His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 79 today July 6, 2014. He was born to a farming family in northeastern Tibet as Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935. At the age of two, he was deemed the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama by Buddhist. At age of fifteen, following China’s invasion,...
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This week, in Parashah Shmini, we learn the laws of Kashrut. We often think of Kashrut as a hoq, a mysterious commandment that we follow only because our Torah says that God wants us to. But Kashrut is also a mishpat, a commandment informed by values and virtues that we can...
April 20, 2010 | 5:37 pm
An acquaintance recently asked me about the difference between holiness and spirituality. In America, this person noted, everyone talks about spirituality but no one
discusses holiness. What is Judaism’s view, my friend wanted to know, about these two ideas?
Perhaps the answer can...
April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm
Oh, deep in my heartThose lyrics, known for inspiring so many movements for justice and righteousness, are at the core of what I am thinking about these days. Is it truly possible to overcome?
I do believe
That we shall overcome, someday!
From what great wellspring did this...
August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm
February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The Tu B'Shevat seder, with its many fruit and nuts, challenges us to reconsider our usual diets, and the recommended Jewish diet. While the FDA recommends a diet high in grains, rich in nutrients and low in saturated fats, Judaism recommends a diet high in holiness, rich in...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Enter a cathedral, and what do you feel? Thesoaring vaulted ceiling, the giant columns, the colossal statues ofsaints and martyrs, the luminous stained-glass images of scripturalheroes -- the architecture articulates a spirituality of contrast. Weare small, insignificant, ephemeral...