in dit artikel een aantal punten hierover bespreken, zonder een uitspraak te doen of het wel of niet geoorloofd... [Kerst]

December 23, 5AM

Steeds vaker lezen we in de media en fora allerlei onzin over zaken die met kerst te maken hebben, en degenen die onze website regelmatig bezoeken weten dat we juist om die reden een speciale pagina hebben aangelegd die op de meest voorkomende vragen een ... [Kerst]

December 18, 12 PM

    This past Shabbat, at Temple Beth Shalom we had a most remarkable discussion on the famous Russian painter, Marc Chagall, as we discussed his various paintings of Jesus’s crucifixion. A panel consisting of Dr. David Strom, Dr. Tzvi Sax, an... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 15, 12 PM

Al eerder is er op deze website geschreven over de Bijbel-code of Equidistant Letter Sequence (E.L.S.) en aangetoond dat deze grote onzin is. Niet alleen is toen aangetoond dat dit verschijnsel, het vinden van woorden door letters welke men horizontaal, ... [Hebreeuws] [Talen] [Pseudo-Wetenschap]

December 6, 7AM

Dit is de 136e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ========================... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

November 15, 9PM

  The riots and protests spreading around the country might give one the impression that these are spontaneous outbreaks, yet there is a hidden presence that manipulating these demonstrations. ABC News, hardly a left wing news source discusses an int... [-Youtube Videos-] [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [good and evil] [Political Commentaries]

November 11, 2PM

  Rediscovering Philo of Alexandria: A First Century Jewish Philosopher Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel has made a significant contribution to philosophy in general and Philo of Alexandria in particular. Samuel knows Judaism well and is an expert on the first-c... [Biblical Theology] [ethics]

November 10, 4PM

After everything that has been said and done, this election will probably be remembered as one of the most acrimonious elections, full of mudslinging, accusations of improprieties, and personal attacks that our country has ever seen. The brilliant French ... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Political Commentaries]

November 7, 10AM

Dit is de 135de aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ===================== LIV... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

November 5, 6AM

Tegenwoordig verschijnen nog maar weinig studieboeken over een specifiek Bijbels persoon. Toch heeft de schrijver Anco van Moolenbroek het aangedurfd om een lijvig boek (meer dan 400 pagina’s) over Ezau, de broer van Jakob, te schrijven. Een keuze die n... [Recensie]

November 4, 4AM

Het is weer eens tijd om een Psalm te behandelen, een populaire psalm in Mizrahi stijl, waarin duidelijk de oriëntaalse invloeden zijn te horen, is Psalm 147. Het wordt gezongen door Hadar Ozeri (die, ter waarschuwing, overigens ook veel niet religieuze ... [Muziek] [Bijbel op Muziek] [Psalmen] [video]

November 1, 12 PM

  The Book of Judges speaks of a time of great social chaos in the generations leading to the formation of the ancient Israelite monarchy. The author of Judges bluntly says, “In those days there was no king in Israel and every man did what was righ... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish in San Diego]

October 31, 7PM

  This past week, I enjoyed watching some of scary zombie movies on Hulu and Netflix; it’s a custom I have kept since I was a boy of seven or eight years old. Halloween was always a fun time for me as a child. Watching scary movies still remains a... [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [good and evil] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish in San Diego]

October 23, 4AM

De zaligsprekingen van Jezus in Mattheüs en Lukas zijn alom bekend, minder bekend is dat ook in het boek Openbaring zeven zaligsprekingen zijn. Wij vinden hierin zeven aspecten van het geluk dat God alleen ons kan geven. Dat is heel opmerkelijk, want de ... [Bijbelstudie] [Openbaring] [Zaligsprekingen]

October 1, 10AM

Dit is de 134e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ======================== H... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

September 21, 11AM

De laatste tijd zijn we erg rustig op onze weblog, dat betekent niet dat we niets doen. Integendeel, begin dit jaar is de gehele website vernieuwd en nu zijn we bezig met het toevoegen van tekstkritische vertaalnotities in het Nieuwe Testament. Ondertusse... [Uncategorized] [website]

September 5, 5PM

  This past weekend, Detroit pastor Bishop Wayne Jackson draped a tallit around Donald Trump’s shoulders at service. What was the Jewish reaction? Well, that takes us to the rest of the story that I am about to tell you. Most Jews I know are probab... [American Jewish Issues] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

9AM

Dit is de 133e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ======================== L... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

August 30, 11AM

Een vorige keer hebben we het al een keer gehad over het nut van doelgroepbijbels. Binnenkort wordt een nieuwe doelgroepbijbel gepresenteerd, nl. de Vrouwenbijbel. De vraag die we ons dan direct stellen, is dat nou nodig Net als de eerder uitgegeven jonge... [Bijbelvertalingen] [Recensie] [Bijbels]

August 28, 6AM

Manicheïsme is een antieke godsdienst waarin de kosmos werd voorgesteld als een eeuwige strijd tussen het goede en het kwade, tussen licht en donker, tussen geest en materie. Lange tijd is er weinig over bekend geweest: hoewel het in de Vroege Middeleeuw... [Recensie] [Gastschrijvers]

August 7, 6AM

Na de heroprichting van Israël in 1948 kreeg het Bijbelboek een hernieuwde aandacht, er werden veel kibbutzim opgericht en de veelal jonge holocaust overlevenden werden getroffen door de schitterende natuur, na de aliyah van Joden uit Jemen kwamen ze in ... [Uncategorized] [Bijbel op Muziek] [Hooglied] [video]

August 3, 12 AM

Dit is de 132e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ==========================... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

July 25, 12 PM

Yes, I have great news for everyone who has inquired when the last volumes of the Philo Torah commentary series will be released, the answer is hopefully within the next couple of weeks. In fact, I will also be releasing Philo’s Commentary on Deuter... [Bible] [Philo of Alexandria] [The Future of Judaism] [The Torah from Alexandria Series] [Theology and Philosophy]

July 14, 9PM

  One of my favorite concepts in logic is the reductio ad absurdum (Latin: “reduction to the absurd”) argument, which is a logical method of argument that proves the falsity of a premise  by following its implications to a logical but absurd co... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [conversion]

July 7, 6PM

Reformations are good for the soul. They keep the religious leaders and faiths in check. In the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, people began to read the Bible critically for the first time without having the local priest spoon-feed it to them... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Judaism and Feminism]

July 3, 8AM

Dit is de 131e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief wordt gratis verstuurd naar ruim 6000 abonnees. Voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering ... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

June 24, 3PM

My history with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin goes all the way back to 1977. He visited a Hillel Academy in Binghamton, New York, where I  taught Talmud many decades ago. At the time, I knew he was already a well-respected rabbi who had brought many Jews back to J... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Gender Topics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue]

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1. Inleiding In Jozua 2:2-7 kunnen wij lezen dat Jozua twee spionnen in het geheim naar het gebied rondom Jericho stuurde. Zij moesten het gebied bekijken en vooral observeren hoe sterk de stad Jericho was. De spionnen belandde bij Rachab de hoer. En... [Gastschrijvers] [Jozua] [Rachab]

June 3, 1AM

In onze reeks “Bijbel op Muziek” deze keer Psalm 13:6 welke gezongen wordt door Yonatan Razel. Net als de vorige keren staat onder het videofragment de getranscribeerde Hebreeuwse tekst met daaronder de vertaling. Er zitten veel herhalingen i... [Muziek] [Bijbel op Muziek] [Hebreeuws] [Psalmen] [video]

June 2, 9AM

Dit is de 130e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief – sinds deze maand met een oplage van meer dan 6000 – is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livi... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

May 26, 12 PM

Het is al weer een tijdje dat we een muzikaal nummer hebben behandeld, daarom een Bijbeltekst uit Genesis afgewisseld door een Psalm en gezongen door Ofir Ben Shitrit. In sommige Nederlandse vertalingen zijn de verzen in Genesis 32 een tekst verschoven. N... [Muziek] [Bijbel op Muziek] [Genesis] [Hebreeuws] [Psalmen] [video]

May 2, 8AM

Dit is de 129e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ==========================... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

April 19, 9AM

Het Jeruzalem Bijbel Centrum en AMI The Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies & Research organiseren van 28 augustus tot 4 september 2016 een vakantie in Nederland, waarbij iedere dag diverse historische Joodse plekken in Amsterdam en andere steden zo... [Jodendom] [Nieuws] [Vakantie]

April 13, 1AM

In 2017 wordt het begin van de Reformatie 500 jaar geleden groots gevierd. In dat kader heeft de Joodse gemeenschap aan de PKN gevraagd of zij ter gelegenheid van deze herdenking excuus wil aanbieden voor de vreselijke woorden die Luther aan tegen het ein... [Kerkgeschiedenis] [Antisemitisme]

April 3, 5AM

In de Bijbel komen heel veel namen voor van personen, plaatsen en landen. Vooral geslachtsregisters zijn soms een ware struikelblok als je die moet voorlezen. Nu bestaat er voor de Hebreeuwse benamingen gelukkig een eenvoudige regel. De klemtoon is bijna ... [Hebreeuws] [Nieuws]

April 1, 9PM

We all love bee honey. No Rosh Hashanah meal would be complete without it. Yet, in this week’s Torah portion of Shemini, we find ourselves with a conundrum that has puzzled many rabbinic minds since the days of Late Antiquity. I am referring to the vers... [Bible] [halacha] [Jewish customs] [Jewish in San Diego]

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Dit is de 128de aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ===================== LI... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

March 22, 9PM

  Yoram Hazony:  Title:  God and Politics in Esther 2nd Edition. Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (2015) ISBN-10: 1107583454; Price $18.27 on Amazon.  Rating ***** out of 5 Stars. Reviewer: Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel Yoram Hazony... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [Political Commentaries] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

March 18, 1AM

We zien soms dat in verschillende moderne vertalingen stukken tekst zijn weggelaten of anders zijn vertaald. De reden is meestal omdat de vertalers andere grondteksten prefereerden boven andere grondteksten. Op Social Media is dit vaak een reden tot zwaar... [Website news] [website]

March 16, 11AM

De vernieuwing van onze website is al behoorlijk gevorderd en stellig zullen jullie hebben gezien dat er in de menukeuze bovenin ook een webshop is waar je een overzicht ziet van een paar nieuwe boeken. Daarnaast kun je natuurlijk ook zoeken op de verschi... [Website news] [website]

March 11, 11AM

De vernieuwing van de website gaat gestaag door en al een groot gedeelte is al helemaal te bezichtigen. Want naast de onderwerpen, waar men allerlei verdiepingsartikelen en achtergrondinformatie vind, is ook het woordenboek nu helemaal vernieuwd. Vandaag ... [Website news] [website]

March 4, 2AM

Een van mijn lievelingsschrijvers is C.S. Lewis en ik heb het geluk dat hij heel wat boeken heeft geschreven, waaronder de bekende Narnia-reeks en Ruimte-trilogie. Nu zijn er in de loop der tijd heel van biografieën geschreven over hem, maar die halen he... [Boeken] [Recensie]

February 29, 3AM

De afgelopen eeuwen zijn er vele soorten Bijbels op de markt gebracht met een speciaal doel, namelijk om de lezer snel te voorzien van achtergrond informatie. Een van de allereerste doelgroep Bijbels die in Nederland op de markt werd gebracht was de State... [Recensie] [Bijbels] [Boekenrubriek]

12 AM

Dit is de 127e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ======================= L... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

February 26, 8AM

  Ghost Riders: Inside Israel’s Undercover War Against Suicide Terrorism by Samuel Katz  –  Publisher: Berkley  (2016) ISBN: 1592409016–Price (Amazon) $18.00–Rated: 5* Reviewed by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel There is hardly ... [Anti-Semitism] [israel] [Jewish in San Diego]

February 24, 5AM

Trouwe lezers zal het al zijn opgevallen, de website wordt vernieuwd en steeds meer onderdelen worden in de nieuwe stijl gepresenteerd. Een van deze onderdelen is de literatuurlijst, een onderdeel die al vanaf het begin aanwezig was en wordt gebruikt bij ... [Website news] [website]

February 23, 11AM

Afgelopen zondag werd er gepreekt uit Markus 5 en wat me opviel was hoe druk de bediening van Jezus was. Want lezen we eerst hoofdstuk 4 dan zien we dat hij een aantal gelijkenissen spreekt en vervolgens naar de andere kant van het meer van Galilea vaart ... [Uncategorized] [Markus]

February 22, 11AM

Als ik aan iemand zou vragen wie de schoonmoeder is van Ruth, dan is de kans 100% dat het antwoord Naomi is. Maar als ik dan stel dat Ruth nog een tweede keer is getrouwd en of men weet wie haar tweede schoonmoeder (de moeder van Boaz dus) is, dan is de k... [Personen] [Rachab] [Ruth]

February 17, 4AM

Sommige boeken intrigeren me al voordat ik ze heb gelezen, het boek van Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg behoort tot deze categorie. Het evangelie van Johannes is namelijk enerzijds enorm pro-Joods (Joh. 4:22 “want de zaligheid is uit de Joden”) als anderzijds... [Recensie]

February 8, 12 AM

In het verleden heb ik wel eens geschreven over hoe je Bijbelstudie kan doen en heb daarover een overzichtsartikel samengesteld. Een van de naslagwerken die ik toen niet heb genoemd was de Thompson Chain Reference Bible, omdat die lange tijd niet meer wer... [Bijbelstudie] [Recensie]

February 7, 5AM

De afgelopen weken zijn we erg druk geweest met het overzetten naar een vernieuwde website. Hierdoor is er geen tijd om leuke vragen te bedenken, onze excuses. Vanaf maart hopen we weer opnieuw te starten met de wekelijkse Bijbelquiz. Share/Bookmark [Bijbelquiz]

January 31, 11PM

Dit is de 126e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ===================== LIVI... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

