Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Tag: Exodus

View the most popular tags overall?

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

  • Letters to the editor: Exodus, spirituality and anti-Semitism

    April 23, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Barking Up the Wrong ‘Free’

    I must admit that each time I read a good argument supporting each position (1) the Bible is to be taken literally and (2) the Bible is not to be taken literally, I find I am moved by both positions (“Did the Exodus Happen?” April 18). They are both...

  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    by Roger Price

    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...

  • From Pharaoh to Freud: The Bible’s Ultimate Id

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 10:23 am

    It's up there in the annals of stupidity.

    God had just undone Egyptian society with 10 devastating plagues, striking at the heart of Egypt's various nature gods. Water turned to blood. Animals turned against humans. Light stopped working. Pharaoh's Egyptian experiment, for all...

  • ADVERTISEMENT
    PUT YOUR AD HERE
  • Did the Exodus happen?

    By Dennis Prager

    April 16, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    With Passover here, it is a propitious time to address the central issue of the holiday: the Exodus. Specifically, did the Exodus happen?

    My friend Rabbi David Wolpe announced some years ago that it didn’t matter whether the Exodus occurred. In his words, writing three years...

  • Hollywood and the Nazis: Two historians, two opinions

    September 12, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    The study of history never lends itself to a single unambiguous view of the past.  For history is, as the British scholar E.H. Carr observed in his famous 1961 book “What is History?” “a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts, an unending dialogue...

  • BBC slammed for pulling documentary on Jewish exodus from Jerusalem

    May 1, 2013 | 9:55 am

     An Israeli-born filmmaker is slamming the British Broadcasting Corp. for pulling his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

    Ilan Ziv said in a blog post on April 27 that the BBC exhibited "a mixture of incompetence, political naivete, conscious or...

  • Rereading Leon Uris’ ‘Exodus’ a disquieting experience

    April 18, 2013 | 10:38 am

    In preparation for Israel’s 65th birthday, I recently reread Leon Uris’ novel “Exodus” — and found it disturbing and unsettling in many ways.

    I first read the book in 1970, around the time of my first visit to Israel, and fell in love both with the book and the country. I was...

  • Strangers, Immigrants and the Eglah Arufah

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Responsibility to the Stranger

    The Jewish tradition places a strong emphasis on our duties toward the stranger. The Rabbis returned repeatedly to the injunction: “you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 1, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    Turkey tourism is back!

    Last week, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, apologized to Turkey over the death of nine of its citizens during the IDF raid on the Gaza- bound ship, Marmara, in May 2010. The Marmara incident brought the Israeli-Turkish relationship down to a...

  • What am I a Slave to?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 29, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I hope everyone’s Seders were fulfilling—spiritually, emotionally and gastronomically! As I went through the Haggadah, I was struck by how many of us don’t take seriously the line: B’Chol Dor V’dor…. In every generation, each person is obligated to see...

  • Killing Children and Eating Matzah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 28, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    By M. Alexander

    Passover is one of the reasons I rejected Judaism.  How can a religion that claims to be a proponent of equality simultaneously have at its cornerstone of freedom the murder of children?  Instead of delving deeper, I turned away from Judaism as a holiday of...

  • The chametz within

    March 28, 2013 | 8:17 am

    Rejoice! Spring has arrived, and Pesach is here. The time of our liberation is at hand. The Exodus from our narrow straits is re-enacted once more.

    To be sure, Pesach is about history — the story of the children of Israel leaving the oppression of Egypt, freed into the wilderness...

  • Recalling a second exodus

    March 28, 2013 | 5:53 am

    Frolicking with her fiancé in the cool waters of the Suez Canal, Lilian Abada would never have imagined she was about to experience the first of a string of events that would ultimately lead her to flee her native Egypt for Israel with only one suitcase.

    When Abada and her future...

  • Is the Exodus Narrative Really That Good?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 25, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    So today while thinking about what I wanted to write about Passover, this unholy thought popped in my head.  Is the Exodus story even a good story?  I know it must be because it’s the most powerful, climactic, sweeping narrative in all of Torah, but I couldn’t...

  • Israelis “Next Year in Jerusalem”  Much More Likely

    By Pini Herman

    March 25, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Israeli-born Jews were found to be not a growing presence by the recently published New York Jewish Population Study.  The number of Israeli-born Jews in New York declined 6.5 percent in the last decade since 2002 when 31,000 Jewish Israeli-borns were counted and 2011 when 29,000...

