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  • Flash flood in Israel’s desert (VIDEO)

    March 18, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Is this what the Red Sea looked like when the waters came rushing back after the Israelites had crossed?

    Watch this flash flood from Israel’s Negev Desert as an empty riverbed comes roaring back to life.

  • 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 Jews of Kaifeng

    August 15, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Jewish liturgy and ritual frequently remind us that the Israelites were scattered to the “four corners of the earth,” as symbolized by the four fringes of the tallit, or prayer shawl. The extent of the geographic dispersion of the Jews over millennia has been vast, ranging from...

  • Dems to Palin: Bring up Rev.  Wright, we’ll bring up Rev. Muthee [VIDEO]

    October 8, 2008 | 4:02 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin attempts to inject Barack Obama’s controversial former pastor back into the presidential campaign, the Republican vice-presidential candidate is facing increasing questions about her own associations with clergymen.

    This week, in an...

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  • VIDEO: Palin Pastor: ‘Israelites’ run the economy

    October 1, 2008 | 9:54 pm



    Yes, he says 'Israelites'! (MSNBC)


    A pastor who blessed Sarah Palin's run for Alaska governor said Christians should emulate "Israelites" and run the economy.

    The 2005 video of South African Pastor Thomas Muthee laying hands on Palin, the Republican vice-presidential pick, surfaced...

  • Where’s the Passover story?

    By David Suissa

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's one of the great mysteries of the Jewish tradition. Every year, Jews around the world gather around a seder table to retell the story of our people's liberation from slavery. You can read a thousand articles, talk to a thousand rabbis, and they'll all say the same thing: At the...
  • Commitment Counts

    By Rabbi Joel Rembaum

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ask 10 Jews with a reasonable background in Torah the question, "Why did God not allow Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land?" and nine of them would probably say: "Because Moses hit the rock instead of talking to it in order to bring forth water and failed to sanctify...
  • Enemy in Our Midst

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "But if you do not completely drive out the inhabitants, those who remain will be pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in your own land" (Numbers 33:55).

    God awarded the land of Israel to His chosen people, but He didn't just give it to us on a silver...

  • In the Name of God?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Oh God, open all doors for me. Oh God, who answers prayers and answers those who ask you, I am asking you for your help. I am asking you for forgiveness. I am asking you to lighten my way. I am asking you to lift the burden I feel....

    God, I trust in you. God, I lay myself in your...
  • The Path for Growth

    By Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Almost 10 years ago to the day, I was interviewing at Adat Ari El for the position of assistant rabbi. The parsha on which I had to speak was Terumah. I wondered if there was any chance I would get the job.

    Let me explain.

    Some Torah portions lend themselves very easily to sermons....

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Reason to Obey

    This Shabbat we read the portion of Ki Tavo. In it, Moses tells the Israelites that if they obey all the commandments, they will be blessed with good food, good weather and a good life. But if they disobey the commandments, they will be cursed with misfortune.

    I do...

  • Power of Words

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Each night before retiring, the great Chasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav would make a list. At the end of a long day, he would write down all the wrongs he had committed -- against other people, against God, against himself. Nachman would read the list over and over again,...

  • The See Season

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There is a remarkable place I go to, about once a year. It is a spot on the Oregon coast. And I mean, literally, a spot. When I stand on that spot,

    I can see the whole world -- all of it.

    Straight ahead, I see the Pacific Ocean, waves rhythmically approaching and departing, humming...

  • Another Chance

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With great sadness my friends decided to divorce in January 2001. They had given themselves one year into the new century to see if they could make it work, and it didn't seem as if they could. Then, in 2002, they happily reconciled. When asked why, they say Sept. 11 brought...

  • Out of Darkness

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I once counseled a young man through what he later understood to be the most profound and transformative moment of his life: He was abandoned, without explanation or apology, by his beloved fiancée. After a crushing year, he came back to tell me that he realized, in retrospect,...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    SHINanigans!