January 29, 2PM

De afgelopen dagen hebben we weinig van ons laten horen, maar we hebben zeker niet stilgezeten. Jullie zullen hebben opgemerkt dat er een aantal veranderingen zijn doorgevoerd en dat komt omdat we druk bezig zijn met het migreren van onze website en weblo... [Website news] [Simon] [website]

January 28, 10AM

Author: Daniel Klein(editor and trans.)  and Samuel David Luzzato: Shadal on Exodus: Samuel David Luzzatto’s Interpretation of the Book of Shemot . Kodesh Press, 2015ISBN-13: 978-0692522066. Price: $29.95. Rating ***** — Reviewer: Rabbi Dr. ... [Bible] [Jewish in San Diego]

January 18, 7PM

 As I was perusing some of the books from one of my book vendors’ emails, the Islamic name of Ghazali appeared. Being familiar with a number of Muslim medieval scholars like Ibn Sina, Rumi, Averroes, al-Farabi, Ibn Arabi, I decided to look up the Islam... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 17, 8AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid k... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

January 14, 12 PM

Tom S. van Bemmelen is een doorgewinterde politicus, in zijn politieke loopbaan was hij Statenlid in de provincie Zuid-Holland, lid van de 1ste Kamer en daar woordvoerder Defensie en Verkeer en Waterstaat, voorzitter van de VVD afdeling Den Haag en Buiten... [Recensie] [Israël] [Politiek]

January 13, 4AM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, in deze reeks vandaag het hebraïsme Gajes. Als we het over gajes hebben dan bedoelen we dat tuig, die criminelen die de heleboel onveilig maken. Maar eerlijk is eerlijk als je... [Hebreeuws]

January 10, 6AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijg... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

January 6, 4AM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, in deze reeks vandaag het hebraïsme Bolleboos. Als we het over een bolleboos hebben, dan spreken we over iemand die begaafd en intelligent is. Net als het vorige woord bajes i... [Hebreeuws]

January 5, 4AM

De prins van Oranje werd te Delft onderaan de trap neergeschoten door Balthasar Gerards (10 juli 1584). Willem van Oranje zou de beroemde laatste woorden – “Mijn God, mijn God, heb medelijden met mij en met dit arme volk” hebben uitgesproken. Echte... [Bijbelstudie] [2 Samuel] [Moord]

January 1, 5AM

Gelukkig nieuw jaar! Dit is de 125e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) =====... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

December 30 2015, 2AM

Op internet zijn er van de Bijbel verschillende “interlineaire vertalingen”, waardoor iemand direct kan zien welke woord in de grondtekst is gebruikt en wat de betekenis daarvan is. Sommige hebben daarbij dan ook nog eens de optie (meestal via... [Hebreeuws] [Talen] [Vertalingen]

December 22, 10AM

Pawson (1930) is binnen evangelische kringen een bekende spreker en schrijver uit Engeland, die al verschillende boeken op zijn naam heeft staan. Enkele jaren geleden verscheen Sleutels tot de Bijbel en nu verschijnen er enkele toelichtingen op Bijbelboek... [Recensie] [Galaten] [Gastschrijvers]

December 18, 2AM

Bijna wekelijks houden we een Bijbelquiz, maar deze keer hebben we een hele speciale omdat onze website 20 jaar jong is! Om die reden hebben we er een prijs aan verbonden. De eerste vijf inzenders die het goede antwoord hebben en in Nederland wonen, krijg... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

December 17, 10AM

Woensdagavond kregen we bericht dat Margarita en haar moeder Irina een verblijfsvergunning hebben gekregen. Staatssecretaris Dijkhoff maakt gebruik van discretionaire bevoegdheid en verleend verblijfsvergunning aan Margarita Alexandrova NIEUWS UIT DEN HAA... [Christenvervolging] [Margarita]

December 14, 8PM

Since the days of antiquity, shepherds often served as the leaders of a nation. When the prophet Nathan confronted King David for his illicit affair with Bathsheba, he gently reminded him that the role of a leader is to act pastorally toward the flock tha... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Eulogy] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 10, 12 PM

De afgelopen dagen hebben we in het nieuws het grote bericht kunnen horen dat er een zegel van Hizkia is gevonden. Helaas moet we op dit bericht meteen al wat afdingen, want er is geen zegel gevonden maar een afdruk van een zegel, in vaktermen een “bull... [archeologie] [Hizkia] [Zegel]

December 7, 3PM

We hebben nog geen Bijbelquiz geplaatst, maar dat betekent niet dat die er deze week niet komt. Het zal een speciale worden waarbij we ook een aantal tijdschriften van het gloednieuwe tijdschrift “Ancient History Magazine” zullen weggeven aan ... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

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Dit is de 124e aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ======================= LI... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

December 3, 11PM

Vanochtend zag ik een berichtje op mijn scherm dat er onder ISIS een ziekte is uitgebroken. Eigenlijk viel het hele bericht me nauwelijks op, behalve dat de ziekte op de foto (we zijn visueel ingesteld) direct door mij werd herkend. Ben natuurlijk absoluu... [Ziekte] [Job]

9PM

  It isn’t every day I come across a theologically provocative new story headline like the  New York Daily did this morning in the terrible aftermath of the mass shooting that took place in San Bernardino, California—which claimed the lives of f... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Current Events] [ethics]

11AM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, in deze reeks vandaag het hebraïsme Bajes. Het is zeker geen geintje of mazzel hebben als je, na een hoop heibel in Mokum, door de smerissen wordt opgepakt en in de Bijlmerbaj... [Hebreeuws]

December 1, 12 PM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, in deze reeks vandaag het hebraïsme Heibel. In ieder gezin is er wel eens heibel, er wordt drukte gemaakt om niets, een koude ijdele drukte die nergens toe dient. Het is af... [Hebreeuws]

November 30, 4AM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, in deze reeks vandaag het hebraïsme Mokum. Als we het over Mokum hebben dan weet iedereen direct dat we het dan over Amsterdam hebben en sommigen zullen vreemd opkijken als... [Hebreeuws] [Plaatsen]

November 29, 7PM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

1AM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, in deze reeks vandaag Mazzel Tov. Een van de bekendste Joodse uitdrukkingen is Mazzel Tov waarmee iemand geluk wordt toegewenst, soms wordt alleen bij een afscheid gezegd &#... [Hebreeuws]

November 27, 10PM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, soms is de Hebreeuwse oorsprong niet zou gauw duidelijk. Deze keer wil ik het woord smeris behandelen, iedereen kent dit woord wel in de betekenis van een scheldnaam politiea... [Hebreeuws]

5AM

In het Nederlands komen veel woorden voor die aan het Hebreeuws zijn ontleend, soms is de Hebreeuwse oorsprong niet zou gauw duidelijk. Een voorbeeld is het woord “gein”, of “geintje” wat is afgeleid van het Hebreeuwse cheen, dat meestal vertaa... [Hebreeuws]

4AM

Iedereen weet dat de Bijbel begint met het boek Genesis en als je de Bijbel doorbladert tot de laatste pagina je eindigt in het boek Openbaring. Maar ik heb al jaren een Bijbel die helemaal geen einde heeft, het is een editie met een Hebreeuwse en een Gri... [Boeken] [Bijbels]

November 25, 3AM

In de meeste christelijke kerkgenootschappen en Joodse synagoges wordt wekelijks gebeden voor de overheid. Juist in een tijd van grote onrust is dit van belang, Paulus roept Timotheüs dan ook op om dit te doen “Ik roep er dan vóór alles toe op da... [christendom] [Jodendom] [Politiek] [bidden]

November 24, 3PM

Recent discussions on the Internet deal with the moral question concerning asylum for Syrian refugees. This issue is especially a matter of concern for the European countries as well. More specifically for Jews, is the comparison between Syrian of today a... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Current Events] [ethics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues]

10AM

Constant zijn we met verbeteringen en toevoegingen op onze website bezig, hieronder de belangrijkste wijzigingen en toevoegingen waar we de afgelopen tijd aan hebben gewerkt: Artikelen Boekverbrandingen Corinthe Woordstudie Klipdas Bijbeltek... [Website news] [website]

November 23, 12 AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

November 20, 12 AM

RK kerk: Assel Onze website bestaat 20 jaar en in die tijd hebben we op onze weblog ook heel veel aandacht besteed aan zaken die indirect met de Bijbel te maken hebben. Zo hebben we in het verleden een hele reeks gehad over allerlei kerken met hun achterg... [Kerken]

November 17, 5PM

  “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, thinking it will eat him last.”–Sir Winston Churchill The British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy is well known. The crocodile he is referring to is Adolf H... [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

November 15, 6AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee te ... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

November 9, 9AM

Door drukte is de Bijbelquiz van deze week opgeschort naar volgende week. Share/Bookmark [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

November 8, 6AM

In de Bijbel lezen we meermalen over valse profeten en altijd weer blijkt dat deze een boodschap brengen die aantrekkelijk is en door de goegemeente snel wordt aangenomen, maar ook dat iedere keer weer het niet woorden van God zijn en dat ze hun toehoorde... [Uncategorized] [Pseudo-religie] [Pseudo-Wetenschap]

November 7, 1AM

Dit is de 123de aflevering van de Livius Nieuwsbrief met nieuws over de Oudheid. De nieuwsbrief is gratis; voor adreswijzigingen en afmeldingen volstaan uitsluitend mailtjes naar nieuwsbrief@livius.nl. Jona Lendering (redactie) ======================= L... [Livius Nieuwsbrief] [LiviusNieuwsbrief]

November 6, 10AM

Deze maand bestaat onze website 20 jaar en onze weblog 10 jaar, alle reden om daar bij stil te staan. We doen dit met onder andere artikelen die in de beginperiode zijn gemaakt nog eens te plaatsen of daar iets over te vertellen. Deze keer een stukje... [Website news] [website]

1AM

“Leven in het Koninkrijk” is een boekje, uitgegeven door het Evangelisch Werkverband, welke gebruikt kan worden om in groepen Bijbelstudie te doen. Omdat deze zowel in mijn kerk als in kerken van enkele vrienden zal worden gebruikt z... [Bijbelstudie] [Mattheüs]

November 1, 8AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee te doen... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

6AM

Deze maand bestaat onze website 20 jaar en onze weblog 10 jaar, alle reden om daar bij stil te staan. We doen dit met onder andere artikelen die in de beginperiode zijn gemaakt nog eens te plaatsen of daar iets over te vertellen. Start van een weblog O... [Website news] [website]

October 31, 1AM

Deze maand bestaat onze website 20 jaar en onze weblog 10 jaar, alle reden om daar bij stil te staan. We doen dit met onder andere door artikelen die in de beginperiode zijn gemaakt nog eens te plaatsen. Een van de redenen was dat mensen via internet de s... [Website news] [Gemeente zijn] [website]

October 30, 3AM

Begin van een website Het is 20 jaar geleden dat we begonnen zijn met onze website en bovendien dat onze weblog 10 jaar bestaat. Dat willen we niet ongemerkt voorbij laten gaan. De komende maand zullen we hier dan ook extra aandacht aan besteden. We start... [Website news] [website]

October 25, 6AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee te doen in ... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

October 18, 5AM

Wekelijks wordt in deze Bijbelquiz een nieuwe vraag over de Bijbel gesteld, wie het antwoord denkt te weten mag deze als commentaar toevoegen. Het antwoord komt dan de volgende week, zodat iedereen de gelegenheid krijgt om mee te doen in deze... [Bijbelquiz] [Bijbelquiz2]

October 16, 12 AM

Tall el-Hammam De afgelopen decennia is meermalen in het nieuws gekomen dat Sodom gevonden is en dat het om Tall el-Hammam zou gaan en ook de laatste dagen lezen we dit weer in de diverse media. Een van de redenen van deze identificatie is dat de onder... [archeologie] [Atlas] [Sodom]

October 15, 9AM

Er is nog steeds geen uitsluitsel over de toekomst van Margarita en haar moeder, alle reden voor hun vrienden om nog eens een oproep ‘Kom en overtuig uzelf!’ te doen aan staatssecretaris Dijkhoff.  Ze hebben hem een uitnodiging geschreven om een bezo... [Christenvervolging] [Margarita] [Politiek] [Vluchtelingen]

June 5, 4PM

   One of the best-known blessings Orthodox Jews recite every day is the blessing, “Thank you God for not making me a woman.” The recent transformation on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 22-page cover story featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly kno... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Gender Topics] [halacha] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism]
  One of the best-known blessings Orthodox Jews recite every day is the blessing, “Thank you God for not making me a women.” The recent transformation on the cover of Vanity Fair’s 22-page cover story featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly kno... [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Gender Topics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism]

May 29, 1PM

  An excellent introduction to an ancient philosopher By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2015 Philo (about 20 BCE to about 50 CE) of Alexandria, Egypt, is one of Judaism’s great philosophers. The noted scholar Harry Wolfson ... [Biblical Theology] [Jewish History] [Philo of Alexandria]

May 21, 4AM

Il mondo del gioco-lecito, le aziende che in esso investono economicamente ed in risorse umane, ha senz’altro bisogno di “gratificazioni” che diano poi la forza di proseguire in un settore che in tutto il Pianeta non sta passando un granchè bel... [Uncategorized]

April 19, 12 AM

Ormai sul mondo del gioco d’azzardo è stato detto quasi tutto: “demone od acquasanta” è a discrezione di ognuno che si appresti a sottoporre la propria attenzione a questo settore. Indubbiamente, gli spot sulla pubblicità del gioco non posson... [Uncategorized]

April 17, 10PM

    Deb Bowen and Cassie Brown, A Walk With Esther – Contact the  Jewish Federation of Quad Cities to order: Publisher: Never Forget Publishing 2015 Many years ago, while I was serving a congregation in Rock Island, IL, I was privileged to work... [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues]

