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Are You Part of the Bible Family Tree? 5 Ways to Decode the Bible Genealogies

May 24, 2018

In my Bible study class yesterday, we came across a long passage of name. Then I received the usual question: Why are there so many genealogies in the Bible? What’s with the bible family tree? It’s a good question. The Bible teaches us how to live. So why all the lists of names? Why do […]

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How To Write a Eulogy: 7 Guidelines

May 14, 2018

I have a strange obsession with eulogies. It might be an occupational hazard. I have to deliver at least one eulogy a week. I’ve also heard hundreds of eulogies from family members and friends. Many inspired me and made me look at my own life differently. And learning from good example eulogies helps sharpen my […]

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Mahmoud Abbas Reveals the 3 Elements of Modern Anti-Semitism

May 7, 2018

Mahmoud Abbas, the dictator/president of the Palestinian Authority, wrote his doctoral dissertation blaming Jews for the Holocaust. He gave full public expression to this awful view in a speech last week. It is worth reading because it crystallizes the beliefs of modern antisemitism. As I just completed the draft of an upcoming book on antisemitism, […]

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What Happens at a Jewish Funeral?

May 4, 2018

Funerals can be painful. But they can also bring us comfort and guidance. A Jewish funeral has one core purpose: to comfort the bereaved. Jewish funeral customs follow a set order. Not all Jews observe all these customs. But most follow at least a few of them. They originate largely in the Bible.

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14 Prayer Quotes for Encouragement and Inspiration

April 26, 2018

We all pray. Prayer does not just consist of words, though these prayer quotes are words. We pray with our legs, our arms, and our hearts. My hope is that these Jewish prayer quotes from help us move closer to God and the best within ourselves. Prayer Quotes I: God is Closer Than We Imagine

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Israel’s 70th Anniversary: 10 Reasons for You to Celebrate

April 19, 2018

This month begins the state of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Why does this anniversary matter? Well, the number 70 frequently recurs in the Bible and Jewish tradition. Moses has 70 elders. Jerusalem has 70 names. 70 years was considered a full life. The number also spans multiple generations. Israel’s 70th anniversary feels much more significant than 50 […]

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3 Ways to Deepen Your Connections: Relationship Wisdom

April 16, 2018

A rabbinic mentor of mine loves to tell brides and grooms that his job is “save your marriage before it starts.” I don’t present my role in such dramatic terms, but I do think he is on to something. Judaism has much relationship wisdom.  It starts with recognizing relationships take work. But it’s not just marriage. […]

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Does History Repeat Itself? 3 Answers from the Bible

April 14, 2018

Does history repeat itself? Yes, it does. But it’s not because we remember the past. It’s because we forget. A shocking recent survey just affirmed this truth. 22 percent of millennials—and in case you’re wondering, I don’t qualify, barely—have never heard or aren’t sure if they have heard of the Holocaust. Two-thirds had never heard […]

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Who Else Knows the 3 Most Important Jewish Family Values?

April 12, 2018

  About a year ago I was speaking with a successful writer and marketer named Dan. He had grown up in a broken home and dedicated himself to creating a different experience for his children. Though he is not Jewish, he wanted to raise them with Jewish family values. I asked him what he meant. He […]

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How To Study the Bible And Enjoy It

April 10, 2018

A recent survey suggested that 90 percent of Americans own Bible, but only 20 percent read and study the bible on a regular basis. This suggests to me a discomfort. We think only pastors and rabbis should study the bible. But the Bible is not just for clergy. It is for everyone. To study the […]

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