Category Archives: Judaism

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a difference a year makes. Continue reading

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Are People Basically Good?

“People are neither basically good nor basically bad. They are basically free.” Continue reading

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Do We Need Religion to be Good People?

“Does being religious make someone a good person?” Continue reading

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Truth in All Its Varieties

Is truth always the same thing, or are there different kinds of truth? Continue reading

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Reclaiming Israel’s Reputation

I’ve started reading David Brog’s excellent new book Reclaiming Israel’s History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for Peace. I’ll post a full review later, but the initial paragraphs of the book describe a situation that seems eerily familiar: “There was a … Continue reading

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Translating the Bible for Our Era

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: What difference does a translation make? If we take the Torah seriously, a lot. Whether we believe it was given by God to Moses, or only that it’s the foundational text of our identity … Continue reading

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Who Counts? We all do.

I normally don’t review children’s books, but this one’s a keeper. Who Counts? combines simple, direct storytelling with superb artwork and morally uplifting themes. Its authors, a rabbi and a professor of Jewish Studies, retell three of Jesus’ parables from … Continue reading

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