March 20, 5PM

  Note: I wrote this back in 1988 and it probably needs a new revision. But for those who find such topics interesting, here it is for your enjoyment. Q.  What were the types of stones used in Aaron’s breastplate? What were the reasons a parti... [Askarabbi] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Jewish Folklore] [Judaic Art] [Philo of Alexandria] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

March 8, 5PM

One of the most important but also neglected customs of the year is when we observe the Yahrzeit of a loved one.  It occurs with such frequency that we often will forget about the date altogether because we may have forgotten the Hebrew calendar date. Ac... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [halacha] [Holidays] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore]

March 6, 11AM

My good friend Yochanan Lavie  sent me some time ago one of the best Purim stories that I have read in a long time. Now, who says the Haredim don’t have a good sense of humor? ======== Posted by Yochanan Lavie on 28.02.10 at 4:18 pm ‘Twas the... [Holidays] [Uncategorized]

March 5, 7PM

 One of the interesting facets of the Purim story is the tradition of giving a Purim Torah talk during the holiday. “Purim Torah” is a humorous and often satirical way of using biblical and Talmudic narratives in a manner that is creative and imagina... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish in San Diego] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]

March 3, 8PM

  Hans Christian Anderson’s famous parable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” tells a story about two swindling weavers who promised to make an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or i... [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues]

6PM

Hans Christian Anderson’s famous parable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” tells a story about two swindling weavers who promised to make an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompet... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

March 1, 4PM

  When I was reading the world reaction to the ISIS destruction of the ancient statues dating back 2700 years to the Assyrian Empire  at the Mosul museum in northern Iraq showed their ignorance of the teachings of the faith. I was surprised to see s... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

February 19, 11AM

                                                                                                                                                              ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [New Database]

February 16, 8PM

Whenever I hear Obama and his minions claim that “Islam is the religion of peace,” I cannot help but think the President is utilizing several concepts drawn from writer George Orwell’s famous book, Nineteen Eighty-Four. In this political parable, h... [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

February 15, 6PM

 Shirley MacLaine is a better actress than she is a philosopher or theologian. Jewish groups are justifiably upset with some comments she penned in her new memoir, “What If… A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Book Reviews] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue]

February 14, 4AM

Cresce l’attenzione da parte degli utenti nei confronti del gambling on-line. Molti di loro, però, essendo alle prime armi, non sanno come iscriversi al casinò. A dire il vero, quest’operazione molto semplice richiede pochi passaggi che si p... [Uncategorized]
Non ci si vuole appropriare certamente di questo “slogan”: “Dove il gioco d’azzardo non c’è si vive meglio” è una campagna promossa dal Comune di Ravenna verso i titolari di bar, tabaccherie e sale ricreative al fine di apporre sulle... [Uncategorized]
E’ ormai stato detto tantissime volte: la chiarezza certamente non regna sovrana quando si parla del gioco d’azzardo lecito… Con la Legge Delega si era aperto uno spiraglio di luce per gli operatori del settore che guardavano in quella d... [Uncategorized]
Gli esercenti che gestiscono locali dove sono presenti apparecchiature per il gioco d’azzardo (le “famigerate macchinette”) dovranno seguire dei corsi per gestire i rapporti con i consumatori in relazione ai disagi che possono condurre alla ludo... [Uncategorized]

February 13, 6PM

This past week, I came across a very interesting video written by Ben Shapiro, who is one of the main editors of Breitbart News on the Internet. Shapiro is a Modern Orthodox Jew and his perspective on the issues of today offer  a refreshing alternative o... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]

February 10, 12 PM

Much has been said about the Netanyahu’s alleged “breach of etiquette” regarding his plans to speak to Congress concerning the Iranian nuclear quest for nuclear weaponry. President Obama is obviously feels that his negotiations may (pardon the pun) ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [good and evil] [Jewish in San Diego] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

February 9, 8PM

    The world quickly forgets– almost with blazing light speed… Some of us have short memories and some of us have long memories. This writer in particular, and will not ignore two noteworthy events that recently occurred in the last six mon... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish in San Diego] [Political Commentaries]

7PM

Whenever you hear the Palestinian rhetoric, one would get the impression that Jews were nothing more than a European transplant who came over and seized all the Arab lands they could grab. Needless to say, there is much more history to this narrative than... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Stories for the Searching Heart]

January 25, 5PM

  CHULA VISTA, California — For many of us who happen to be Tom Brady football fans, we read the story about Brady’s alleged deflated football. For those of you unfamiliar with what practical difference this all makes, bear in mind that an under-... [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Jewish in San Diego]

January 14, 11AM

When you look at the history of Islamic art, it’s inclusion in the Islamic faith has not been without periods of repression. Among those singled out for the most severe penalties of the afterlife, are the artists, and other “makers of images or pictur... [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

9AM

As the world leaders boldly proclaimed in Paris, “We are Charlie” as the Sunday rally attracted more than 1.7 million people, and more than twice that nationwide. These people gathered to show solidarity to those brave souls who fought for the public... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics]

January 2, 12 AM

Torah from Alexandria, Volume I: Genesis Kodesh Press 2014 Edited by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel  Reviewed by Rabbi Ari D. Kahn, Echoes of Eden on the Pentateuch  A very new, very old book has been published recently. Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel has set out... [Bible] [biblical history] [Philo of Alexandria] [The Torah from Alexandria Series]
  The second volume of Torah from Alexandria demonstrates Philo’s full spectrum as a Jewish thinker, where he serves as a story-teller retelling the Exodus, a jurist and counselor in his analysis of the Decalogue and later commandments, and an all... [Bible] [Biblical Theology]

December 7 2014, 6PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKtWPMW9PSA In my opinion, the brilliant 20th century Eric Fromm ranks as one of the greatest psychologists and social prophets of the century. I would also add that Fromm must rank as one of the least appreciated Jewish ph... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

November 3, 7PM

  This past Friday night, we rejoiced when we heard the news about Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who was finally released from having spent 214 days in a horrible Mexican prison. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this story, Tahmooressi was arreste... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue]

October 3, 12 PM

Dear friends, It’s hard to believe that the birth of a concept I had when I was about 18, has finally come to fruition! The rest of the series is moving at warp speed and Exodus will be coming out sometime in November or possibly December. It looks ... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish symbolism] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Philo of Alexandria] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Torah from Alexandria Series] [Theology and Philosophy]

September 10, 11AM

  Philo Commentary Blurb           About two decades before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, another Jew, Philo of Alexandria, was born and destined to   became the most prolific writer of Hellenistic Judaism. Philo’s thought is primaril... [Endorsements for the new Genesis commentary] [good and evil] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

September 6, 3PM

Cultivating moderate Muslim voices is a mighty challenge—especially given the paucity of moderate Muslims in Western societies. John Kerry recently spoke a dinner honoring Shaarik Zafar’s inclusion into the Department of Homeland Security as a sen... [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]

September 1, 10AM

The fear of new ideas “misoneism” is nothing new in the history of human civilization and progress. Stalwarts of the status-quo fear a loss of position and power that comes with the introduction of a new paradigm. History reflects such rigid and intra... [Askarabbi] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [science and religion] [Theology and Philosophy]

August 31, 5PM

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in eve... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]

August 22, 6PM

  What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup? Here’s a list of responses: The Italian  throws the cup and walks away in a fit of rage The Frenchman takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee The Chinese  eats the fly and throws away the co... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish in San Diego]

August 16, 6PM

  I have been on vacation for the greater part of this past week. While I was away, I listened carefully to the news about a variety of social and international problems I will be addressing within the next several days. As details of the Michael Bro... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha]

August 4, 3PM

  In a number of recent news reports, we have heard the White House blast Israel for flagrantly killing children, mothers, and the sick. This past Sunday, Face the Nation featured the senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett said that Israeli attac... [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

August 1, 7PM

Maimonides raises a relevant question about the nature of repentance in his famous halachic tract, The Laws of Penitence, “How do we know whether a person has truly achieved repentance?  If a person finds himself in the same situation where he now has ... [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [israel]

July 29, 2PM

  In the technological age we are living in, a person can just about make up anything regarding conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. Given the ubiquity of illusion, we must wonder: Did this conversation actually take place between the Preside... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [israel]

July 28, 8PM

  Finis Leavell Beauchamp, The Terrible Beauty of the Evil Man Kodesh Press  (New York, 2014); 396 pages; ISBN-13: 978-0692237885 Price $14.95 Philo of Alexandria once said that every person who has ever become a proselyte walks a similar path th... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Judaism]

July 27, 8PM

  Yasser Arafat’s estate was worth almost one billion dollars by the time he had died.[1] It wasn’t because he was an enterprising capitalist. However, he did manage to take a substantial cut of money from the billions of dollars that the Western... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

July 25, 6PM

      A Picture from the Islamic State city of Mosul (formerly of Iraq) Much has been heard about the “War on Women” that is alleged in the media these days. Typically, Republicans are accused of denying women access to abortion or bir... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Political Commentaries]

July 21, 11PM

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.—Barak Hussein Obama When we look at the violence that is taking place throughout the cities of Europe, it is clear that Jihadist Islam (a.k.a. Radical Islam) is no longer an aberrati... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

July 18, 2PM

By now, many of us are probably wondering: Who are the winners and losers in the Gaza conflict? The answers we shall consider, might surprise you. Some of you might think that Israel has emerged as the biggest winner. At first blush, this might seem true.... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

July 17, 7PM

  “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” —Alice’s  Adventures in Wonderland Anyone following the news might wonder: Why is Israel entering in... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel]

July 15, 1PM

  Have you ever wonder what the Palestinian notion of a “cease fire” is? The answer is simple: Israel “ceases,” while the Palestinians fires. Only the mind of a Kafka could dream up of a scenario where illusion and delusion are the only rea... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

July 14, 3PM

    Nothing wakens Jews up like a little bit of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semites have a unique way of reminding us why we are special as a people. Whenever I speak to my Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, I like to tell them that, “If we stood for nothing, the... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish medical ethics]

2PM

The LORD then said: “What have you done! Listen: your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil!”  Genesis 4:10   “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:16) “ When a man makes a vow to the Lord or bind... [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues]

July 11, 3PM

The news on NPR piqued my curiosity this past week. A large number of journalists have unleashed a scathing attack on the White House’s practice of censoring news-stories and  media coverage, limiting access to only his top officials and overall. Thirt... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Chess Games Against the Computer] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

July 10, 4PM

  President Vladimir Putin is a tough but very effective leader. He is never afraid to take a stand and fight for the interests of his people. True, his methods can be heavy handed at times—if not downright ruthless. His support for Assad in his c... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish in San Diego] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

3PM

The world is in a state of crisis. As Americans, we do not have to look very far. Our own border situation with the influx of nearly 300,000 people entering into our country since April of this year reveals a moral and human problem of epic proportions. O... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Political Commentaries]

July 9, 8PM

The ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Husayni al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi is rapidly becoming a rock star in the Jihadist Islamic world.  The ghost of Adolf Hitler must be green with envy that he never had such religious fanaticism in his secular Nazi ranks. Within day... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies]

4PM

Never underestimate the power and religious fervor of Jihadist Islam, the new and improved version of Nazism of our time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6QXI0nI6E0 In his 2012 speech shortly after the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, the Pr... [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue]

1PM

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6QXI0nI6E0 One of the most famous attacks in WWII was the Allies bombing of Dresden. British historians love debating whether the wholesale destruction of this once beautiful city and symbol of humanism and baroque ... [-Youtube Videos-] [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

July 6, 3PM

  Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (1924-2014) died on July 3rd this past week. The world has lost of one its greatest and most imaginative modern Rebbes of modern times. In the early sixties, he and Shlomo Carlbach were among the earliest followers of R... [American Jewish Issues] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [humor] [Interfaith Dialogue]

June 24, 10PM

“Today, we’re coming after the Saturday people; after we finish, we will come after the Sunday people” My personal history with the Presbyterian Church goes back to the early 1990s, when they accepted me as a student for their doctoral program. In ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Political Commentaries]

May 1, 8PM

‘A Shepherd’s Song’ analyzes Psalm 23′s metaphor   Posted on 01 May 2014. A Shepherd’s Song: Psalm 23 and the Shepherd Metaphor in Jewish Thought by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, Kodesh Press, New York, NY;  ISBN 978-0-61599-132-0 ©2014, $2... [Uncategorized]

April 29, 9PM

Erasmus, the great Catholic humanist scholar said, “If it is Christian to hate Jews, then we are all good Christians”[1] Martin Luther and a host of medieval and modern Protestant scholars would agree. Just ask Martin Niemoeller. But wait a minute . .... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue]
  Jesus once said:   ·                   “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish and Jungian ideas]

April 26, 7PM

  The language of empathy is hardwired into the consciousness of many higher mammals.  Human beings share the capacity to experience empathy for others. Of course, human beings are different in one basic respect from the animal kingdom. Whereas empa... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom]

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  Empathy is one of those fascinating qualities that human beings share with the animal world. What exactly is empathy? It’s the psychological capacity to relate to another person’s psychological frame of being. Empathy creates a psychological br... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Current Events] [Judaism and Ecology]

April 11, 9PM

  One of the most important feminists fighting for women’s rights in the Islamic world is a woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali. This remarkable woman was born in Somalia where she was raised as a Muslim. She spent her youth and young adulthood in Africa ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [Judaism and Feminism]

April 4, 5PM

  This past week, I watched the new movie Noah with considerable interest. The newest book of my Genesis commentary deals largely with the story of Noah and the moral questions raised by the Noah narrative.  Naturally, whether a person writes a sc... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

March 28, 9AM

The Jerusalem Post featured an unusual article about the Chief Rabbi of Holon Rabbi Avraham Yosef, the son of the late Sefardic-Haredi leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. His son sits on the Israel Chief Rabbinate’s council and commands considerable influence i... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Responsa Literature] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 22, 4PM

