Tag Archives: God

The Negative Zone

Jared Gimbel
March 23, 2014

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 More »


Not Yet Settled

Alexis Pinsky
February 7, 2014

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 More »


Divine Addresses

Jared Gimbel
November 19, 2013

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 More »


Desperately Seeking the Sacred

Shawn Shafner
October 18, 2012

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. More »