Torah with Morrie #3: Living Funerals

Why wait for a funeral to give heartfelt praise about those you love?

Torah with Morrie #2: Living with Youthful Passion

Whether you're over the hill or not depends on whether you still feel like climbing.

Torah with Morrie: The Value of Silence

What comfort do we find in all the noise?

Random Suffering?

Not a chance. Adversity -- wherever it strikes, whomever it takes and whomever its spares -- always has a reason, even when it cannot be discerned.

Hiding from God

Who is the master of your universe? A Rosh Hashanah meditation.

Now You See God, Now You Don't

Unmasking the Divine on Purim.

Maimonides #13 - Resurrection of the Dead

Why is it necessary to bring the body and soul together for ultimate eternal reward?

Maimonides #12 - The Messianic Era

Waiting for the Messiah means knowing that he will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel.

Maimonides #10-11 - God's Omniscience

Rosh Hashana instills the awareness that God judges and rewards my actions, which gives meaning, purpose, and justification to life.

The Liberating Experience of Judgment

Yes these are Days of Awe, but they are days of exhilaration too.

Dr. Laura, God Loves You

Judaism is not a fast-food religion.

Maimonides #9 - The Uniqueness of Torah

With the understanding that Torah is absolute, there is no time when it becomes inappropriate or irrelevant.

Maimonides #8 - Divinity of the Torah

Every letter of the Written and Oral Torah transmitted through Moshe Rabbeinu was of Divine origin.

Maimonides #7 - Prophecy of Moses

The uniqueness of the Siniatic experience differentiates the Jewish faith from all others.

Maimonides #6 - Prophecy

Divine inspiration cannot provide a sufficient basis for an authoritative Torah.

Maimonides #5 - Service of God

The roots of idolatry and free will.

Maimonides #4 - Creation Ex Nihilo

With this Principle, the Rambam parts company with Aristotle and describes a God who necessarily preceded Creation and is free to choose to create.

Maimonides #3 - God's Incorporeality

If one believes that God is physical, inevitably he will feel capable of escaping Him.

Maimonides #2 - God's Unity

Pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow all have one Source.

Maimonides #1 - God as Creator

Why should an affirmation of God's absolute existence determine one's ability to fulfill Torah?

Faith and Faithfulness

Personal trustworthiness is the foundation for faith in God. Why?

Whose Abraham?

An interfaith superstar?

Professors Who See No Evil

Most college students are being taught that there is no truth, removing debate from the modern campus. The result? Intolerance and closed-mindedness.

Sukkot and the War against Terror

The ideological battle over genuine security and strength.

A Genuine Article of Faith

What makes a drawing a Michelangelo? And what makes a religion Divine?

Hide and Seek

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

Exodus: What's the Big Deal?

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

World of Love #8 - Physical-Spiritual Unity

The greatest satisfaction is accomplishing in a world where God is hidden.

World of Love #7 - The Possibility of Evil

God may make it difficult for us to approach Him in order to increase our eventual reward.

World of Love #6 - Doing Good Unto Others

Doing good unto others is a key component of spiritual health.

World of Love #5 - Closeness to God

The existence of good and evil allows man to make the right choice, and merit greater closeness to God.

World of Love #4 - Glow of Accomplishment

One of the highest human pleasures is that of accomplishment -- completing a job well done.

World of Love #3 - Uniqueness of Mankind

The gift of a Divine soul separates man from the rest of God's creatures.

World of Love #2 - Perceiving the Infinite

What ultimate good does God offer His creations? Our ability to connect to Him.

World of Love #1 - Purpose of Creation

God's motivation for creating the world sheds light on our own life goals.

Faith and the Mideast Problem

All leaders draw their power from faith. The only question is where that faith is directed. In times of national crisis, that decision is critically important.

The Sukkah Experience

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.

Capital-R Reality

We are witnessing events that shake us and cause a seismic shift in perception. Attaining clarity of what it all means is our goal on Yom Kippur.

Talking Back to God

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 Restriction Prescription

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

Suddenly Sinai

With Palestinian propaganda aimed at severing the Jewish Biblical connection to the Holy Land, the revelation at Mount Sinai has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight.

Trusting God

When reading reports of hair-raising cruelty, trusting God means knowing that the answers to why Israel is under attack are there, even if they are not obvious at the moment.

It's So Hard!

It's today's mantra. But there are times when even super-human effort isn't hard. How do we get over that hurdle?

Nike and the Purpose of Life

What is the purpose of existence? Let's first answer: What is the purpose of the Nike shoe factory?

The Light of the Life Force

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.

Confessions of a Creationist

I always thought creationists were Bible-belt fundamentalists. Denying evolution would put me on their side, and jeopardize my self-image as an East coast Jewish intellectual...

Big Families: Desired or Undesirable?

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

Seven Wonders of Jewish History (audio)

Explore 7 remarkable milestones of Jewish history that defy historical patterns and fulfill ancient prophecies.

The Design Argument

Does the intricate design of the universe serve as evidence for the existence of God?

Seeing the Elephant

It's natural to protect ourselves from information we perceive as threatening. But it can be a big monkey wrench in seeing the elephant and recognizing God.

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