  From Jewish Values Online: This question is based on a question posed to the “Ethicist” column in the “New York Times Sunday Magazine.” My colleague at work spends most of his time posting to the website, Reddit. He could be... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil]

March 16, 3PM

  During the Holocaust years, Purim celebrations were forbidden to the Jews. Christians and Jews could not even own the book of Esther. Such decrees did not stop the Nazis from poking fun at the Jews on this Jewish holiday. With diabolical glee, the ... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [good and evil] [israel] [Jewish History]
  The Mishnah teaches that, “Anyone reading the Megillah backwards (or out of sequence) has not fulfilled his obligation” (BT. Megillah 17a).[1] Hassidic Scholars noted that one should never think that the miracles and the story of Purim are a relic... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish History] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

February 27, 8PM

The Tefillah Revolution by Chaya Sara Lefkowitz Menucha Publishers (Brooklyn, 2013); 184 pages; ISBN-10: 1614650950; Price 17.98 In her beautifully attractive book, The Tefillah Revolution, Chaya Sara Lefkowitz begins her subject focusing on one of the m... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism]

January 31, 4PM

    Our society seems so bent upon the politics of personal destruction. When people fall–as famous and powerful people often do, there is a certain delight and comfort many folks experience in knowing that even the great ones have “feet of clay... [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]
   As Creator, and the Source of our being, God continuously brings our existence out of the abyss of nothingness, and is renewed with the possibility of new life.  God’s love and compassion is bio-centric and embraces the universe in its totali... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Gender Topics] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

January 24, 6PM

  Author: Rabbi Moshe Walter. Title: The Making of a Halachic Decision The Making of a Halachic Decision. Pages: 231. Price: $24.00 Publisher: Menucha Publishers.ISBN: 1614650896. Rating: 3* out of 5. Any student of Jewish law has often wondered about ... [Book Reviews] [Contrarian wisdom] [halacha]

4PM

Question from Jewish Values Online In the Torah parsha (selection for reading) Yitro, the Torah tells us that Jethro took Moses’ wife, Tziporah and their two sons, and sent them home. I once heard a teacher explain in a homiletical way that this was... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom]

January 20, 7PM

  Name: A New Psalm: A Guide to Psalms as Literature.  Author: Rabbi Benjamin Segal.  Publisher: Gefen Publishing House (2013). ISBN-10: 965229618X; Price: $31.29 (on Amazon). Rabbi Benjamin Segal’s  new commentary, A New Psalm: The Psalms as L... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Judaic Art]

January 12, 5PM

  Chumash Mesoras Harav – Chumash with Commentary Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik - Sefer Bereishis by Dr. Arnold Lustiger: OU Press and Ohr Publishing; First edition (2013) ISBN-10: 0989124606. Price: $38.24 Rating: 5* As o... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Book Reviews] [ethics] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Jewish symbolism] [Maimonidean Wisdom]

January 5, 2PM

The Hebrew word for “wilderness” (מִדְבַּר = midbar) coincidentally shares the same consonants word for the term מְדַבֵּר (mĕdĕbēr =  “speaker”). Philo of Alexandria and some of the Hassidic mystics suggest that the wilderness i... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 27 2013, 3PM

    Hassidic literature teaches that one of the reasons given for Hassidim swaying in prayer is based upon the analogy of the movement that occurs in the act of love making. Prayer is like  “making love to the Shekhinah.” The Baal Shem Tov  is... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil]

December 26, 6PM

After some reluctance, I decided it was important for me to weigh in on the Duck Dynasty controversy involving Phil Robertson and his off-the-cuff remarks regarding gays and African Americans. Robertson’s equation of homosexuality to bestiality is i... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil]

December 24, 7PM

  This past week, a newspaper featured a picture of a Lubavitcher rabbi putting tefillon on Santa Claus. It reminded me of a story from Eli Plaut’s  book, Kosher Christmas. Once mentions how an old Ukrainian Jewish immigrant dressed up as Santa Cl... [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

December 19, 8PM

  Although Maimonides mentions the belief in a personal messiah in his Thirteen Principles of Faith, he discouraged speculation about the Messiah. For him, the Messiah is not a supernatural figure—his role is political in nature. His job is serve ... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [good and evil]

December 14, 6PM

(Picture: Madam Turnus Rufus probably looked something like Hedy Lamaar!) One of the most illustrious sages of the Talmudic era is Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef (ca.40-ca.137 CE). His life-story has inspired many legends and in many ways Rabbi Akiva’s appro... [ethics] [Gender Topics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

December 12, 5PM

Question from Jewish Values Online: Are the obsessions with money, celebrities and athletes, and maybe even Ivy League education, a form of modern day idol worship? My understanding of idol worship is when human creations or people themselves replace G-d ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics]

3PM

Human behavior and animal behavior resemble one another in so many interesting ways. When an animal approaches the territory of another, it is commonplace for one creature to growl or make noise whenever it perceives its space is invaded. A dog will chara... [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Political Commentaries]
Author: Rabbi Shiloh Ben-David. Book: Shalom Aleichem: A Collection of Halachos, Aggados, and Anecdotes about Greeting People. ISBN-13: 978-9657599136; 217 pages; Publisher: Self-Published; Price: $23.95. Rating: 2.5 * out of four. The 20th century Ort... [Bible] [ethics] [halacha] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History]

December 9, 3PM

  Rabbi Menachem Genack, In Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Leadership  Sterling Ethos/OU Press, New York, 2013. 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-4549-0791-6. Price: $24.95 President Bill Clinton is in many ways one of the most icon... [American Jewish Issues] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 6, 8PM

Parshat Vyigash When the brothers found out about Joseph’s real identity, they feared retribution, but Joseph showed them by example how one must treat one’s adversaries. In many ways, it is in my view, the perfect conclusion to the Book of Genesis: B... [Bible] [biblical history] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 2, 7PM

One of the famous questions asked about Hanukah reads: What is Hanukah? [i.e., “Why do we celebrate Hanukah?”]. The question strikes a modern reader as odd. Surely, the Jews must have known about the holiday’s significance for several centuries! On ... [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish in San Diego]

November 30, 10AM

I often get asked the questions, “What is the symbolism of the dreidel? What exactly is its origin?” The dreidel is a four cornered top that was popular in the medieval era and originally used for gambling. Jewish folklore purports that when the Syria... [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Holidays]

November 21, 4PM

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF9lV319yg4&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqF9lV319yg4&has_verified=1 The actor Sacha Baron Cohen will probably be best remembered for his sardonic film Borat. Cohen wanted to illustrate the ... [-Youtube Videos-] [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue]

November 20, 4PM

  In his Torahmusings,  R. Gill Student cites an endorsement of R. Steinsaltz’s translation from R. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb. His comments are especially important for anyone interested in the science of translation as it pertains to the translation o... [Askarabbi] [Book Reviews] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

November 16, 11AM

 This past week, I went to the local sushi bar for some nova scotia sushi rolls. While I was there, I noticed the large screen television featuring a bout that took place at Wrestlemania. Despite some of the usual shtick, the bad guy won fair and square ... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism]

November 13, 5PM

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGeSpWfOqIY One of the many reasons why Mitt Romney lost the presidential election was because he alienated the women voters. He gave his constituents the impression that he would overturn Roe vs. Wade.  Romney’s ... [-Youtube Videos-] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [Jewish sexual ethics]

10AM

One of the most remarkable people I met in Brooklyn of 1969 was a man named Rabbi Akiva Greenberg. He was not your typical Hassidic Jew. He came from a non-observant home and became a follower of the Viznitz Rebbe, who taught Akiva how to worship God in t... [ethics] [Eulogy] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism]

November 6, 7PM

  Rabbi Kamin’s interesting article on the subject of Halloween reminded me of many of my own childhood experiences. Is Halloween “permitted”? Is the children’s ritual of “Trick and Treating,” considered forbidden because it emulates the ... [American Jewish Issues] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Jewish symbolism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

November 1, 5PM

  Many of baseball fans I know have grown up and relished the great baseball rivalries of the last fifty years or more.  As a native San Franciscan, who could forget the rivalries involving the Giants and the Dodgers—Northern vs. Southern Californ... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil]

October 30, 6PM

Naomi is an unusual Ba’alat Teshuva (returnee to Orthodox Judaism). One might think that Orthodox Jewish women are quiescent and tend to their homes. Naomi is different. She is multifaceted leader and bestselling authoress. In Israel, Naomi has been one... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Gender Topics] [Jewish History]

2PM

Brad Pitt’s latest horror film, World War Z, started making me think of more practical questions regarding the existence of zombies. With the ongoing saga of election fraud, and in light of the Supreme Court ruling regarding election manipulations, I t... [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [good and evil] [halacha] [Jewish in San Diego]

October 25, 5PM

  Isn’t it amazing that Americans are living longer than ever before in recorded history  More than 87 million Americans will be over 65 by the year 2040, according to the National Institute of Aging.  Today, the over‑65 group accounts for abou... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

October 24, 4PM

From Jewish Values Online: The Chofetz Chaim (Of Blessed Memory) states that a Torah written by a heretic must be burned. At an economic loss of $15,000 upwards, Is it permissible ethically and according to Jewish values to make full disclosure of the def... [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [halacha] [Jewish Law & Technology]

October 22, 3PM

Sometimes it seems to me as if we are living in a Kafkaeque world where common sense has all but disappeared in the real world. A little six-year old boy was suspended for pointing his little finger and saying, “POW!” Who would imagine that fingers co... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil]
  Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive. Authors: Gregory Jantz, PhD. and Michael Gurian 240 pages; Publisher: WaterBrook Press (2013); ISBN-10: 0307731685. Price: $14.99. By Rabbi Michae... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Gender Topics]

2PM

  Popular culture often adds its own midrashic spin to famous biblical stories. The episode known as the Akedah, “The Binding of Isaac” illustrates the harrowing chapter when Abraham almost saw his future go literally, “up in smoke.” Bob Dylan an... [Bible] [biblical history] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Heart-Centered Judaism]

October 20, 1PM

Zombies climbing a wall — scene from World War Z. I must be honest with you. I am an aficionado for zombie movies. Brad Pitt’s new zombie film, “World War Z” is based on Max Brooks popular trilogy by the same name. Horror films oft... [Biblical Theology] [Movie Reviews]

12 PM

As a child of the early sixties, I could remember watching the George Reeves’ Adventures of Superman show on television. Back then, the show did not feature super-sized villains like those that we have grown used to seeing over the past thirty years o... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology]
  The following are the stages by which the Israelites journeyed up by companies from the land of Egypt under the guidance of Moses and Aaron. – (Numbers 33:1) The biblical narrator lists 42 stopping points beginning with Egypt. Some of the my... [Political Commentaries]
    So many problems in our society are because of the resentment that we have allowed to fill our lives with bitterness and a perceive sense of self-righteousness. While we cannot change the events of the past that have brought us sadness, we c... [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]
Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox is someone I admire. As a clinical psychologist and researcher living in Israel, he has researched a social and religious phenomenon about a subject that many of us rabbis would sooner deny than admit: there are an increasing number of... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Hassidic Theology] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
When I read about the sun’s magnetic field reversing its polarity within the next several months, part of me felt a little nervous. How will the sun’s changes affect the earth? Does this mean that our earthly days are numbered? Actually, astronomers a... [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [science and religion]
There is a charming medieval story about a certain low-life who once became infatuated with a beautiful maiden. Once there was a low-life who became infatuated with a beautiful woman. He used to fantasize about her in his dreams. Each day, he flirted with... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Folklore] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]
Personally, I have never been one for reality television shows. Life is much too interesting to “observe” from afar. When I was growing up in the sixties and seventies, I remember The Dating Game. This show would pit a number of contestants who woul... [American Jewish Issues] [Eulogy]
Once upon a time, some American tourists went to Mexico on a vacation; they toured some hot springs, where they saw the natives washing their clothes! One tourist said to his guide, “My, isn’t wonderful how Mother Nature provides her children with hot... [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]
The Chinese say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Tonight we begin our spiritual journey with a celebration of Yom Kippur—a holiday that is wholly devoted to the cultivation of forgiveness and spiritual renewal—both as... [Biblical Theology] [Holidays] [Jewish customs]
    For most of us, the planet Mercury looks like a little iron ball, wandering around the sun without much personality. The Messenger spacecraft has changed that perception. The photo comes from NASA’s Messenger spacecraft in orbit around Mercury... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [science and religion] [Theology and Philosophy]
  The Wise Men of Chelm have an iconic and legendary status in the history of Jewish storytelling. According to traditions to have emerged from Eastern Poland, the town of Chelm had a dubious reputation for being incredibly foolish. Whenever the town... [ethics] [humor] [Political Commentaries]
It is fascinating to compare and contrast the world of Greek and Judaic thought. Each people had a sense of purpose and manifest destiny. While Alexander sought to Hellenize the barbarian world, ancient Israel chose to bear witness to God’s Presence and... [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

11AM

  Popular culture often adds its own midrashic spin to famous biblical stories. The episode known as the Akedah, “The Binding of Isaac” illustrates the harrowing chapter when Abraham almost saw his future go literally, “up in smoke.” Bob Dyl... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
Dear friends, The wesbite has had some font incompatibility issues that have corrupted much of the texts with strange machine codes and question-marks that has infested the database. We will be fixing this problem in the weeks ahead, but the work that thi... [Uncategorized]

September 4, 4PM

A friend of mine,  in Israel told me the following story: Shortly after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 a young man went to enroll in a basic Judaism class in Israel. My friend asked him why he wanted to study the Torah. The young man, whose name was Yitz... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Holidays] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish in San Diego] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

August 23, 5PM

Once upon a time, some American tourists went to Mexico on a vacation; they toured some hot springs, where they saw the natives washing their clothes! One tourist said to his guide, “My, isn’t wonderful how Mother Nature provides her children with hot... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore]

