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  • ‘Homely’ ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence

    6 days ago

    Dimly lit, the stone slab, or stele, doesn’t look particularly noteworthy, especially when compared to the more lavish sphinxes, jewelry and cauldrons one encounters en route to the room where it is installed.

    Indeed, in a Twitter post this fall, art journalist Lee Rosenbaum...

  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    September 18, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    April 17, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    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 camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • Seeing Yourself in Torah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    With the opening of our new space at 8847 Venice Blvd., I have been thinking about how I got to where I am in life from where I was some 26+ years ago. I was locked up for the 2nd time and all I had was a Prayer Book and a Chumash, a book with the entire...

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  • Arguing Like Abraham

    November 5, 2013 | 9:22 am

    I facilitated a parenting discussion this past weekend, which is one of my favorite things to do (besides hanging out with my family and - shamefully - watching Vampire Diaries after the kids have gone to bed). We talked about why our children should be helping around the house,...

  • 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...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2013 | 5:02 am

    Maccabiah 2013- here we go!

    On Thursday, the 19th Maccabiah games (or: the Jewish Olympics) began with a spectacular opening ceremony, held in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem. Around 32,000 packed the stands, as thousands of Jewish athletes from 77 countries marched around the stadium...

  • Isaac Asimov, Two Foundations and the Jews

    By Roger Price

    July 12, 2013 | 8:48 am

       Abraham Joshua Heschel, the renowned 20th century philosopher, understood that gaining “control of the world of space” is one of the main tasks of humankind.  The result of the conquest of space is “technical civilization.” But, Heschel argued, “(l)ife goes wrong when the...

  • The camel’s nose and the Torah’s tent

    By Roger Price

    May 23, 2013 | 3:10 pm

         For those who hold that the Bible, and particularly the Torah, is the Word of God, without flaw and inerrant, the last few hundred years have been very frustrating. The development of the Documentary Hypothesis, the idea that the Torah was a compilation of works from several...

  • No one loves the stranger

    By Gina Nahai

    May 15, 2013 | 9:49 am

    I know what happened with those three women in Cleveland, how one man was able to imprison and torture them in the middle of a residential neighborhood for 10 years, even though he had grown children, brothers, cousins who visited the house for hours at a time. It’s not a pretty...

  • The Cosmos, Oneness and Judaism

    By Roger Price

    May 3, 2013 | 9:29 am

      The psalmist and the skeptic and the prophet and the professor look at the universe in which we find ourselves, see the same stars, feel the warmth of the same sun, hear thunder pealing from the same sky, understand the processes by which nature unfolds in spring, retreats in...

  • Release Margaret Thatcher, Reclaim Your Life

    By Marcus J Freed

    April 12, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Few questions are more challenging than "How did we get here?". That moment of discomfort when we find ourself in a predicament that appears to have suddenly occurred - a client has disappeared, the business is in a crisis, a relationship is going down the tubes. There are two...

  • The Supreme Court and gay marriage: no compelling secular reason to deny it

    By Mark Paredes

    April 6, 2013 | 12:39 am

    After taking the time to digest countless editorials, blog posts, and articles on the recent gay marriage cases argued at the Supreme Court, I remain convinced that there are valid religious reasons for opposing gay marriage, but no secular ones. While religious people should...

  • When “written in stone” is more than a phrase, and may even be evidence

    By Roger Price

    March 24, 2013 | 8:04 am

            The Hebrew Bible, thanks in large part to the often literal translation of it in the King James Version, is a source of scores of English idiomatic expressions. We may not know much about biology and history, but we do know, for instance, that a “leopard cannot change its...

  • Bezalel - Master Architect of Sacred Space - Parashat Vayakhel-Pekude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 7, 2013 | 10:51 am

    This week we learn about Bezalel, the man chosen to design and build the Tabernacle that carried the tablets of the law that Moses brought down from Sinai. (Exodus 38:22-39:31)

    On the face of it, these verses describe the matter-of-fact building of a physical edifice. But this...

  • What do I think about Zionism as a Turkish Muslim?

    March 5, 2013 | 11:55 am

    For the last couple of years — and especially the last couple of days — my Jewish friends all over the world have expressed their concern whether anti-Semitism is on the rise in Turkey. First of all Turkey has a population over 70 million. There is a great deal of diversity and...

