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Let My People Know, Let My People Think

by Roger Price

3 days ago

In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two... read on

  • The Coyne wars reach Einstein

    By Roger Price

    3 weeks ago

    Q: What do Jonathan Sacks, Ross Douthat and Albert Einstein have in common?

    A:  Let’s see. The first is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth, the second is a New York Times based columnist who writes frequently about religion, and... read on

  • The conflict over whether Judaism and science conflict

    By Roger Price

    February 27, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    From time to time, like when an itch just needs to be scratched or a roiling cauldron must overflow, essays are written and debates ensue over the question of whether there is a conflict between Judaism and science. The direct answer to the question depends to a considerable degree... read on

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    by Roger Price

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and... read on

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  • Pew’s construct of “Jews of no religion” is imprecise and misleading

    Roger Price

    December 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Of the many interesting aspects of the recently released survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center (the “Pew Portrait”), perhaps none is more troubling than the distorted bisection  of American Jews into two primary sub-groups, one labeled “Jews by religion” and the... read on

  • Biblical numbers, mathematics and attributed patriarchal ages

    By Roger Price

    November 13, 2013 | 12:49 pm

         The Hebrew Bible is filled with numbers. There are different kinds of numbers -- cardinals and ordinals, integers and fractions, even primes. And they are everywhere in the Torah text.

         There are numbers for days and numbers for life spans.

         There are numbers for... read on

  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the... read on

  • What if Cyrus had not freed the Jews?

    By Roger Price

    September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

      Over twenty-five centuries ago, Cyrus II, founder and ruler of the Persian Empire, freed the Jews who had been transported forcibly to Babylon and facilitated the reconstruction of their Temple in Jerusalem. Without the intervention of Cyrus, the Jewish People and Judaism as we... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Roger Price was born and raised on the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, long before Barack Obama decided to settle there. Originally schooled in a classic...

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