August 22, 4PM

  Most rabbinical students attribute omnipresence and omniscience as qualities befitting a Creator. Only God is called, “The Knower of Thoughts,” and “The Searcher of the human heart.” Rabbinical wisdom has long taught, “Always keep in mind... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Political Commentaries] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism]

August 15, 8PM

Personally, I have never been one for reality television shows. Life is much too interesting to “observe” from afar. When I was growing up in the sixties and seventies, I remember The Dating Game. This show would pit a number of contestants who woul... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics]

August 8, 4PM

Whenever I read a newspaper, I read the events of the world with Jewish eyes. For me, the world sometimes serves as a commentary to the Talmud. This past week,  Monsignor Arthur Coyle, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, was allegedly arrested f... [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

August 7, 6PM

When I read about the sun’s magnetic field reversing its polarity within the next several months, part of me felt a little nervous. How will the sun’s changes affect the earth? Does this mean that our earthly days are numbered? Actually, astronomers a... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Judaism and Ecology] [Readers' Comments on Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis] [science and religion]

August 4, 1PM

Well, I must admit–I did not expect to see so much anti-Obama rhetoric from Egypt. Frankly, I think the Egyptian people are tired of having religious fanatics dictate their lives. Yet, the Obama Administration continues alienating the Egyptian peopl... [-Youtube Videos-] [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

July 29, 6PM

Dr. Paul Shrell-Fox is someone I admire. As a clinical psychologist and researcher, he has researched a social and religious phenomenon about a subject that many of us rabbis would sooner deny than admit: there are an increasing number of Orthodox and Con... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

July 22, 5PM

Tu b’Av (ט״וּ בְּאָב)  From Jewish Values Online:  Question:  What is Tu b’Av? Do we celebrate it today? What is the significance of the day? The summer holiday of Tu B’Av (the 15th of Av) is a rabbinical holiday, one that the Mish... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Gender Topics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Jewish symbolism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

July 19, 5PM

The media did its best to portray George Zimmerman as a racist in its efforts to influence the public and the jury to convict George Zimmerman for the crime of manslaughter. Eric Holder, as of today, is still investigating whether Zimmerman might be prose... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

July 17, 6PM

The media did its best to portray George Zimmerman as a racist in its efforts to influence the public and the jury to convict George Zimmerman for the crime of manslaughter. Eric Holder, as of today, is still investigating whether Zimmerman might be prose... [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue]

July 16, 4PM

Let me say from the beginning that I do not like George Zimmerman. His impulsive behavior bought himself more trouble than he expected. If a man could be judged on the basis of his foolishness, the jury’s verdict would have unanimously declared Zimmerma... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

July 12, 6PM

Philosopher George Santayana is perhaps best known for saying, “He who forgets the past, is condemned to repeat it.” This attitude finds profound expression in much of the rabbinic literature regarding the period of time that is better known as, “Th... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

July 11, 6PM

Most people think that the sexual revolution began in the late 60s might be surprised to know that the Talmud portrays the sexual exploits of some of its most illustrious rabbinic leaders! When one examines the shenanigans that occur throughout the Ultra-... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

July 10, 5PM

When the nine days of the Jewish month of Ab arrives, our joy diminishes accordingly.[1] Unlike other times of the year, this period in particular beckons us to give thought to the reasons why the Second Jewish Commonwealth of the 1st century ended in di... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [conversion] [Current Events] [good and evil] [Holidays] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Movie Reviews]

July 8, 7PM

The list of famous people President Obama has invited to the White House is something most of us would find surprising, amusing, and even outrageous. He has on occasions invited Gangsta Rappers like the rap artist named Common, whose poetical lyrics extol... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [humor] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

July 6, 10AM

  The following are the stages by which the Israelites journeyed up by companies from the land of Egypt under the guidance of Moses and Aaron. — (Numbers 33:1) The biblical narrator lists 42 stopping points beginning with Egypt. Some of the my... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

July 1, 5PM

Dear Readers, Well, Edward Snowden is back in the news and his stinging critique of Obama is surprisingly on target. In our country, a man is presumed to be innocent of a crime until he is proven to be guilty. One suspects there is much more to this Snowd... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Political Commentaries]

3PM

As a child of the early sixties, I could remember watching the George Reeves’ Adventures of  Superman show on television. Back then, the show did not feature super-sized villains like those that we have grown used to seeing over the past thirty years... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Movie Reviews]

June 30, 1PM

  It should be no surprise that people associate piety with austerity. This is true of many of the world’s great religious followers. In Jewish tradition, we find countless examples of super stringencies that Moses never thought or heard of before.... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Responsa Literature]

June 27, 6PM

Brad Pitt’s latest horror film, World War Z started making me think of more practical questions regarding the existence of zombies. Fact can often be stranger than fiction. Whenever elections take place, it seems as though that in most places in our cou... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology]
I must be honest with you. I am an aficionado for zombie movies. Brad Pitt’s new zombie film, “World War Z” based on Max Brooks popular trilogy. Horror films often give us a rare opportunity to examine our deepest questions about the na... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [humor]

3PM

Prayers for the Welfare of the State & for the Welfare of the State of Israel by Rabbi Avraham Steinberg. Publisher: Yad Harav Herzog/ OU PRESS; 1st edition, 2012.  179 pages. Price: $18.95 Rating ****   As we approach the Jewish holiday of Tis... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Judaism]

June 25, 4PM

Miracles awaken our capacity to experience wonderment and awe. They speak to the deepest recesses of our soul without words—but through beauty. In the liturgy, Jewish tradition frequently invokes the imagery of the Red Sea, when Moses and his mighty sta... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism]

June 24, 1PM

Most rabbinical students attribute omnipresence and omniscience as qualities befitting a Creator. Only God is called, “The Knower of Thoughts,” and “The Searcher of the human heart.” Rabbinical wisdom has long taught, “Always keep in mind these ... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism]

June 12, 2PM

I have been self-employed for over 6 years and have been trying to find full-time work that would provide me a consistent weekly cash flow. I am a Conservative Jew born to Orthodox parents. I mention all of this background because I have a company who is ... [Askarabbi] [ethics] [halacha]

June 8, 2PM

Dissension is nothing new in Jewish tradition. One of the most famous biblical disagreements is found in this week’s Torah portion, where we read about the famous controversy between Korah and Moses (Numbers 16ff.) Yet, unlike the debates between Hillel... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Hassidic Theology] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Judaism] [Midrashic Deconstructions] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism]

June 2, 6PM

Almost a year ago, President Obama spoke about how his attitude regarding homosexual marriage changed over time. One year later, even the Boy Scouts of America is beginning to change its thinking. More and more states—even countries are revising their t... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish History] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Jewish sexual ethics]

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                                            Parenting plays a dynamic role in the formation of children’s conceptions of God. Many psychological studies dealing with the pathology of religion confirm this truth. The well-known... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Hassidic Theology]

May 23, 4PM

How Haredim Saved Jerusalem “Without these haredim, Israel would probably have lost all of Jerusalem in 1948 rather than only part. Yet had it depended on their rabbis, the city would have fallen: It survived because ordinary haredim were less relig... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Political Commentaries] [Responsa Literature] [The Future of Judaism]

12 PM

Monsters never cease to strike fear in the imagination of people. Western culture has a morbid fascination for these creatures. Whether it be a vampire or a werewolf, or just another variation of the old Frankenstein story—monsters resemble human beings... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

May 21, 8PM

  A tornado flattened much of the town of Moore, Oklahoma with gale winds exceeding over 300 miles an hour. This was not the first time tornadoes visited the area of Oklahoma, better known as “Tornado Alley.” In 1998, 2003, and 2010, smaller t... [Askarabbi] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Jewish in San Diego] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

May 14, 5PM

In the medieval era, jesters played an important role in the courts of kings. Aside from the comic relief that they provide, they point out the asymmetrical aspects that exist within society and our inner lives. Jesters, like fools and clowns, have a bold... [-Youtube Videos-] [Askarabbi] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Political Commentaries]

May 12, 5PM

  Are all societies deserving of equal respect? Multiculturalists would like to have us believe that they are all equally worthy. The answer depends on what we are talking about. It is difficult for me to say that Chinese or Kosher cuisine is superio... [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Judaism and Feminism]

May 10, 5PM

For over two decades, the fight for women’s participation at the Western Wall has finally received its day in court. The Israeli District Court ruled that the women have the right to gather at the Western Wall and pray there as they wish; this decision ... [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Gender Topics] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism]

May 9, 9PM

May 7, 3PM

In my last article, we mentioned the major battle in Germany that has taken place over the last two years. Attempts to ban ritual circumcision have been unsuccessful so far–thanks to the German Federal Constitutional Court. Rather than showing a heartfe... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Responsa Literature] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

May 6, 12 PM

  On June 26th, 2012, the District Court of the Federal State of Cologne ruled that ritual circumcision for children as required by the parents, constitutes an infliction of bodily harm to the child, and is therefore—a criminal offense. Fortunately... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [Jewish History] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Jewish medical ethics] [Jewish symbolism] [Responsa Literature]

May 3, 3PM

      As a rite of passage, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah marks the beginning of a young person’s adult participation in the Jewish community. However, in many congregations across the religious divide, the Bar and Bat Mitzvah day has become a gra... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish customs] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism and Ecology]

12 PM

*picture on the far left is the inside of a mouse’s brain. It is remarkable that it never occurs to Adam or his wife to take a “taste” from the Tree of Life; throughout the story of Genesis 3 this amazing tree plays no part. The fruit was there... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Judaism and Ecology] [science and religion] [Theology and Philosophy]

May 1, 5PM

Picture: A Timurid era illustration of Emir Timur The Legacy of the “Religion of Peace” For many years, I have been an advocate for interfaith dialogue with the Muslim community. Muslim centrists are a rare breed. Although discussions are taking pl... [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues]

April 29, 1PM

(Picture: Madam Turnus Rufus probably looked something like Hedy Lamaar!) One of the most illustrious sages of the Talmudic era is Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef (ca.40–ca.137 CE) His life-story has inspired many legends and in many ways Rabbi Akiva’s approach... [Askarabbi] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [halacha] [israel] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Midrashic Deconstructions] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

12 PM

* pictures are from Failedmessiah.com One must wonder how the last remnant of the Holocaust generation of Satmar Jews would react to such a spectacle. The banality of Jewish suffering and memory is all the more atrocious precisely because Jews are the on... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Holocaust Related Issues] [The Future of Judaism]

April 25, 2PM

*picture of Aafia Siddiqui, a well-known Muslim terrorist who graduated MIT. In a USA Today article that appeared today, a columnist pointed out several disturbing facts about the Islamic Society of Boston that are alarming. The founders of this mosque w... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

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  Recently I came across an interesting but unusual Halachic question: Can the local Jewish pimp receive an Aliya on Shabbat? The original questioned pertained to a pimp who was the only Levite in his community. The question came to the attention o... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Jewish History] [Jewish in San Diego] [Judaism and Feminism] [Responsa Literature]

April 24, 2PM

    Jewish Values Online sent me the following query: I have a question concerning sexuality: My wife likes harder sex and other things like that from time to time (but nothing extreme). What should I do? On a lighter note, I could recommend you follow ... [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Gender Topics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism]

April 22, 7PM

Rabbi Ari Kahn, Echoes of Eden: Sefer Vayikra (Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House, 2013) ISBN-10: 9652295922, 256 pages. Price: $20.95 on Amazon.  5* Rabbi Ari Kahn is one of the most imaginative scholars I have encountered in the Orthodox world. His new ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

4PM

The Psalms’ language is unabashedly picturesque; it full of nature imagery—as is the Siddur itself. One way to think of the metaphor is to see it as a moving image; it is not static. This thought is the simple premise behind the Nehahel Siddur: Nature... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism]

1PM

John Kerry has always struck me as someone whose mind is somewhere in the stratosphere; I wonder if we even share the same reality. When I hear him speak at times, his perspective of the world suggests that he might be a man who is suffering from Post Tra... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Current Events] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

April 18, 9PM

How the mighty have fallen! This past week, much has been said about one of Modern Orthodoxy’s greatest scholars of our time—Rabbi Michael Broyde, who has allegedly been using a fake ID to help promote his writings and Halachic scholarship. The use of... [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Judaism] [Responsa Literature] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

April 8, 12 PM

When one considers everything our people went through in the death-camps of Auschwitz, and numerous other places, one would think that showing respect for the dead is a no-brainer—but not for the Haredi and Hassidic communities. Two-hundred participants... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish History]

April 7, 5PM

  In my last article, I wrote about the heroic Rabbi Eliezer Silver, a man who through his great efforts helped to save hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees. In this section, we will examine some of the slackers who did nothing to help their bret... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish in San Diego] [Judaism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

April 6, 8PM

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April 1, 11AM

One of my students wanted me to comment upon the recent Obama trip to Israel. After thinking about this subject for several days, I finally decided to weigh in and write down some of my preliminary thoughts. As many of you know, I have never been a fan of... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events]

March 30, 5PM

Most people  would be surprised to hear that the charge of drinking blood was a common accusation made against the nascent Christian religion in the first three centuries of its existence. Yes, this historical fact is true and recorded in the annals of a... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Jewish symbolism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

March 25, 11AM

© Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel 2013 The Ten Plagues God turned the Nile into a bloody Mary For every Egyptian named Billy & Harry The entire river looked very scary Especially when Count Dracula took the ferry   Then Moses brought on the frogs Who m... [Holidays] [Jewish in San Diego] [Jewish Music]

March 23, 7PM

  I came across a remarkable midrash by accident this weekend: Although all the prophets begin their books with narrations about Israel’s guilt, they conclude their prophecies with words of comfort. [1] The Shabbat before Passover is called,... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History]

