Jewish Journal

Chaos and creation, from Genesis to today

by N.S. Palmer

December 7, 2016 | 4:19 pm

Photo from NASA

You might not expect it, but the very first words of the Torah explain how social change works.

The most familiar English rendering is “In the beginning,... More.

  • Do you want to believe?

    by N.S. Palmer

    November 21, 2016 | 1:15 pm

    After a bitterly divisive election season, there’s one question on everyone’s mind:

    “How can people possibly believe that?”

    What “that” is depends... More.

  • Ben Franklin’s Jewish values

    by N.S. Palmer

    November 7, 2016 | 3:25 pm

    American founder Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) wasn’t Jewish, but he might as well have been. He shared many of Judaism’s key moral values.

    One of our... More.

  • The UNESCO vote mystery

    by N.S. Palmer

    October 17, 2016 | 11:05 am

    There’s a mystery about UNESCO’s denial last week of Jewish connections to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

    It’s not that the resolution was... More.

  • How to say you’re sorry before Yom Kippur

    by Danny Lobell

    October 10, 2016 | 11:33 am

    Throughout the year, we all do things we’re not proud of. For example, maybe you let your dog urinate on your neighbor’s lawn a few too many times this... More.

  • Ways to make money for Yom Kippur pledges

    by Danny Lobell

    October 7, 2016 | 4:22 pm

    We’ve all been there. It’s late in the day on Yom Kippur, and we’ve been fasting for hours and hours. We’re lightheaded, and disoriented, and not quite... More.

  • Twin holidays of creation

    by N.S. Palmer

    October 7, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. They seem quite different.

    But what if they’re not so... More.

  • Never give up hope

    by N.S. Palmer

    September 28, 2016 | 5:00 pm

    War. Terrorism. Riots. Crime. Unemployment. Political corruption. Intolerance.

    There are many reasons to give up hope.


    If you give up hope,... More.

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