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How Jews Pray: Discover The 3 Practices

April 23, 2018

When people ask me how Jews pray, I begin with a story. It comes from a great nineteenth-century rabbi.  An old man enters the sanctuary for the first time. His face is dirty and his clothes are too big. He stands out among the well-dressed crowd. Then he picks up the prayerbook and opens it. […]

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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 Spiritual Magic of Tidying Up

March 30, 2015

One of the world’s best-selling books this year is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Aside from the clever title, it struck a chord in our psyche. We have too much stuff. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] Yet we resist parting with it. We struggle for ways to “tidy up.” Sadly, reading about this book didn’t help me do […]

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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 the Bible Explain the Violence in Israel?

August 3, 2014

I just finished writing a book on Passover and the Exodus from Egypt. One of the parts I struggled most with is Pharaoh’s violence and  God’s hardening of his heart. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false”] Recall the setting: It is Exodus chapter nine, and Moses and Aaron have urged Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Thus far, Pharaoh […]

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