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Women of the Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition to Women’s Section
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll April 20 after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Wes ...

'Dig’ TV Series Starts Adding Up: Watch the Numbers
Originally Posted: 03/20/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

"Dig," the new action-thriller series from the USA Network, is starting to add up — at least in terms of its religious content. " Dig ," the new action-thril ...

Facing Up to Our Broken Covenants
Originally Posted: 03/16/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Lent is preparation for Easter — homework for a radial, inexplicable new beginning. Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the ...

Five Reasons Saying 'The Bible Clearly States' Is Dangerous
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Humanity, and our spiritual growth, is an ongoing work in progress Most of my life, I’ve heard people preface some sort of argument they want to support with the preface, “The Bib ...

Ending Poverty in Our Time
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Hearing about the injustice and suffering in our world can be overwhelming. The problems seem so insurmountable. Is it really possible to make a difference? Hearing about the inju ...

The Inevitable Results of War: Sins as Well as Crimes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The end of Passover is said to mark the anniversary of the moment when Pharaoh's imperial horse-chariot army met disaster in the Red Sea. The end of Passover is said to mark ...

The Bleeding Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I love my church. And I love that it isn't afraid to explore the difficult issues -- and figure out how to do so in loving ways. I love my church. And I love that it isn' ...

Americans Listening to Palestinians Listening to Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt that we couldn't take much more. What a day it was. Halfway through, many in our group of twenty felt tha ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

From Frozen Rebellion to Flowering Seed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As the band of runaway Israelite slaves wander in their search for freedom, again and again they grow rebellious. In the greatest of these rebellions, Korach criticizes Moses, claiming "The whole ...

God's Image and Caesar's Image: Torture and the Currency of Empire
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the central teachings of Torah is that all human beings are made in the Image of God. That teaching and what flows from it are at the heart of Jewish prohibitions on the use of torture -- and p ...