Judaism

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What Division Between Holy and Human Means

Much of the Book of Leviticus seems preoccupied with holiness. After listing all of the laws of kosher and non-kosher animals, the Almighty --...

Seeking Sanctuary From World’s Cacophony

Five years ago, my brother requested an unusual 50th birthday gift. He asked if we would join him to work for a couple of...
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Speaking to the Ill Use of Blasphemy

The portion we read this week is named after the fourth word in the opening sentence: emor, speak. "God, said to Moses, speak to...
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Improv Duo Takes Torah for a Comic Spin

What would happen if two 20-something Jews were asked to entertain hundreds of restless Ramah campers for an hour on a rain-soaked summer day?...
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Do the Jewish Streams Have a Future?

When more than 60 local rabbis from different streams got together last week to talk about the future of denominations, the result was less...
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Dues for a Change

For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of...
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Even Everyday Moments Have Special Meaning

VAYEHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26 In this week's Torah reading, we reach the end of the book of Genesis, the book of the Bible that more...
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The Hierarchy of Needs and Priestly Benedictions

"May God bless you and protect you. May the light of God's face shine toward you and show you favor. May God look upon...
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Learning to Speak the Captor’s Language

 Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a...

‘Reveal Yourself to Me; Show Me Your Glory!’

The subject was parshah Kedoshim, the Levitical holiness code, and I was attending my local egalitarian minyan, listening to a lay leader speak about...