Tag Archives: Spirituality

Organized Religion and a Zeal for God

Parashat Pinchas According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44% of Americans today have “a lot of confidence in organized religion,” compared to 66% in 1973, when … Continue reading

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Praying With Their Feet

Tomorrow, and really all of this weekend, we remember the inspiring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in not only the civil rights movement in America, but for his contributions to humanity, and his leadership to … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Encounter

Parashat Shemot As Moshe was attending his father-in-law’s sheep in the wilderness, near the base of Mt. Sinai, the Torah tells us that an angel appeared to him in the form of burning bush (3:2). As Moshe approached the bush to discover … Continue reading

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Abraham and the Amidah

Parashat Lekh Lekha In the opening words of this week’s Torah portion, G-d speaks to Abraham, saying: Lekh Lekha – Get yourself out of your land … and go to the place I will show you (Genesis 12:1). At the … Continue reading

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Awaken Your Soul: “The Cry of the Shofar”

“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. For it shall be for you a day for blowing the shofar. (Numbers 29:1)” This Wednesday night, … Continue reading

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A Taste of the World to Come

Parashat Kedoshim Parashat Kedoshim is one of my favorite portions in the Torah. It also illustrates the stark distinction between the concept of holiness as understood within the Jewish community and that within much of the western world. The concept … Continue reading

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A Tabernacle, Furniture, and the Presence of God

Parashat Vayakhel This week’s Torah portion gives further instructions concerning the building of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle) and its furnishings. This raises an interesting question: For if the Bible’s overall theme is about G-d’s relationship with humanity through the Jewish people, then … Continue reading

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Special Course Announcement

Beginning next week I will be teaching a special six-week Foundation Course on Messianic Jewish Spirituality for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI). Using the Siddur and the introductory works of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Paul Philip Levertoff and Isaac Lichtenstein, … Continue reading

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Choosing to be God Conscious

Parashat Toldot What does this week’s Torah portion teach us about personal choices? “Esau said to Jacob, ‘Pour some of that red stuff for me now, for I am exhausted. Jacob said, ‘Sell, as this day, your birthright to me.’ … Continue reading

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Learning With Paul … and Paul

Today is Rosh Chodesh Av (see my previous post), beginning a period of mourning within Judaism called the “Nine Days” – beginning with the first of Av and culminating on the 9th of Av with the fast day known as Tisha … Continue reading

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