Category Archives: Sin

Sinning for the Right Reasons

Emily Goldberg
August 29, 2013

I’ve seen it before. The beauty, the simplicity, and success of it. I’ve wanted it before- the lifestyle, the perspective, the culture that revolves around it. I’ve dreamt of it, the actions and consequences, and the redeeming reward that follows it. Yes, I’ll admit it; I’ve wanted to sin. I’ve craved the art of sinning More »

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Sins of the Parent

Franny Silverman
August 26, 2013

And so, after all these things happened, the god tried something on Abraham. GOD:   Abraham ABRAHAM:   Here. I. Am. GOD:   Take your son, your one and only, the one you love, that Isaac, and get going to the land of Moriah, and offer him up, as a burnt-offering, on one of the mountains there, the More »

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Our Eternal Spirit

August 22, 2013

Closing the eyes, quieting noises and confusion, doors peep open and a glint of light pierces from deep, inner memory to illuminate curiosity, hope, and wonder. Our inner worlds, the spiritual landscape is vast, perhaps as grand as the creation itself; the human spirit, our immortal soul, given by God as the breath of life More »

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Sin and Post-modern Relativism

Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler
August 19, 2013

Years ago, when I was a student rabbi traveling twice monthly to my internship/pulpit, I had the opportunity to meet Sin, face to face. She had brown eyes, gentle and kind, and her gaze seemed to plead for forgiveness even before she’d uttered a word.  It was my first time playing the role of Clergy (or, The One Who More »

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Resistance and Change

Cheryl Goldstein
August 12, 2013

I should begin by saying that I look forward to Yom Kippur. Despite my annual anxiety about successfully completing the fast, as Yom Kippur approaches I find myself humming the melodies, singing Kol Nidre to myself, thinking about the various themes that run through the service, hoping that this year I won’t get quite as teary-eyed when More »

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The Book of Job – a Bible Rap

Matt Bar
August 9, 2013

When discussing sin in a Jewish context inevitably the Book of Job comes up. Why do bad things happen to good people? Does sin have cosmic repercussions? Give a listen to the Bible Raps version of The Book of Job as I use the questions raised by the Book of Job to investigate my own More »

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The Necessity of Sin

Rabbi Amitai Adler
August 5, 2013

Sin is often perceived as a troubling notion in Modern Judaism– especially in American Judaism. In no small part, this has to do with the pervasiveness of American sociopolitical philosophy: Americans are taught to perceive themselves individualistically, with potentially unlimited inherent personal rights that are only to be sacrificed for such minimal legislated limitations as More »

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The Sin of Sin

Richard Lederman
August 1, 2013

Change, transformation, renewal, the overcoming of personal foibles and shortcomings—these are all good things, and they can all be viewed in strictly human terms.  But the idea of sin is an entirely separate category. A Jew cannot speak of sin without taking into account the place of Torah and covenant that constitute the Jew’s relationship More »

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