I will only scratch the surface of this huge subject by pointing out the importance of textual continuity through 5,000 years of Jewish history. The subject of Jewish textual continuity,Continue readingJews and the Land of Israel
What if, instead of the story we all know about how Bill Gates bought the DOS operating system from IBM, a different press-release had been circulated? One saying that GodContinue readingRevelation Revealed
Many books and articles have been written about the literal interpretation of the Fifth Commandment: the requirement to honor and respect your parents during their lifetime. I find it natural to extend (not replace!) its meaning beyond our parents’ lifetime, and generalize it to all of our ancestors. … Continue readingTake The Fifth!
I concluded in a previous post that the Jewish God is abstract. While many ritual, prosaic, poetic and linguistic elements of Judaism can be traced back to their Egyptian, Sumerian, Hittite or Canaanite neighbors, the idea of an abstract God was truly unique and unprecedented. … Continue readingAbraham and Moses: Abstraction and Morality
I am starting my discussions of Post-Modern Jewish Theology from an unlikely place. With Hanukkah 2013 just behind us, this is as good a time as any to present myContinue readingThe Theology of 4 Maccabees
As I mentioned in a previous blog, the four books of Maccabees do not mention the miracle which we celebrate as the main theme of Hanukkah: The oil canister that lasted eight days. … Continue readingThe Miracle of Hanukkah
I was looking for something appropriate to read at the once-in-a-lifetime combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah dinner.The letter George Washington wrote on Aug. 18, 1790 to the Jewish Congregation of Newport fits perfectly. … Continue readingReadings for Thanksgivukkah #1
After Moses gets his instructions from the Burning Bush in Exodus 3 to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he politely asks for its identity, like a secretary might askContinue readingIs God Abstract or Concrete?