  • 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...

  • For your seder table

    March 22, 2013 | 11:04 am

    The following text is excerpted from “The Bronfman Haggadah,” written by Edgar Bronfman with illustrations by Jan Aronson (Rizzoli, 2012).

    NARRATOR: Four hundred years before the Exodus, a Hebrew named Joseph lived in the land of Egypt. Originally from Canaan, Joseph had been...

  • Nachshon Ben Aminadav - A Hero For All Times

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 22, 2013 | 6:10 am

    Nothing in the Seder is as it appears. Each symbol, midrash, vignette, poem, and song evokes layers of meaning that help fashion the Jewish heart, mind and soul. The Seder carries such deep religious, cultural, moral, historical, and political significance that Passover is among...

  • One voice for comprehensive immigration reform

    March 21, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Family is the foundation of American society, and united families strengthen us as individuals and as communities. Tragically, many immigrant families remain separated for years — often decades — because of our severely broken immigration system. Bureaucratic visa delays can go on...

  • New haggadahs: Edgar Bronfman’s and an interactive version for kids

    March 11, 2013 | 9:24 am

    Francine Hermelin Levite and Edgar Bronfman have been using unique versions of the Passover Haggadah for years. Now both have decided to publish their versions of the Exodus story.

    Hermelin Levite, 43, the mother of three school-aged children, is the author of “My Haggadah: Made...

  • Is there a shortcut to redemption

    March 4, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Pesach - the Hebrew name for Passover-- comes from the Hebrew root PSH which means to skip over, to pass over. It appears first in the context of the ten plagues, in which God skipped over the homes of the Israelites while the rest of Egypt suffered.

    On a deeper, more fundamental...

  • Wearing your true self

    February 20, 2013 | 3:09 pm

    “Do not judge by the flask, but rather by what it contains” (Pirkei Avot 4:20).

    We are taught from a young age not to “judge a book by its cover” and we raise our children to look deeper than just at the clothes someone is wearing. Yet in this week’s portion we find a good deal...

  • Sharing the Infinite - Parashat Terumi (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

    February 13, 2013 | 7:40 am

    You shall make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8).

    Is it possible for God to dwell among us? King Solomon had his doubts. He wondered aloud at the inauguration of the Temple, “Will God really dwell on earth? Even the heavens … cannot contain You, how...

  • On equal footing

    February 6, 2013 | 11:09 am

    I watched President Barack Obama’s second inauguration from the hospital room of my 92-year-old friend Harriet. She was having an EKG during it, even though we all agreed the numbers would not provide an accurate assessment of her condition — her medical condition, that is. 

    “You...

  • Power of ten

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    January 30, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    Sometime during the 13th century, in a private study in Barcelona, an anonymous author sat and composed “Sefer HaChinuch” (“The Book of Education”). This systematic study of the Torah’s 613 commandments was beautifully written as a gift from a father to his son. In his...

  • Opportunity of a setback

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    January 16, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    This week’s parasha is one of the most central to the Jewish narrative. We read of the final plagues, the storm brought by God’s mighty hand and outstretched arm gathering on the border of Egypt, the Divine command to prepare for the Exodus by baking the matzot and eating the...

  • ‘La Rafle’ recalls Vichy sins

    November 15, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The biblical book of Exodus begins the ominous story of the Israelites’ descent into slavery with the following words: “A new generation arose” in Egypt that did not know Joseph. Well, a new generation has arisen in France, and they, unlike their parents and certainly their...

  • For a Thanksgiving seder, it’s all about the ‘hodu’

    November 12, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Sitting down to the well-set table every November, even though it is filled with family and food, I always feel that something is missing -- a Jewish connection to the Thanksgiving story.

    A dinner without the drama of the Exodus, like the Passover seder, leaves me just with the...

  • Receiving happiness

    October 3, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Sometimes we just can’t do as God asks. Our burden is too great. 

    I run into this often when visiting hospital patients and their families during the High Holy Days. They feel mad at God for their circumstances and conflicts. Why would I get sick on Rosh Hashanah and miss the...

    Page 1     of 4 pages        1 2 3 >  Last ›
ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE