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3 Revealing Differences Between Moses and Aaron

April 30, 2018 Moses and Aaron are the two brothers who lead the Israelites out of Egypt. But they are much more. They are the first set of siblings in the Bible to get along. Remember Cain and Abel, or Jacob and Esau?…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…
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Finding ways of peace.