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Why Celebrate with Bitter Herbs?

Why Celebrate with Bitter Herbs?

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Yes, God took us out of Egypt, but He put us there in the first place!

Purim and Nature

Purim and Nature

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Understanding the Hebrew word "teva" sheds light on the story of Purim.

Remember Amalek

Remember Amalek

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A lesson on Divine Providence in memory of the fallen Torah students of Mercaz HaRav, hy"d.

Our Near Miss

Our Near Miss

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God is constantly whispering in our ear

Shelter of Faith

Shelter of Faith

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Exploring the eternal relevance of Sukkot and mitzvot in general.

Big Families: Desired or Undesirable?

Big Families: Desired or Undesirable?

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A frank discussion with a mother of 11 on the pros and cons of large families.

Hashem: The Name

Hashem: The Name

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Why do some Jews refer to God as "Hashem"?

Did You Ask A Good Question Today?

Did You Ask A Good Question Today?

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Judaism is a religion of questions.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

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Welcome to the game of cosmic hide and seek. We are "it" and the One we are seeking is God Himself.

Science of the Soul

Science of the Soul

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Is the human being inherently different from any other creature?

My Loose Limbs

My Loose Limbs

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How many pieces of me are scattered over the world?

Harry Potter and Free Will

Harry Potter and Free Will

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Ultimately, it's our choices that make us who we are.

Wrestling with Suffering

Wrestling with Suffering

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Jewish philosophical approaches to one of life's fundamental questions.

Harry Potter and the Children of Ketura

Harry Potter and the Children of Ketura

by Dov Krulwich

Did Jewish mystical books inspire the Sorcerer's Stone legend?

The Great Mistake

The Great Mistake

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Why did the Creator design such a vulnerable knee?

MySpace or YourSpace?

MySpace or YourSpace?

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Facebook and the essence of Passover.

Exodus: What's the Big Deal?

Exodus: What's the Big Deal?

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Every component of the Exodus was meant to reveal another facet of how God is involved in the world.

Can Intellect Replace Morality?

Can Intellect Replace Morality?

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Intelligence is no guarantee of goodness.

Beauty and the Greeks

Beauty and the Greeks

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What was the underlying conflict between Jewish and Greek philosophy?

The Gender of God

The Gender of God

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By understanding God's manifestations in both male and female imagery, we can begin to unify our connection to the transcendence reality.

Spirituality Without God

Spirituality Without God

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We are finally recognizing that reality includes a spiritual dimension. But somehow God has gotten lost in the shuffle.

The Sukkah Experience

The Sukkah Experience

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By leaving the deceptive permanence of our homes to dwell in a temporary shelter, we let go of the most damaging illusion that blocks our inner eye from seeing God's presence.

Who is God to Judge?

Who is God to Judge?

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I often felt resentful toward God, until I discovered that Rosh Hashanah is about empowerment, not guilt.

Batman vs. the Joker: Hope vs. Destruction

Batman vs. the Joker: Hope vs. Destruction

by Dan Illouz

Can the world be redeemed?

Your 10 Guiding Principles for Life

Your 10 Guiding Principles for Life

by Yaakov Grossman

A tool for staying focused on what's really important in life.

Morality: Who Needs God?

Morality: Who Needs God?

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If there is an absolute standard of morality, then there must be a God. Disagree? Consider the alternative.

Prisoner Exchange in Jewish Law

Prisoner Exchange in Jewish Law

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The State of Israel is faced with a difficult dilemma: To release terrorist prisoners in exchange for captive soldiers, or not. What does Jewish Law have to say?

Dr. Laura, God Loves You

Dr. Laura, God Loves You

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Judaism is not a fast-food religion.

Talking Back to God

Talking Back to God

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We learn from Abraham that it is possible to have an argument with God and win, and that, indeed, God invites us to dialogue with Him.

The Etrog and Jewish Beauty

The Etrog and Jewish Beauty

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Judaism's surprising definition of beauty.

The Light of the Life Force

The Light of the Life Force

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The stories of the Bible contain ancient, timeless secrets for living an empowered life. From the very first words, we are inspired to connect with the light.

Transcendence and Oneness

Transcendence and Oneness

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Kurt Vonnegut and encounters with the Infinite source of existence.

Faster Than Time

Faster Than Time

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This Passover, achieve the impossible.

Bad Things Don't Happen

Bad Things Don't Happen

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Finding light in the darkness.

Free Will and its Deniers

Free Will and its Deniers

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Free choice is humanity's "greatest gift," a gift that itself makes life worth living.

Why Harold Kushner is Wrong

Why Harold Kushner is Wrong

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Harold Kushner's approach to suffering is profoundly un-Jewish and provides no solace to those in pain.

Purpose: Heartbeat of Creation

Purpose: Heartbeat of Creation

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When "bad things happen to good people," by what standard does one define "bad"?

The Anger of the Atheists

The Anger of the Atheists

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If morality and ethics are rendered meaningless, how's a principled atheist supposed to respond to injustice?

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait

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If Jews believe in a blissful afterlife, why does death cause us such inconsolable grief?

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

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Tisha B'Av teaches that through pain and sadness, we can truly know pleasure and joy.

Doubt and Certainty

Doubt and Certainty

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Searching for clarity and the road back to the garden.

The Indignity of Atheism

The Indignity of Atheism

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One who sees only random forces behind why we humans find ourselves here is ultimately bound only by his wants.

Now You See God, Now You Don't

Now You See God, Now You Don't

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Unmasking the Divine on Purim.

Torah with Morrie, Final: Leaving a Legacy

Torah with Morrie, Final: Leaving a Legacy

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Death ends a life, not a relationship.

Torah with Morrie #19: The Completion of Life

Torah with Morrie #19: The Completion of Life

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It isn't the physical life itself that makes the difference; it is the legacy.

Torah with Morrie #18: Avoiding Youth Envy

Torah with Morrie #18: Avoiding Youth Envy

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Appreciating the gifts that old age provides.

Channeling Spiritual Light

Channeling Spiritual Light

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How living the commandments empowers you to connect with God and be your true self.

Torah with Morrie #17: Embracing the Aging Process

Torah with Morrie #17: Embracing the Aging Process

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Respecting elders is more than good manners, it shows what is truly important in life.

The Restriction Prescription

The Restriction Prescription

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Is less really more? Why does Judaism have so many restrictions?

Moral Independence

Moral Independence

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Being a Jew demands developing the intellectual and moral courage to live by what is true, even if the whole world stands opposed.

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