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Israel’s Long Walk to Freedom

Israel’s Long Walk to Freedom

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Committing to life as a journey of victories and defeats goes to the heart of creation.

How the Torah Revolutionized Political Thought

How the Torah Revolutionized Political Thought

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Throughout the ancient world the truth was self-evident: all men were NOT created equal.

Altruism and Religion

Altruism and Religion

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Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age.

Judaism and Dreams

Judaism and Dreams

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The significance of dreams in Jewish thought.

Where Was God in Virginia Tech?

Where Was God in Virginia Tech?

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God's seeming indifference is in fact an expression of His greatest gift to mankind.

Thanking Sandy

Thanking Sandy

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How to have gratitude for both good and bad.

If You Were God

If You Were God

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We often question God's ways. But given the chance, how would we do things differently?

Life after Death: Aish.com Ebook

Life after Death: Aish.com Ebook

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A free, 24-page compendium exploring the Jewish view of the Next World.

Torah and Thoreau

Torah and Thoreau

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My enthralling discovery that Henry David Thoreau’s ideas have their roots in Jewish consciousness.

Tricking Time

Tricking Time

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Why did God create a world where wisdom and physical strength seem to move in opposite directions?

Five Things Judaism Wants You to Know

Five Things Judaism Wants You to Know

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A quick primer on five essential philosophical points.

Field of Potential

Field of Potential

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The Maharal of Prague on Shavuot and the essence of man.

Essential Freedom

Essential Freedom

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How could anyone celebrate Passover, the holiday of liberation, in Auschwitz?

Trauma, Anger and Confronting God

Trauma, Anger and Confronting God

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Anger will occasionally be expressed in any loving relationship. Why should it be any different with God?

Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View

Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View

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Why Jewish burial is important — for you and the soul of the departed.

Freeing Yourself from Jealousy

Freeing Yourself from Jealousy

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Unlocking a secret of the tenth commandment.

Ask Rabbi Weinberg: Videos

Ask Rabbi Weinberg: Videos

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A sampling of short video discussions from the founder of Aish HaTorah.

Steve Jobs' Last Words

Steve Jobs' Last Words

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The most important quote of the year.

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

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Understanding the cultural clash between the Greeks and the Jews.

Chanukah: The Fight for Freedom

Chanukah: The Fight for Freedom

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Why celebrate the miracle of oil and not the great military victory?

What is the Purpose of Life?

What is the Purpose of Life?

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Jewish thought answers with one word: pleasure.

Against the Flow

Against the Flow

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What happens when the majority isn't right?

Vegetarianism and History’s First Murder

Vegetarianism and History’s First Murder

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Understanding the utopian state in the Garden of Eden.

The Miracle Called Me

The Miracle Called Me

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The shofar blast reminds us that our essence is truly free.

Cremation: A Burning Issue

Cremation: A Burning Issue

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Even after death, the body is a holy vessel that deserves respect.

Questioning God

Questioning God

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I don't want to live in the question any more. I want to live in the answer.

Why You Don't Understand the Bible

Why You Don't Understand the Bible

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The Jewish sages of antiquity were in the best position to interpret and comprehend the Torah.

Sinai for Non-Jews

Sinai for Non-Jews

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What makes the giving of the Torah so universally relevant and necessary?

Six Constant Mitzvos #6: Indulge?

Six Constant Mitzvos #6: Indulge?

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Who's in control: Your mind or your heart?

Six Constant Mitzvos: Why Fear God?

Six Constant Mitzvos: Why Fear God?

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Respect is the foundation of every relationship.

Moses and the Pope

Moses and the Pope

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The recent beatification of Pope John Paul II highlights Judaism's unique basis of belief.

Six Constant Mitzvos: Committing to Love

Six Constant Mitzvos: Committing to Love

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How can we be commanded to love God?

Six Constant Mitzvos: Meet Your Bad Angel

Six Constant Mitzvos: Meet Your Bad Angel

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What does the Oneness of God mean?

Israel: Where We Belong

Israel: Where We Belong

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Creating our connection to the land of Israel.

The Six Constant Mitzvos: Relevance of Idol Worship

The Six Constant Mitzvos: Relevance of Idol Worship

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Is there anything bigger than me and my needs?

The Six Constant Mitzvos: Know there is a God

The Six Constant Mitzvos: Know there is a God

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How to build a relationship with God.

The Six Constant Mitzvos: Introduction

The Six Constant Mitzvos: Introduction

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The building blocks of our relationship with God. How to apply and live with them.

Atheism and Morality

Atheism and Morality

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Why do so many atheists make moral proclamations?

A Reasonable Argument for God’s Existence?

A Reasonable Argument for God’s Existence?

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Responding to atheists' seven main objections against my presentation of the Argument from Design.

The Tsunami and God

The Tsunami and God

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Let our primary question in the wake of this tragedy be not "Why did it happen?" but rather "What can I do to help?"

Esther and the Moon

Esther and the Moon

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Purim and the mystery of Esther's non-Jewish name.

The Design Argument: Answers to Atheists' Objections

The Design Argument: Answers to Atheists' Objections

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Turns out Richard Dawkins' watchmaker has 20/20 vision after all.

When Bad Things Happen

When Bad Things Happen

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A Jewish perspective on one of life's toughest questions.

Miracle on Ice - Chanukah Edition

Miracle on Ice - Chanukah Edition

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The Jewish definition of “miraculous” is different from Merriam-Webster.

Heaven Can Wait: The Sabbath, Part 3

Heaven Can Wait: The Sabbath, Part 3

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If heaven's eternal bliss really lasts for an eternity, why doesn't it get boring?

Philosophy of Food

Philosophy of Food

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Medicine for the body or salve for the soul?

Good without God

Good without God

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Reason alone is not enough to keep human beings humane.

Big Creator, Little Creator: The Sabbath, Part 2

Big Creator, Little Creator: The Sabbath, Part 2

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Rest is far more than the absence of work.

Does God Get Tired? The Sabbath: Part 1

Does God Get Tired? The Sabbath: Part 1

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Why would an All-Powerful God need to rest?

Scapegoat

Scapegoat

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Meaning or randomness: confronting mutually exclusive worldviews on Yom Kippur.

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