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Teach Us To Number Our Days: Find Your Heart of Wisdom

April 9, 2018

Certain verses guide us in life. One of mine, as I pointed out last week, is based on the biblical teaching, “Teach us to number our days… so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:10 What does this powerful verse mean? It seems simple on the surface. Teach us to number our […]

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Do Jews Believe in Resurrection of the Dead?

April 4, 2018

The hardest chapter to write for my book on the Jewishness of Jesus was the one on resurrection. I tried to avoid it, but my editor insisted. Resurrection of the dead is not a topic we discuss much in synagogues. In fact, many Jews and Christians today believe Jews have never believed in the resurrection […]

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The 7 Symbolic Foods of Passover

April 2, 2018

My confirmation class has excellent attendance. But I suspect the regular Israeli cuisine helps immensely. As much as the content keeps them coming, the food does as well. The same is true when it comes to the holiday of Passover. Passover centers around the food. Each of the foods has a profound meaning. Here the […]

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The Most Revolutionary Part of the 10 Commandments

October 20, 2015

With the passage of time, the extraordinary can become ordinary. The revolutionary can seem normal. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] Take trial by jury. When introduced in England, jury trail was a monumental development, and it spurned great resistance. Now we are so accustomed with the practice that we feel inconvenienced when we have to show up to […]

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The Strangest Book of the Bible

October 8, 2014

Tonight begins the Jewish “Festival of Tabernacles.” Known in Hebrew as Sukkot, we spend time in  temporary outdoor dwellings. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] They remind us of the fragility of life our ancestors experienced during their journey across the Sinai Desert. Vanity, Vanity, All is Vanity!  The biblical book we read on Sukkot is Ecclesiastes. Tonight we […]

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Which Book of the Bible Should You Start With?

August 6, 2014

The Bible was never meant to be studied alone. This past year, a Christian colleague and I gathered periodically to study. He suggested we explore Deuteronomy. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] The study expanded us both. While we differ in our view of the Old Testament, we both came to see Deuteronomy as strikingly modern. The God it […]

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Can Jews Have Tattoos?

June 11, 2014

Every year I lead a session with my confirmation class on “hot topics.” Inevitably someone asks about tattoos. Specifically, they asked me whether it is a true that a Jewish person with a tattoo cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery.   The answer, as is the case with many such questions, is “it depends.” […]

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What is the Most Important Jewish Holiday?

June 6, 2014

The answer may surprise you. The most important Jewish holiday is not one that happens only once a year. It is one we celebrate every week. It is the Sabbath, known in Hebrew as Shabbat. Shabbat is at the core of Jewish life. It is built into creation, as we discussed in a previous post. It […]

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You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right

May 2, 2014

As a parent I have to teach my children they do not always get their way. It’s not only important. It’s hard. Our culture reinforces the idea that with enough money or looks or connections, we can get anything we want. Life experience proves otherwise. None of us get our way all the time. We have […]

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Were You Ever Addicted to a Crackberry?

April 27, 2014

The Book of Psalms tells us “Number our days so we gain a heart of wisdom.” The Jewish sages took this verse literally. They instructed their communities to count the days between the holiday of Passover and festival of Pentecost. We count the days by saying a blessing over each of them. This little-known tradition has […]

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