    The letter shin is a big one this week: It is Shabbat Shira (vrha) – the Shabbat of Song, it is the month of Shevat (,ca) and it is the portion of B'Shalach. The Israelites cross the Sea of Reeds in this portion and, in an outpouring of gratitude, they sing a song,...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fight for Freedom

    In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I Have a Lesson For You

    Happy New Year!

    It is back to school and back to lessons. In this week's parshah, Pharaoh learns a few lessons, too – seven, to be exact.

    But, Pharaoh is a slow learner – and it will take three more lessons (in next week's portion) to make him finally...

  • Living Torah

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Imagine yourself forgotten, without anyone to protect you. Ruling powers are oppressing you and killing your children. The purported

    "reason" is economic, but a deep hatred based on mere difference underlies this attempted genocide. Helpless, you cry out. Who, in heaven and on...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Being Green

    Do you have a backyard? Is it green and full of flowers and trees? In Matot-Masei, we learn that God believes green space is an absolute necessity. God tells the Israelites: "Set aside some of your land for the Levites, so they can build towns. Make sure that there is...

  • Imagining Caleb

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Our Torah portion devotes more than 60 verses to the census of the Israelites. After the counting is done, the Torah adds: "Among these there was not one of those enrolled by Moses and Aaron the priest when they recorded the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai. For the Lord had...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Behar the Israelites are taught about shmita (sabbatical). Every seven years, the Jews in Israel must not farm their land so that the soil may take

    a rest. So, what does this have to do with

     

    Mother's Day falls on May 9 and is like a once-a-year sabbatical for mothers. It is her day to rest, to not have to cook, shop or work. So give your Mom a nice Mother's Day this year. She'll appreciate that breakfast in bed so much, and will be able to return to working and caring for you with renewed energy!

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Made With Fear

    In the Torah portion Ki Tisa, the Israelites take one ingredient -- gold -- and they melt, bake and mold it into a calf because they are fearful that Moses will not come back down the mountain. It turned out to be a bad idea and God became very upset with the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ready, Steady, GJ

    In our Torah we have reached Parshat Mishpatim. The Israelites have just been given the Ten Commandments, and now God spends a whole portion giving them laws that they will have to observe when they reach the Land of Israel.

    It can take a long time to study...

  • Righteous Indignation

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's Torah portion ended with a dramatic cliffhanger. A plague was in progress, punishing the Israelites for worshipping the false gods. Despite earlier prohibitions and the snare of idolatry, an Israelite man openly brought a Midianite woman into the camp. (Commentators infer...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Where Credit Is Due

    The Israelites complain, again, that they don't have water (Numbers 19:1-21:34). God tells Moses to make water pour from a rock by talking to it. Moses, in his anger at the whining Israelites, yells at them: "You'll see how we [him and Aaron] will make water...

  • ‘Shattered Dreams’ 10 Years After Oslo

    By Ethan Bronner

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Shattered Dreams: The Failure of the Peace Process in the Middle East, 1995-2002," by Charles Enderlin (Other Press, 2003).

    I once asked King Hussein of Jordan whether he considered Zionism legitimate. Did he accept that there was any historical basis to the Jews' claim to a...

  • Keys to the ‘Kingdom’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The ideals that form the moral compass of Western civilization, the belief that every human being has value, the belief that no one is above the law, the belief that how each of us treats our fellow human beings matters -- these were all the gifts of the Jews."

    So declares Carl...

  • Wonderful

    By Abby Gilad

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This is what happens in this week's parsha. In Parshat Pekuday, Moses gives the Israelites an accounting of how much gold, silver and copper was contributed to build the mishkan (the Tabernacle that held the Ten Commandments). This helps the Israelites to truly own the mishkan -- it...

  • Parshat Yitro

    By Abby Gilad

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Yitro, God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments. Some are commandments of thought: "Do not covet your neighbor's possessions." Some are commandments of speech: "Do not swear with God's name." And some are commandments of action: "Do not steal" and "Keep the Sabbath."

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