  • How Do We Relate to Morally Difficult Texts in the Jewish Tradition?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 24, 2013 | 11:16 am

    We have all become familiar with the tactics of bigots who distort our religious beliefs or make up horrible lies to advance their hatred. Fortunately, most people in our pluralistic society recognize and reject these tactics.

    But how would we respond to a skeptic who points to...

  • “Findeth a wife, findeth a great good”

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    February 17, 2013 | 6:02 pm


    What's in a relationship?
    The bible so dedicatedly reminds us of our responsibilities and rights, when relationship and love is concerned. We are inclined to believe that a good relationship might be as easy as a walk in the park, as we're constantly bombarded with false images...

  • Megillat Esther — The book of the exile

    February 12, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    Purim is an extraordinary festival in the Jewish calendar.  It can be distinguished from all the other festivals by the character that it was granted in later generations, but mainly by its most primary source -  Megillat Esther itself.

    The different nature of the Purim customs...

  • The curious consensus of Jews on abortion

    By Roger Price

    February 1, 2013 | 11:09 am

    That different Jews have disparate views is not news. What is news is when most Jews agree on a particular idea or approach. And so it is with the curious consensus of Jews on abortion.

    In mid-2012, the Public Religion Research Institute (“PRRI”) published its findings from a...

  • Is God a Democrat or a Republican?

    January 23, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    With President Obama having just taken the oath for his second term in office, we can allow ourselves the luxury of thinking about substantive issues in ways that transcend party affiliations and divisions. We no longer have to debate how and for whom Jews should vote, and instead...

  • Cheerful and diplomatic, Ambassador Oren addresses L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 17, 2013 | 10:03 am

    In a speech about the U.S.-Israel relationship delivered in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, drew on his expertise as a historian of the Middle East to illustrate the strength of the alliance between the two countries....

  • WWMD? What would Maimonides do?

    By Roger Price

    January 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known by the acronym Rambam, lived over eight hundred years ago (1138-1204 CE). He never saw the planet Earth as Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders did on December 24, 1968, when Anders took the now iconic Earthrise photograph while flying...

  • Power of words

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    December 5, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    In our age of Facebook and Twitter, we know all too well how fast words can spread. When I was a kid, we played the game telephone, passing a word or phrase around the circle by whispering it into each other’s ear, knowing that by the time it went all the way around, it would...

  • An interview with Ayelet Shaked

    August 15, 2012 | 11:17 am

    With the run-up to the first-ever internal primaries for the Jewish Home Party (Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi) in full steam, one of the most hotly discussed issues is the candidacy of 36-year old Ayelet Shaked.

    The co-founder and former chairman of the MyIsrael (Yisrael Sheli) national...

  • ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’—bigger than the Bible?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 31, 2012 | 8:00 am

    I haven’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and I know nothing about it—other than that there are stacks and stacks of the book at Costco, and it was not written by Jonathan Franzen.

    But the book is a smash hit—think “Twilight” for non-tweens. And a hotel in the Lake District of England...

  • Biblical politics

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 19, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Michael Walzer frankly announces at the outset of “In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible” (Yale University Press: $28.00) that he is approaching the Scriptures not as a biblical scholar but as a political thinker.  “The Bible is, above all, a religious book,” he...

  • Israeli lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari rips up, throws out New Testament

    July 18, 2012 | 2:29 pm

    Israeli lawmaker Michael Ben Ari ripped up a copy of the New Testament and threw it in the garbage.

    Ben Ari, of the National Union Party, had his legislative aide, Itamar Ben Gvir, photograph his destruction and released the photo Tuesday to the Israeli daily Maariv.

    Lawmakers had...

  • Woman uses Bible to ‘knock the demon’ out of pastor

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 10, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Not your grandmother’s Bible thumpin’.

    Ina Garrett, a 64-year-old Southern Baptist woman, has been charged with assault for, admittedly, smacking her pastor in the head with a Bible. Even more shocking is that the Rev. Leon Taylor, of the 30-member Mt. Zion Baptist Church in...

  • Does GSN’s ‘American Bible Challenge’ have a prayer?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 13, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Jeff Foxworthy, the host of the new GSN show “The American Bible Challenge,” didn’t think you could center a game show around answering Bible trivia. Not sure why not. There is all kinds of good trivia in the Bible, and much of it is a lot harder to recall than you would expect.

    ...
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