My goal is to show Jews who do not believe in God that Judaism has something rich and rewarding to offer them as well. Jewish Prayer can be viewed as a practical psychological tool for everyday life. … Continue readingPrayer and Psychology
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
Take The Fifth!
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!
Abraham and Moses: Abstraction and Morality
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
The Theology of 4 Maccabees
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
Is God Abstract or Concrete?
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?