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  • The Real Miracle (Chanukah and Thanksgiving, part one)

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    November 27, 2013 | 10:57 am


    Thanksgiving and Chanukah part 1


    We never said grace before a meal or anything like it my home growing up. When I might eat a meal at friend’s home, I found grace odd. It was not that I did not believe in God; I had not thought about God enough to have a strong opinion on the... read on

  • Happiness, Addiction, Training

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 18, 2013 | 5:54 pm


    How Can Emotions Be Commanded?

    ‘How can emotions be commanded?’, I am asked, when I go over the three main commandments regarding Sukkot:  to live in rickety hut with an unfinished roof (Sukkah), wave a bunch of foliage around, and be only happy. I am certainly asked to explain... read on

  • Atheism, mysticism and ladders

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 16, 2013 | 6:41 pm

    I had a new insight about atheism this week.

    Though my ongoing studies of Chasidism, I am encountering again a refutation of the supposed opposition of philosophy and mysticism. Moses Maimonides, the greatest Jewish philosopher, who is understood rather firmly as being shaped by... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Ph.D., is the spiritual leader of Ohr HaTorah Synagogue, an independent traditional-progressive (between Conservative and Reform) in Mar Vista. He is...

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