One significant engine of the world’s problems in many regards has been the transformation of news media into a form of entertainment. In too many cases, news no longer seeks to inform, but rather it seeks to be seen, to be replicated until thousands of Internet users see it. To that end, an editorial or
When German Jewish theologian Franz Rosenzweig was asked whether he performed particular mitzvot, he did not give a simple “yes” or “no” answer. He was known for replying “Not yet.” Rosenzweig recognized religion as a process, something living and capable of change. When people find out that I’m studying to be a Reform rabbi, they
There are peoples on this earth who better embody the promise made to Avraham and his children, that they would be made “exceedingly numerous” (Gen. 17:2). There are peoples who resemble the stars of the nighttime sky – uncountable. *** I stand on a hill in Philadelphia toward evening, staring eastward – beyond the setting
Looking at the Psalms, and the other types of Jewish prayer that followed it, there are three ways to address God. One choice is to use collective language—one example of this could be “Our God and the God of Our Forefathers” (Hebrew: Eloheinu v’Elohei Avoteinu). Another option is to keep this God for yourself, made
MOSES Here: I go to the people and I say something like, “Your parents’ god send me to you.” And they say to me, “What’s his name?” So? What do I tell them? GOD I will be what I will be. Say to the people, “I will be what I will be sent me to
In the repurposed suburban box home where my Hebrew school used to meet, I was taught that God is everywhere. But when I looked around that shul, I didn’t find much that brought me closer to the divine, in the sense of authentic experience. That’s not to say that it was completely devoid of experiences.