It’s the Message, Stupid

I’ve been listening to a number of rabbis and Jewish thinkers explore the future of Judaism, and I become more agitated with each one. Their focus is on how we deliver Judaism rather than the Judaism we are delivering: If only we took better advantage of the Internet, smartphone, and social media, Jews (and perhaps […]

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Why I joined the Theosophical Society

I spent much of last week studying and teaching at the headquarters of the Theosophical Society America in Wheaton, Ill., and decided to become a member before I headed home. I had known about Theosophy since my teens, and had always admired it as one of the very first truly inter-spiritual organizations. The three goals […]

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Onward Christian Police Officers

Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL is hoping to create its own police force. The Alabama Senate approved a bill allowing Briarwood Presbyterian and only Briarwood Presbyterian to establish its own police force with all the powers of any Alabama police force including making arrests and using deadly force. Why only Briarwood Presbyterian? To make […]

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Six Reasons Why Buddhism Attracts So Many Jews

[This question was emailed to me for my column in Spirituality & Health magazine, but it’s concern is too narrow for the magazine’s readership. So, I am answering it here instead:] When I scan the Buddhist books on my bookshelf I can’t help but notice the preponderance of Jewish authors: Philip Kapleau, Jack Kornfield, Joseph […]

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Dao-ist Hero or Passive Passenger?

It’s been several days since Dr. David Dao was dragged off United flight 3411, and I have used that time to indulge my outrage at the airlines, at the security guards who mauled Dr. Dao, and even at Dr. Dao himself who, I learned, was convicted of six felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, […]

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More Questions for Pesach

Judaism is an ancient and on-going conversation about the meaning of life and how best to live it. Our means of conversation include prose, poetry, song, symbol, myth, and ritual. Some of our conversation veers into the mystical, much roots itself in the rational, and all of it is tentative. There is no final answer […]

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Does Torah Tell Us to Support the NEA?

This week’s Forward (March 21, 2017) has a wonderful article by Jay Michaelson coming to the defense of the National Endowment for the Arts, a program the Trump/Ryan budget would kill. Since the Forward is a Jewish newspaper, Jay opens with a reference to Exodus 35:4 where Moses, foreshadowing televangelists like Creflo Dollar who told […]

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