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The Truth about Religion: Using Evidence to Decide What to Believe

The Truth about Religion: Using Evidence to Decide What to Believe

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Religions tell stories about the world. We want to know if there is truth in those stories. How can we find this out?

Feeling the Love on Rosh Hashanah
Feeling the Love on Rosh Hashanah

Feeling the Love on Rosh Hashanah

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God judges us only because He loves us and cares about what we do.

Why Did God Create Me?: A Jewish Response
Why Did God Create Me?: A Jewish Response

Why Did God Create Me?: A Jewish Response

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It wasn’t because He was bored or lonely.

Q&A: Why Do Religious Jews Dress the Way They Do?
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Q&A: Why Do Religious Jews Dress the Way They Do?

Q&A: Why Do Religious Jews Dress the Way They Do?

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How clothes make the man.

If There's a God, Why Is There Suffering?
If There's a God, Why Is There Suffering?

If There's a God, Why Is There Suffering?

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Jewish approaches to the age old question.

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.

Jewish “Fake News”

Jewish “Fake News”

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5 common misconceptions about Jews and Judaism.

Do We have Free Will? A Jewish Response
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Do We have Free Will? A Jewish Response

Do We have Free Will? A Jewish Response

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Do we have free will or are we biological robots?

Judaism and Individuality
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Judaism and Individuality

Judaism and Individuality

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With so many rules, doesn’t Judaism force everyone to be the same?

Q&A: Why Judaism’s Attachment to the Land of Israel?
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Q&A: Why Judaism’s Attachment to the Land of Israel?

Q&A: Why Judaism’s Attachment to the Land of Israel?

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If Judaism is a religion, why does it need a country?

Deception

Deception

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Living in a world where appearances mask reality.

God’s Unusual Introduction to the Jewish People
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God’s Unusual Introduction to the Jewish People

God’s Unusual Introduction to the Jewish People

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Why did God introduce Himself as “God of Exodus” and not “God of creation”? Five short answers.

Mystery Men and Women in our Lives

Mystery Men and Women in our Lives

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How small moments make a huge difference.

Six Big Political Ideas the Torah Gave the World
Six Big Political Ideas the Torah Gave the World

Six Big Political Ideas the Torah Gave the World

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One more reason why the Torah is so revolutionary.

Praying After the Death of My Son

Praying After the Death of My Son

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An open letter to Sheryl Sandberg.

Matzah: Running Out of Time
Matzah: Running Out of Time

Matzah: Running Out of Time

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This is your chance. Don’t miss it!

The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

The Passover Seder’s Most Important Idea

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Passover celebrates the concept of a personal God who cares about us and is the ultimate director of history.

Before You Die, Your Life's Movie

Before You Die, Your Life's Movie

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The surprising findings of a new Israeli study echoes Jewish mysticism.

Can God Make 2+2=5?

Can God Make 2+2=5?

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While God may do the impossible – even the paradoxical – He does not do the inconceivable, the irrational, or the just plain wrong.

The Meaning of

The Meaning of "Adam": Insights into the Hebrew Language

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The potential to sink lower than the animals and rise higher than the angels.

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle
Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

Hanukkah: Everything Is a Miracle

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If there was enough oil to burn for one day, why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight days?

All for the Best?

All for the Best?

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When my late wife was first diagnosed with cancer I found it difficult to believe that everything God does is for the best.

How Judaism Defines God
How Judaism Defines God

How Judaism Defines God

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How can finite beings talk about an infinite Creator?

Why All the Details in Judaism?

Why All the Details in Judaism?

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The details show we really care.

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

Sukkot: The Dual Festival

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An in-depth exploration of Sukkot and its focus on Jewish particularity and universality.

Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot
Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot

Kabbalistic Secrets of Sukkot

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Exploring the inner depth of the Talmudic tale about a King and his cup of wine.

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah: An In-Depth Analysis

The Meaning of Rosh Hashanah: An In-Depth Analysis

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Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of this misunderstood holiday.

Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment
Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment

Feeling the Love on the Day Of Judgment

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What two drops in the ocean can teach us about God, humanity and how to find lasting love.

Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?
Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

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A quick Jewish perspective, with no devil and pitch forks.

Our Good and Bad Inclinations
Our Good and Bad Inclinations

Our Good and Bad Inclinations

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Channeled properly, even the sharper parts of ourselves can be used for good.

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

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Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.

Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for Meaning

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Nine crucial lessons.

The Ten Commandments & God
The Ten Commandments & God

The Ten Commandments & God

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God’s ten basic, yet profound instructions for how to lead a moral life.

A Wounded Faith and Loyal Hasid

A Wounded Faith and Loyal Hasid

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My unexpected encounter with Prof. Elie Wiesel gave me a glimpse into his regal soul.

Why Would Anyone Want to Be Commanded?
Why Would Anyone Want to Be Commanded?

Why Would Anyone Want to Be Commanded?

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The mitzvot of the Torah enable us to be our true, natural self.

Who is the Messiah?

Who is the Messiah?

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And how will we recognize him when he comes?

When Choosing God Isn’t Practical

When Choosing God Isn’t Practical

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Is a relationship with God worth it? Shavuot supplies the answer.

The Essence of Kabbalah
The Essence of Kabbalah

The Essence of Kabbalah

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Mastering the art of receiving.

Can God Create a Rock He Can’t Pick Up?

Can God Create a Rock He Can’t Pick Up?

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A Jewish approach to the classical philosophical dilemma.

Should Passover be Celebrated in Auschwitz?
Should Passover be Celebrated in Auschwitz?

Should Passover be Celebrated in Auschwitz?

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Exploring the essence of freedom.

Passover: Feeling God’s Love
Passover: Feeling God’s Love

Passover: Feeling God’s Love

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The more you believe it, the more you’ll receive it.

Remembering God’s Promise
Remembering God’s Promise

Remembering God’s Promise

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God kept His word and took us out of Egypt. That sense of hope has carried us throughout Jewish history.

“Why Do Jewish?” for the Twitter Generation

“Why Do Jewish?” for the Twitter Generation

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The commandments are not a burden nor an all-or-nothing system. They are an opportunity and a privilege.

Eradicating Cynicism

Eradicating Cynicism

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Purim and the war against meaning.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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A short animation on mankind’s challenge and limited view of understanding the ways of God.

How Wonderful Is Your Life?
How Wonderful Is Your Life?

How Wonderful Is Your Life?

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Learning to see beyond labels and recognize the miraculous in the mundane.

Lennon's Imagine

Lennon's Imagine

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John Lennon articulated the vision. But it takes deeper wisdom to know how to accomplish it.

Waking Up Thirsty

Waking Up Thirsty

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For the first time in many years, you feel the sensation of being of alive. A songwriter's meditation.

God Isn’t Out to Get You
God Isn’t Out to Get You

God Isn’t Out to Get You

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Get rid of childish images of God that stifle your happiness and spiritual growth.