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March 20, 11AM

Foreword, Paul Borgman Psalm 23: A Spiritual Journey, by Michael Leo Samuel This feast of a book—a seven-course meal plus multiple appetizers and desserts—rests on the assumption that God is possible, and that conversation between the divine and human... [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Book Reviews] [Contrarian wisdom] [Hassidic Theology] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
 Timeless Theology PLUS,March 19, 2013 By Gary.Goldberg.MD This review is from: Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theological Conversation Vol. 1: Genesis 1-3  This is a remarkable book from cover to cover in terms of the scholarship ... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Book Reviews] [Hassidic Theology] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [science and religion] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 13, 3PM

  With great anticipation, I was intrigued who the next Pope was going to be. Then the news came on the airwaves: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was chosen  the next Pope; and he has chosen the name, “Francis I,” after the St. Franc... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Holocaust Related Issues]

March 10, 9PM

The Gaon of Vilna and His Messianic Vision. By Arie Morgenstern, Translated by Naftali Greenwood. Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House, 2012, Pp. xiii + 446; plates. Cloth, $29.95. I would give this book 4 stars! When Don Harrison gave me Morgenstern’s bo... [Askarabbi] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [The Future of Judaism]

March 8, 12 PM

Most modern Jews have considerable difficulty understanding why the Satmar, Chabad, Belzer, and other Hassidic movements oppose Zionism. In this short article, I will try to explain some of the theological and exegetical background regarding the history o... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish History]

March 7, 5PM

  Part 1/3 The Gaon of Vilna and His Messianic Vision. By Arie Morgenstern, Translated by Naftali Greenwood. Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House, 2012, Pp. xiii + 446; plates. Cloth, $29.95. I would give this book 4 stars! The Vilna Gaon’s life is th... [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 5, 9PM

One of the most memorable experiences I had growing up in the Orthodox Jewish world, as a young man, was the sanctity the community placed on human life. In matters of Kashrut and Shabbat, there was little compromise among the Hassidic and Haredi communit... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish History]

February 26, 12 PM

* My Father is standing in the back row at the far left side. Purim is here once more. For me, it is a bitter-sweet holiday. The year was 1996. Earlier that day, I went to the hospital to wish my father a “Freilach Purim” (Happy Purim). I was reading ... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [Eulogy] [good and evil] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism]

February 22, 8AM

During the Holocaust years, Purim celebrations were forbidden to the Jews. Christians and Jews could not even own the book of Esther. Such decrees did not stop the Nazis from poking fun at the Jews on this Jewish holiday. With diabolical glee, the Nazis f... [Anti-Semitism] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Holocaust Related Issues]

February 20, 7PM

One there was a lovely lady named Esther, Who did not look like your Uncle Fester Her Uncle Mordechai was a shrewd investor Who made lots of money selling polyester.   One day, the King was looking for a queen He threw a beauty pageant, to find his d... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [humor]

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It seems strange, but there is scarcely a day when we don’t hear about some person losing their grip on reality. We are bombarded by a series of rampage shootings that we hear on the radio and television that occur with almost clockwork regularity.  Ju... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Judaism]

February 8, 6PM

  Passing Life’s Tests: Spiritual Reflections on The Trial of Abraham, The Binding of Isaac by Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson. Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing (2012). ISBN-10: 1580236316. 150 pages. Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson’s new book, P... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue]

January 31, 8PM

Many people would say that there is a lot to like about Rabbi Manis Friedman. He is a leading exponent of Habad theology and his book, Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?: Reclaiming Intimacy, Modesty, and Sexuality discusses a very important concept th... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Askarabbi] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Interfaith Dialogue] [The Future of Judaism]

January 30, 3PM

When most people hear you talk about beetles, they probably think you’re speaking about music. Actually, beetles are very important creatures in our eco-systems. As a species, they represent 25% of all the life forms found on this planet. For many peopl... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Jewish in San Diego] [science and religion] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 23, 8PM

In narrative theology, the biblical storyteller’s identity remains a mystery; he stands outside the story and controls it. The narrative reflects his values, which may vary from one biblical book to another, or as the Source critics argue—even within ... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 22, 7PM

                          With the Jewish holiday of Tu Bi’Shevat  coming up this weekend, I thought we might focus on the importance of ecological stewardship as it in the Book of Ge... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [Judaism and Ecology] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 11, 2PM

Here is a question I received from the Jewish Values Online. There seems to be a tension between the Jewish mitzvah (commandment) concerning marriage (and subsequently being fruitful), and the concept of love (specifically romantic love, as defined in ter... [Contrarian wisdom] [halacha] [Jewish customs] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

January 9, 3PM

It isn’t every day Jewish conservatives get to see the kind of people who claim to have our country’s best interest. Sen. Rand Paul is a case in point. In his latest statement, Rand Paul is espousing an idea that we have heard from his father, Ron Pau... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel]

January 7, 8AM

As my readers probably know, Psalm 23 is my favorite Psalm of the Psalms–as it is probably the case with many of you. In the Introduction to my new book, Psalm 23: A Spiritual Journey, I raised a new question: What happens to us if we make something... [-Youtube Videos-] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [humor]

January 6, 11AM

April Rubin, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Mohel (Mohelet) Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist Performing brit milah (bris) in DC, Virginia and Maryland In this week’s Torah portion, we read about a strange story that nearly costs Moses his life (Exod. 4:24-2... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [halacha] [Judaism and Feminism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

January 3, 6PM

One of the most exciting exegetical works I have read in years is Rabbi Ari D. Kahn’s Echoes of Eden on Sefer Shemot: Salvation and Sanctity—Insights into the Weekly Torah Portion on the Book of Exodus. Publisher: Gefen Publishing House, 2012. ISBN-10... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [israel] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

December 26 2012, 3PM

  Some Talmudic passages read like a good detective story and this particular citation is an excellent case in point. Talmudic names can often sound alike and be a source of confusion to both the ancient as well as modern scholars. Names like Rebbe, Rab,... [Bible] [biblical history] [conversion] [Current Events] [halacha] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [Responsa Literature] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism]

December 24, 7PM

  A Chabad friend of mine sent me the following email that I would like to comment on. It comes from the Lubavitch Headquarters regarding how the Lubavitcher (Chabad) Hasidim must conduct themselves on Christmas Eve. Many Jews and Christians may fin... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History]

December 21, 10PM

Parshat Vyigash 2012 In this week’s parsha we conclude the trilogy of the Joseph narrative; the biblical narrator was especially skilled in creating a sense of drama and suspense. To summarize, Joseph has created new circumstances to see whether his bro... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue]

December 18, 8PM

  God created the first human being alone in order to teach us that whosoever kills a single soul is considered as though he has destroyed an entire world. By the same token, anyone who preserves a single human soul, it is as if that person sustained a ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Political Commentaries] [Stories for the Searching Heart]

December 16, 1PM

I often get asked the questions, “What is the symbolism of the dreidel? What exactly is its origin?” The dreidel is a four cornered top that was popular in the medieval era and originally used for gambling. Jewish folklore purports that when the Syria... [Uncategorized]

December 13, 2PM

  In my previous article on Kosher Christmas, I decided to make a separate posting on the subject of Charles Dickens and the Jews. I have only one minor criticism to Plaut’s excellent book is with respect to the English writer, Charles Dickens’... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Holidays]
  Joshua Eli Plaut, “A KOSHER CHRISTMAS: ’Tis the Season to Be Jewish” ISBN  0813553806; Publisher: Rutgers University Press, 2012. 207 pages. Rating: **** Many Jews I know have a profound feeling of ambivalence when it comes to Christmas sea... [Book Reviews] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays]

December 10, 5PM

  At this point, it is important to clarify a concept that we will be using throughout this book. One of the ubiquitous words of our English speaking culture that frequently mentioned is the word “spirituality.” Although the term spirituality has bec... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Hassidic Theology] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism] [Word Focus]

December 4, 3PM

Historically, the holiday of Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday when compared to holidays like Passover or Yom Kippur, or the importance of the Sabbath. Nevertheless, its significance should not be under-appreciated. I realize many Jews try to make mo... [American Jewish Issues] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [Holidays] [Jewish History]

December 1, 2PM

In New York, there was a fascinating news story the other day. Yesterday, on Nov. 29th, 2012, nobody got murdered or mugged in the streets of New York. New York newspapers said this was very unusual. Now, Chicago is an altogether different kind of town. C... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Theology and Philosophy]

November 29, 3PM

  There is a famous legend about Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai (135-170 C.E.) who once expressed a disparaging opinion about the Roman Empire and its cultural depravity. Afterwards, the Roman authorities decided to have him arrested for disrespecting the E... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

November 27, 12 PM

The Western media has always loved portraying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as if it were a David and Goliath story, borrowed from the pages of the Bible. Western countries suffer a lot from post-colonial guilt syndrome, and when combined with centuri... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish History]

November 26, 9PM

Last week, somebody hacked our website, but the problem is gone. I wish some people would learn to get a life and use their creativity not to destroy but to enhance human life. My son, Moshe, is a brilliant programmer and he combats Iranian and Chinese vi... [Uncategorized]
The image of Jacob wrestling with the God is a familiar metaphor in Jewish life today. I would venture even further and say, Jews have been wrestling with God since the days of the patriarchs. It is nothing new. Faith cannot be mechanically handed down fr... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

November 20, 8PM

Rabbi Wayne Dosick, The Real Name of God: Embracing the Full Essence of the Divine Publisher: Inner Traditions; Date 2012; • ISBN-10: 1594774730: 224 pages; Price $19.95. Rating: **** Reviewer: Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, author of The Lord Is My Shepherd... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Judaism and Ecology] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

November 16, 6PM

In one of the most intriguing correspondences of the Holocaust era, Martin Buber’s letter to Mahatma Gandhi stands out as a remarkable example of how two different faiths viewed the horrors of the Holocaust. So, what was Gandhi’s advice to the Jews? T... [American Jewish Issues] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History]

3PM

  If a picture could say more than a thousand words, what does this image from Hezbollah remind you of? German citizens salute Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. To our “civilized” Western European friends, I ask you: Have you ... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History]

November 15, 11PM

November 10, 4PM

If I were Romney, I would demand a recount. There is a principle that is greater than anything else–it’s integrity. Obama stole the election and the evidence is damning. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence can easily see what has taken plac... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

November 8, 9PM

Part 1/3 Natural catastrophes such as a floods or earthquakes are frequently referred to as an “act of God.” A deer crossing in front of a car that causes an accident is also considered an “act of God.” When “acts of God” occur, it exempts a p... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish History] [science and religion] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

November 7, 3PM

  The Republican Party needs to be introspective at this time of our country’s history. As I think about the collapse of the Romney campaign for the Presidency, I think Gov. Romney missed several opportunities to win this election. Part of the pro... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues]

2PM

Today is a time for national mourning. Here is a quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung on April 28, 2011, and the European’s insights are worth a second and third reading: T... [American Jewish Issues] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Obama's Failed Middle East Policies] [Political Commentaries]

November 6, 2PM

Frankly, I am surprised my fellow Democrats don’t get upset at seeing the New Black Panthers trying to intimidate people. They physically threw the GOP monitors out of some of the precincts.  My good friend Duncan “canned” a Black Panth... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil]

June 29, 3PM

As Creator, and the Source of our being, God continuously brings our existence out of the abyss of nothingness, and is renewed with the possibility of new life.  God’s love and compassion is bio-centric and embraces the universe in its totality.  God... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Judaism and Feminism] [science and religion] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

September 15 2010, 7PM

Available Now! Well, the time has come for me to start promoting my new book: Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theological Conversation Part 1: Genesis 1-3. You can purchase the book at a nice discount at Amazon.com You can also get it at Bar... [Uncategorized]

July 29, 2PM

Over the years I have noticed that when it comes to the recitation of the Shema prayer, most Jews readily chant the first paragraph of the Shema with enthusiasm. The first paragraph reads: Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Theref... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Current Events] [israel] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Judaism and Ecology] [science and religion] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

April 8, 6PM

The BibleTech:2010 conference was a great time! On Friday night we had the largest birds-of-a-feather session centered around Web APIs for Scripture. Open Scriptures API: Unified Web Service for Scriptural Linked Data By Weston Ruter Video: Vimeo Slides:... [podcast]

March 22, 8PM

Unlike the Greek philosophers and poets of antiquity, the ancients of Judea did not perceive God as a philosophical construct, nor as a static timeless being, nor as an impersonal cosmic process, energy, force or intelligence and certainly not as... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 10, 7PM

At one of my classes, some student asked a pretty interesting question: In Orthodox Judaism, can a woman perform brit milah (ritual circumcision)? A Talmudic Discussion There is a controversy in the Talmud  regarding this very issue between Daru bar Pa... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Jewish symbolism] [Responsa Literature]

March 9, 10PM

Let me apologize if the following material seems obtusely worded. Some rabbis have a serious problem expressing coherent thoughts that appeal to common sense. Clearly, some of our ancestors were lacking in this department. The Talmudic style of reasoning ... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [halacha] [israel] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Judaism and Feminism] [Responsa Literature] [The Future of Judaism]

7PM

This past week, the Jewish Star updated its article about the maverick Modern Orthodox named Rabbi Avi Weiss, who recently backed down from a confrontation with the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America) over his decision to offer ordination to a Sara Hurwit... [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [israel] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [Responsa Literature] [The Future of Judaism] [Private: Who says a woman can’t serve as a rabbi? Posted by admin in Bible] [religious ethics]

11AM

The just man knows the soul of his beast, but the heart of the wicked is merciless. —Proverbs 12:10 The author of Proverbs stresses an important ethical lesson: a humane person considers the needs of his animals and acts kindly towards them.[1] The wo... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Judaism and Ecology] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
Whenever I teach a class on Leviticus, inevitably my students ask: “What is the psychology that inspires one to offer a sacrifice in general, and the burnt offering in particular? Why is the burnt offering mentioned first in the opening chapter of L... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism]

