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  • The Wisdom of Compassion:  Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    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,...

  • The Triangle Waist Factory fire and the laws of holiness

    March 24, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    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...

  • Holiness vs. Spirituality

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    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...

  • Seeking Holiness

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, deep in my heart
    I do believe
    That we shall overcome, someday!

    Those 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?

    From what great wellspring did this...
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  • Under The Skin

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In the new "Body Worlds" exhibit at the California Science Center, a plastic man called "Chess Player" sits at a table with his back hunched forward and his hands cupped under his chin. His lips pursed, his eyes stare intensely at the chess board.

    Posed in cerebral solemnity,...

  • A Jewish Diet

    By Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank

    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...

  • The Bonds that Unite Us

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    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...