10AM

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972) posits that the Sabbath is an “architecture of sacred time.”[1] He poignantly argues that while it is true that all peoples of antiquity venerated certain places as holy, the Torah places a far greater emphasis on ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [israel] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 8, 10PM

A friend of mine sent me 100 one-liners: You can’t ride two horses with one tuchas (one “ass”) A pretty face is expensive. 43% of all statistics are worthless. 7/5th of all people do not understand fractions. 99% of lawyers are giving t... [humor]

5PM

The Middle East has often been synonymous with the metaphors of despair and angst. This story began about six years ago, when a young Israeli Arab law student and musician named George Khoury, was accidentally killed by a drive-by Palestinian terrorist, w... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism]

10AM

Understanding the “Real” War Against the Internet Strangely, Rosenblum neglects to mention the most important aspect about the  Haredi war against the Internet–they fear its self critiquing and self-examination much more than the erot... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [israel] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

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JONATHAN ROSENBLUM is a fine and articulate Haredi columnist for the Jerusalem Post. In one of his most recent articles, Rosenblum writes about the Haredi rabbinic decision to “declare war” on the Internet. “Declare war” you say... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism]

March 7, 6PM

One of my favorite concepts in logic is the reductio ad absurdum (Latin: “reduction to the absurd”)  argument, which is a logical method of argument that proves the falsity of a premise  by following its implications to a logical but absurd ... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Responsa Literature] [The Future of Judaism]

9AM

Generation X. You gotta love ‘em. That’s my son’s generation. He grew up in a Haredi and Hasidic home with an overbearing step-father; and now he is an agnostic, in search of his own spiritual identity. Like Jacob, Moshe struggles with G... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [science and religion]

March 6, 10PM

The Scarab’s Tale of  Death and Renewal Here is the story how Jung arrived at this original concept. One of Jung’s patients had a strong rationalistic bent to her personality. Indeed, she challenged and may have even frustrated Jung on man... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish symbolism] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

7PM

A Bridge Across Time? You have probably heard of  this  story before.  Every time I come across this citation, it makes me pause and wonder. American presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were both tragically assassinated during their terms i... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish History] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

3PM

You probably heard the story before a hundred times before. A Catholic scholar, devoted to the Church and its doctrines throughout his life, died and went to Heaven, where he was greeted by St. Peter. For his heavenly reward, the scholar asked to see the ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Judaism and Feminism] [New Testament and Jewish scholarship] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

2PM

A Greek Should be Thankful for Three Things . . . At this point one could ask: What sort of teachings might have inspired Rabbi Judah to formulate these three blessings? There may be two possible sources: Greek or early Christian writings. Of the two choi... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish sexual ethics] [New Testament and Jewish scholarship] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

12 PM

As we have pointed out in other postings, a strong case can be made that one of the most serious  “deadly sins” of history is the sin of misogyny. Every faith grapples with this problem in one form or another. In Judaism, there is a well known blessi... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [halacha] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [New Testament and Jewish scholarship] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

March 5, 8PM

Byline: March 5th, 2010 — 5:45 PM Life’s Unexpected Upheavals With all the economic upheaval and uncertainty we face these days, it is important to not lose faith in the possibilities of today’s momentous hour. Nobody can afford the luxury o... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 4, 8PM

Childhood Memories As a child, I used to love reading the golem stories attributed to Rabbi Judah Lowe, a.k.a., the famous “Maharal of Prague” (1525-1609).  Since my father came from Czechoslovakia, I grew up hearing many family tales about t... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Jewish medical ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [science and religion] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [The Golem legend]

6PM

The 13th century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart writes that true love must transcend selfish interests; love begins by being genuinely concerned with the welfare of the Other. Whoever dwells in the goodness of his [God's nature dwells in God's love. Lov... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
Now, there are several reasons why modern man finds it difficult to relate to such a personal view of God. Much of this problem is because of the technological and secularized world we have embraced since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, if not... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

5PM

Human beings, since the earliest stages of its history, has always participated in a world of prayer. The English word “prayer” derives from the Middle English preiere, which derives from Medieval Latin precāria, from feminine of Latin precā... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

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Hello everyone, I thought it would be nice to focus on a topic that I think many of us struggle with–prayer. Here are a few of my meditations. In our modern age, it is not uncommon for people to think of traditional prayer as childish, if not absurd... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish symbolism] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

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Sometimes even the most obvious biblical passages can be perplexing. One interesting verse is a case in point: “Therefore, do not say, ‘What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we do not then sow or reap our crop?’ I will bestow such blessings ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [halacha] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Judaism] [Responsa Literature] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [Word Focus]

10AM

As we mentioned earlier, exegetic scholars–both Jewish and Christian–have long recognized the problems with the numbers mentioned in the Bible. Judging by the numbers listed in the beginning of Numbers, the Israelite nation must have consisted... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Holidays] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism]

March 3, 8PM

According to Numbers 1:46, the Israelite army stood at “six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty.” On the basis of the census taken, one must assume there was an excess of 2,000,000 Israelites in the wilderness, of which  603,550 were so... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [israel] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism]
Children have an unusual ability when it comes to confronting our spiritual hypocrisy as parents and as adults; very often they get to the essence of the problem as they perceive things. Frequently, as parents we often fail to hear the questions our young... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
In the last two centuries, we have witnessed the rise of many new theories concerning the origins of religion which continue the debate started by the ancients.  There seems to be little agreement among scholars as to how or why religions first originate... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish History] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
The origin of idolatry is a fascinating study in and of itself. Maimonides traced the origin of idolatry to  the pre-Diluvial era of Enosh. Maimonides writes: During the days of Enosh, humankind made a serious mistake, and the wise men of that generation... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

March 2, 10PM

Aristotle and the great Greek writers like Euripides, Sophocles, and Aristophanes regarded irony (from the ancient Greek noun  εἰρωνεία  [eirōneía] meaning hypocrisy, deception, or feigned ignorance) as a situation where an observer sees an i... [-Youtube Videos-] [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [good and evil] [humor] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore]

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Amazing, this game was a total crush! Bear in mind the program is about 2650. [Date "28/2/2010"] [White "MS"] [Black "LCHESS 5.3.0.0"] [Result "1-0"] [Opening "A13 English Opening"] 1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. e4 Nc6 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Ne5 6. d3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 O-... [Chess Games Against the Computer]

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In his classical work on masculine spirituality, Iron John, Robert Bly notes how our contemporary society no longer provides the necessary rituals to help reintegrate warriors after a war. Unlike the ancient societies, which presented a series of complex ... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [holding on to one's soul at a time of war]

7AM

The “Jim Crow Laws”  remind us of one of the most shameful chapters of American history, a time when many Southern states enacted laws designed to keep Afro-Americans from enjoying the same civil liberties and rights that blacks enjoyed in... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism] [Yochanan Lavie's Golden Classics]

March 1, 10PM

In the beginning of Exodus 30:12-13, God commands Moses not conduct a head count of the Israelites before they go into battle against future adversaries: “When you take a census of the Israelites who are to be registered, each one, as he is enrolled, sh... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

7PM

Aaron’s construction of the Golden Calf has always perplexed me. It seems as though Aaron gets away with a free pass, while everyone else who actually worships the calf is punished. Surely tradition teaches וְלִפְנֵי עִוֵּר לֹא ת... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

February 28, 9AM

Debating Evolution in Israel The United States is not the only place where creationists attempt to redesign the science curriculum in textbooks. Israel’s chief scientist in Israel’s ministry of education, Gavriel Avital, “sparked a furor... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [humor] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Judaism and Ecology] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [Yochanan Lavie's Golden Classics]

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Purim picture of the day. [Purim in Meah Sharim--Haredi style] compliments of Failedmessiah.com. Now, who says the Haredim don’t have a good sense of humor? ======== Posted by Yochanan Lavie on 28.02.10 at 4:18 pm ‘Twas the night before... [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Holidays] [humor] [israel] [Yochanan Lavie's Golden Classics]

February 27, 11PM

Purim Torah is a remarkable genre of Jewish literature. It is rabbinic satire at its best that centers around the festivities of Purim. Those individuals writing Purim Torah display remarkable wit in weaving Talmudic logic in fabricating conclusions th... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holidays] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

February 26, 12 PM

As I prepare myself for Shabbat, I enjoy using the time to commune with God. Usually, I imagine myself as a being surrounded by God’s light, the mystical light called, “Shekhinah,” “The Indwelling One.” Prayer is all about tr... [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

10AM

The joke is as old as the hills. A Chinese man and his Jewish friend were walking along one day when the Jewish man whirled and slugged the Chinese man and knocked him down. “What was that for?” the Chinese man asked. “That was for Pearl... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holidays] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [Political Commentaries] [The Future of Judaism]

8AM

Purim is here once more. For me it is a bitter-sweet holiday. The year was 1996. Earlier that day, I went to the hospital to wish my father a “Freilach Purim” (Happy Purim).  I was reading the Megillah for my synagogue, when suddenly, somebody inform... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [The Future of Judaism]

February 25, 9AM

In the previous posts, we touched upon the dynamics of the shadow archetype that hides the inner person that exists inside us. The key to a optimum psychological state of health requires that we get understand the hidden depths of our souls and psyches... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish symbolism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Theology and Philosophy]

8AM

Whenever I celebrated Purim in Me’ah Sharim, the Haredi epicenter of Jerusalem, I always marveled at the costumes the Haaredim used to wear. Every year, the Haredim participate in cross-dressing. Haredim in drag. What a sight to behold. Haredim and... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [humor] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism and Feminism] [Responsa Literature] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [When Haredim go drag]

February 24, 4PM

Some time ago,  I had a friendly discussion with Rabbi Yisrael Goldberg, a young Chabadnik who lives in Israel. In the course of our talk, he mentioned that in California, the late Rabbi Avraymo Levitanski   (a former teacher of mine) had recently die... [ethics] [Hassidic Theology] [Holidays] [humor] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish History] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism] [Word Focus]

3PM

Another milestone has occurred this week. We have crossed the 100,000 mark for the first time! Thanks for your support. By all means, I encourage you to participate in some of the discussions. Nobody has all the answers, and we have much to learn from one... [Uncategorized]

February 23, 8PM

Studying the philosopher Jacques Derrida is never for the squeamish of heart.  When you read his writings, you have to wonder why he can’t seem to formulate his ideas in a more straight-forward language. Derrida almost  always writes in the idiom ... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
The covetous road often entangles numerous other prohibition in its web. Below is a famous medieval parable about the dangers of coveting, and how the covetous person may ultimately get much more than he originally bargained. ============= On Shabbat eve,... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish sexual ethics]

6PM

Continuing the theme of desire that we introduced in the last posting, Judaic commentaries have often wondered about the famous proscription of the Decalogue: “You shall not covet” (Exod. 20:17). What exactly is Moses speaking about? This ques... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]
While there are several versions of the Fall narrative in ancient Semitic literature, it is not widely known that a mythic memory of a primordial Fall is also recorded in the Oriental world and this phenomenon is especially interesting when examined from ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [A Buddhist Version of the Edenic Fall?]

5PM

Carl G. Jung writes a lot about the nature of “shadow projection” in his writings. Individuals will often project their shadow unto someone else they know well. Just look at any divorce trial, the tendency is to project blame unto the Other, rather th... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish History] [Political Commentaries] [Yochanan Lavie's Golden Classics]

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In 1996, I received my doctorate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo (SFTS), California.  SFTS is really a gorgeous school, nestled in the foothills of Marin County. One could hardly have asked for a better place to study and engag... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Holocaust Related Issues] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History]

February 22, 10PM

As I have written on other occasions, life is a series of rebirths. What we start out in life is often different from what we ultimately become. Let me tell you a well-known story that illustrates this point about the life of Moses. The origin of this sto... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish symbolism] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

5PM

Every Apocryphal Story Has  a Germ of Historical Truth According to an apocryphal legend,[1] Egyptian King Ptolemy Philadelphus (who ruled 285-246 B.C.E.) sent a delegation to a high priest named Eleazar in Jerusalem, who  organized  a group of 72 scri... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [conversion] [Jewish History] [The Future of Judaism]

February 21, 7PM

This afternoon, I concluded my winter lecture series on “The Seven Deadly Sins–A Comparative Study” at St. Ambrose University. This posting is a brief summary of some of the salient points we discussed during our last session. The Vat... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

February 20, 7PM

Who says religious people aren’t funny? Where is Jay Leno when you need him? From the rabbinic savants who introduced separate sidewalks, segregated buses, and separate shopping hours for men and women in Israel, their rabbis are now encouraging Har... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [humor] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [A Freudian approach to Haredi piety]

February 19, 7AM

In this week’s Torah reading (Exod. 25:18-12), we find a precept instructing Moses to make two cherubim of gold: “You shall make two cherubim of gold; you shall make them of hammered work, at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at ... [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism and Feminism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

February 18, 11PM

When I was looking at the numbers of Ethiopian Jews living in Israel, I felt very proud of those rabbis and Jewish leaders that knew how to respond in times of great crisis. Jewish ethics teaches that anyone who saves one life is considered as though h... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holocaust Related Issues] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Responsa Literature] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [The Future of Judaism]

5PM

Someone sent an interesting question the other day in an email: What is the most logical reason why the ego exists? Why do people ask me only the easy questions? Here is a thumbnail sketch. The answer to this question probably depends on how one wants to ... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [science and religion] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [Uncategorized]

February 17, 9PM

I personally know of many prodigal sons and daughters of Lubavitch, people who left the famous Hasidic movement for a variety of reasons.  Their stories are all too familiar to me. Some became disillusioned with its values and philosophy; others could no... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish History] [Jewish Law & Technology] [The Future of Judaism]

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February 16, 4PM

February 15, 8PM

The ancients believe that an amulet is supposedly charged with magical power that can ward off misadventure, disease, or the assaults of malign beings–whether demonic or human. A talisman is an object similarly used to enhance a person’s pote... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

2PM

Redefining the role of prayer in a modern age is  one  of modern Judaism’s greatest challenges. This is true not only of Judaism, but of all religion as well. I see prayer primarily in existential terms. Prayer is rooted in the conviction that the... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Jewish symbolism] [Judaism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

February 14, 7PM

Although Shammai had his differences with Hillel with respect to how one receives perspective converts to Judaism, one thing is evident—not even Shammai ever believed that a Beit Din [rabbinical court] has the right to keep perspective converts in a sta... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Hassidic Theology] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Judaism and Feminism] [Political Commentaries] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

February 13, 7PM

I must confess. For decades now, I have never been a fan of the  London Beth Din. I have felt this way ever since they invalidated Rabbi Shlomo Goren’s conversion back in the 1980s.  Well, recently, the London Beit Din has earned my respect again... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [israel] [Jewish History] [The Future of Judaism]

February 12, 4PM

The Talmud relates (BT Shabbat 31): “A gentile once came to convert to Judaism, on the condition that he could learn the whole Torah while standing on one foot. He approached Shammai, who rejected him. So he went to Hillel and asked him that he wanted t... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Jewish History] [The Future of Judaism] [Are the Haredim and Chabad the "New Shammites"?] [Why doesn't the Haredi world emulate Hillel?]

February 11, 11PM

While the government considers it a national task, the state of conversion in Israel continues to deteriorate. Official data indicate a 12% drop in the number of conversions to Judaism in Israel in 2009. Just 986 out of 300,000 people with no religious af... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [The Future of Judaism]

10PM

News! Flash! The metrics of this month indicate we are well on the way of passing the 70,000 hit mark this month!! [Uncategorized]

9PM

One autumn morning, Buber experienced what he believed to be a powerful mystical experience. On a July day in 1914, a young man named Mehe’ was soon about to enter the army and he came to see Buber for guidance. Those were difficult days. Buber politely... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

2PM

If parallel worlds exist, I wonder what would the world be like if Judaism became one of the world’s largest religions? The question for some people may seem kind of funny. Can you imagine donating money to the government so that they could print th... [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [halacha] [Jewish History] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]
There is a tendency among most Jews to think that Halacha by definition must always lean toward conservatism. However, the historical facts do not support this hypothesis. Modern Halacha examines an interesting question: Should we go out of our way to att... [American Jewish Issues] [Askarabbi] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

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Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffman was a most unusual rabbi for his time. His attitudes toward a perspective convert was pretty liberal–especially when compared to the positions taken by numerous Modern Orthodox and Haredi rabbis living today. It is unfortunate t... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [conversion] [Current Events] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Jewish History] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism]

11AM

An interesting new story broke out in the Israeli papers yesterday. Haredi rabbis are upset over Mogen David Adom (the Israeli equivalent to the Red Cross) placing a station in the heart of the Haredi community in Jerusalem. They are objecting to the lack... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish History] [One Haredi organization I deeply respect]

February 10, 7PM

5PM

The story about Rabbi Yitzchak Batzri’s exorcism continues to surprise me. How can anyone be so gullible? Channel 10 archives produced another one of the Kabbalist’s exorcisms involving a woman who claimed to be possessed by the spirit of her ... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [humor] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Yochanan Lavie's Golden Classics]
Most people usually associate exorcism with the rites seen in the Catholic Church, but how many people are aware that exorcism rites exist also in Jewish tradition? Well, recently in the news once again [1], a Rabbi Yitzchak  Batzri, a telegenic exorcist... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [humor] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish Folklore] [Jewish History] [Jewish Law & Technology] [The Future of Judaism] [Jewish exorcism]

February 9, 9PM

Homosexuality most likely existed even in the ancient rabbinic communities. The rabbis were undoubtedly familiar with Greek  and Roman culture, where homosexuality was considered a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. [1] Although the Sages worried about thei... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [homosexuality and the Haredi community] [homosexuality in the Talmud] [Jewish views on homosexuality]

7PM

I think within the Halachic world there has been a remarkable redefinition of many of the more traditional attitudes concerning the congenital homosexual. Traditionally, most biblical translations render  tôʿēbâ as “abomination.” According to... [Bible] [biblical history] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [homosexuality and the Haredi community] [Jewish views on homosexuality]

3PM

Whenever examining the history of slavery in the Bible, it is always fascinating to contrast it with other views found in the ancient world. When we look specifically at the writings of Aristotle, in his Athenian Constitution and in his work on Politics, ... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [halacha]

February 8, 4PM

Dorothy Sayers observes, “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair… the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose ... [American Jewish Issues] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Judaism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

12 PM

Yesterday, I began teaching a new miniseries at St. Ambrose College on the Seven Deadly Sins. With thirty + students in the class, we had some great discussions. One of the assignments I gave the students was to think about composing a more modern list of... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [biblical history] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [israel] [Jewish and Jungian ideas] [Jewish History] [Jewish sexual ethics] [Judaism and Feminism]

11AM

As of late, I have taken interest in reading the British Jewish news. After perusing through a number of articles, I came across a fascinating new-story. It isn’t every day a synagogue bans a classical Jewish book, but in one of Britain’s largest syna... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [Uncategorized]

February 7, 8PM

Like Maimonides, the 20th century Reconstructionist theologian Mordechai Kaplan believes that we should stop identifying God as a “personal” or “loving” Presence. Simply put:  God does not possesses sentience. Kaplan contends that... [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [halacha] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [Mordechai Kaplan's criticism of anthropomorphism] [The Theology of Flavor]

February 6, 5PM

Here’s the background information that should help clarify our original question. Maimonides’ famous Iggerot Hashmad (“A  Letter Concerning Apostasy”) was written in the year 1160 during a time when the Almohades Muslims [1] forced people e... [Jewish History] [Maimonidean Wisdom]
In the last thread we observed how the Haredim are initiating ways to keep the sexes apart–separate streets! Sometimes I wonder whether there is a silent competition between the Taliban and the Haredi, vying over “The Most Distinguished Misogy... [humor] [Yochanan Lavie's Golden Classics]

February 5, 7AM

This story is somewhat dated, but most of the readers probably are unaware of what actually took place in Israel regarding a brave and outspoken Modern Orthodox feminist and famous authoress who dared to stand up to an ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) juggernaut i... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [israel] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Jewish Law & Technology] [Judaism and Feminism] [The Future of Judaism]

February 4, 10PM

What does it mean to be a “priestly kingdom”  in the Torah? There was nothing  intrinsic holy about the priest, he was not spiritually superior when compared to ordinary Israelites by the virtue of him being a born into a priestly family. Th... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Judaism] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

9PM

The year: 2010. Haredi rabbis demand separate buses to ensure the separation of the sexes.  Beyond that, they are now insisting on separate times for men and women whenever they go shopping at the local supermarket. Once again the politicians look the ot... [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [halacha] [Jewish customs] [Jewish History] [Judaism and Feminism] [The new foolish Pharisees--redux]

February 3, 3PM

Is the doctrine of “Original Sin” warranted in the Tanakh or in Jewish tradition? The question is more complex than it might seem; obviously, if Christian scholars cannot agree on what constitutes “Original Sin,” why should it matt... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Theology and Philosophy] [Is the doctrine of "Original Sin" warranted in the Tanakh or in Jewish tradition?]
The concept of the Imago Dei ( “Image of God”) has fascinated Jewish thinkers since the time of Philo and Ben Sira. For now, we will focus only on two famous medieval thinkers: Saadia Gaon and Maimonides. Saadia points out in his philosophic class... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Theology and Philosophy] [Word Focus]

February 2, 4PM

While it is true that many translations of the Bible such as the New Revised Version Standard (NRSV), the King James’ Version (KJV) and others render the verb וַיִּשְׁבֹּת (wayyišböt) as “rested,” a more accurate translatio... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theologic] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [Hassidic Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Holidays] [Jewish Prayer and Meditation] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy] [Word Focus]

3PM

The Sages often wondered when and where the Messiah would appear. Despite their reticence to make messianic predictions, the rabbis nevertheless believed that his coming remains an eternal possibility. As for the time when this consummation was to take pl... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [Interfaith Dialogue] [Jewish History] [New Testament and Jewish scholarship] [Theology and Philosophy] [A Messiah Among the Lepers]

February 1, 3PM

Rabbi Levi Yiztchak, one of the most beloved rebbes of the Hassidic tradition, relates the story of how the soul of Reb Moshe Yehudah Leib once rescued souls that were lingering in Hell. This was not so unusual, for when Reb Moshe Yehudah Leib was alive h... [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology]

5AM

While the biblical writers love depicting how its spiritual leaders confront God in the face of danger, it is only in the midrashic literature we discover how each biblical protagonist stacks up against one another.  Early post-biblical writers like Phil... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil]
While many Jews live a nostalgically religious life, at least an equally large number have become ambivalent about their religious heritage. Consequently, a substantial number of Jewish young people have left their religious roots and have gone to other f... [American Jewish Issues] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [The Future of Judaism]

January 31, 9AM

When speaking about images and symbols, metaphors give verbal representation of the images, pictures and symbols that are latent in mytho-poetic literature. Like the symbol, the metaphor transfers meaning from one domain to another. By the same token, th... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 29, 2PM

Byline: Jan 29th, 3:30 PM Let me tell you an anecdote about Napoleon Bonaparte’s narrow escape from the Suez. His adversary was not an army, but Mother Nature herself! At eight 8:00 AM, when the tide was low, Napoleon went to visit the legendary “Foun... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Stories for the Searching Heart]

January 28, 8PM

There is a well-known Midrash that tells of God’s reluctance to perform the miracle until He saw Israel make a move itself to deal with the prodigious problem. All the tribes of Israel were afraid to jump into the water. Each tribe competed with the... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Midrashic Deconstructions] [Stories for the Searching Heart] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]
In the Hagadah, Jews everywhere chant the “Dyenu” (It would have been enough!) song. Let me give you one of my favorite stanzas that I translated for my students one year: The Red Sea truly split in half When Moses raised his mighty staff, But... [Bible] [biblical history] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Did the Red Sea really split?] [Using biblical poetry to explain the Splitting of the Red Sea]

7PM

Pharaoh asks: “Who are the ones that are going?” (Exod. 10:8). Was he being serious?  For the first time Pharaoh tried to negotiate a deal before the threatened plague struck. Pharaoh shrewdly responds, “Your men may go and worship the Lord, fo... [Bible]

5PM

The Jewish theologian Mordechai Kaplan was one of the first Jewish thinkers to downplay the idea of a “Chosen People” because of its shadow side (to borrow a metaphor from Jung). “Closeness” is often used as an excuse to subordinate those who are ... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Theology and Philosophy] [choseness] [the Godly vs. the Animal soul]

January 27, 7PM

Psychologist Abraham Maslow was fond of saying, “All pathologies dichotomize; all dichotomies pathologize.” I would add that whenever an ideology dichotomizes or pathologizes, in the end it also lobotomizes! Whenever we create artificial grouping betw... [Anti-Semitism] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Theology and Philosophy] [The metaphysical roots of Jewish terrorism]

10AM

As I begin my day, I wonder …. Maybe Mark Twain was right when he said, “Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired!” At times it seems as though the world is reverting to a more atavistic state of its evolutionary hist... [American Jewish Issues] [Anti-Semitism] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Hassidic Theology] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History] [The Future of Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 26, 5PM

Commenting on the verse, “Now, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the Philistines’ land, though this was the nearest; for he thought, should the people see that they would have to fight, they might change their minds a... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 25, 6PM

Most Jews tend to identify Maimonides, Saadia Gaon, Judah HaLevi, Martin Buber as among  the great Jewish philosophers of all time, but there are a number of ancient Jewish thinkers whose ideas are rich with originality; in fact, their insights are no le... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Read Rabbi Michael Samuel in over 20 foreign languages!!] [Talmud, Zohar, and Midrash]

January 24, 3PM

Step aside Pat Robertson! You are not alone. You have Jewish friends who think just like you do! Rabbi Avi Shafran, no stranger to controversy, blames the Haitian earthquake on Eli Valley’s comic  that appeared in the Forward newspaper.[1] Writing for ... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Maimonidean Wisdom] [Theology and Philosophy] [Wanted: Dominant deity for submissive person; dysfunctional images of God]

January 23, 7PM

The recent Israeli intervention in Haiti gives everyone of us something to feel proud about Israel. Despite the relentless efforts of the international community to demonize Israel before the nations of the world, the State of Israel continues to act as a... [American Jewish Issues] [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History] [The Future of Judaism] [Why is Israel helping Haiti? The Israeli-Haiti connection]

January 22, 4PM

Byline 4:00 PM Friday There are six great “forests” in the 94, 189-square-mile region known as the Petrified Forest National Park of Northern Arizona. Virtually unknown until the late 1870′s, the 135-million-year-old “stone trees&#... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [The Future of Judaism] [Hardened heart of Pharaoh]

January 20, 3PM

Hello friends! Here is the rest of the article I wrote on the theological implications of Hurricane Katrina. I hope the material will clarify our earlier discussion regarding the Haiti earthquake. ================ According to the religious leaders cit... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Interfaith Dialogue] [israel] [Jewish History] [Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

January 19, 3PM

Below is an article I wrote shortly after the Hurricane Katrina debacle; many of the issues regarding karma and theory of divine retribution could apply to the Haiti earthquake. ====== In Late Antiquity, the philosopher Epicurus fleshes out the cognitive ... [Bible] [Biblical Theology] [Contrarian wisdom] [Current Events] [ethics] [good and evil] [Heart-Centered Judaism] [Theology and Philosophy]

August 31 2009, 9PM

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