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  • Q&A with Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 8, 2013 | 6:37 pm

    On Sunday, May 11, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, will be feted for his two decades of service to the synagogue. He talks in this edited version of an interview about changes in synagogue life, his theology and what he prays for.

    Jewish Journal: Twenty...

  • 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...

  • Einstein, Kaplan and Heschel walk into a bar

    By Roger Price

    November 1, 2012 | 9:01 am

    It was in 1953, or so. The exact date is lost to memory.  The pub was somewhere just north of Columbia University. Albert Einstein, perhaps the greatest physicist of the century, picked the place in part because he was visiting an old friend at Columbia, as he was traveling from...

  • Q & A With George Nolfi of “The Adjustment Bureau,” Coming Soon to DVD

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 26, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    One of the best films of 2011 is still “The Adjustment Bureau,” George Nolfi’s sci-fi romantic thriller that has at its core a boggling theological question:  How much are our lives predetermined by a higher power, and how much comes about as a result of free will?  The movie,...

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  • Pub theology, topless bars and the basis for mental breakthroughs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 28, 2008 | 1:03 pm

    Pub theology has a newfound place in the modern Christian church. But the intersection of alcohol and divine revelation goes much further back.

    There was, of course, the wedding at Cana. Martin Luther was reportedly a fan of his home-brewed German hops. And it was over the daily...

  • A Good Place to Start

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Torah has no title page. It has neither an author's introduction nor a preface -- nothing to tell us why the book was written or how it is to be read. The very first line begins with a complete lack of self-consciousness: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth"...

  • Removing Theology

    By Daniel Bouskila

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought" by David N. Myers (Princeton University Press, $29.95).

    It is a rare exception to find a scholarly volume penned by an academic that speaks with such a resoundingly relevant message to the popular...

  • Let There Be Bart

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Do you pray? Do you watch "The Simpsons" religiously? Do you pray while watching Bart and Homer and the rest of the Springfield gang?

    Answer yes to any of these queries and you belong at Sinai Temple in Westwood for its unique, February-March Torah study program centered on the...

  • Why Jews Don’t Accept Jesus

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Why don't Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah or son of God?

    Growing up in Philadelphia, I attended Akiba Hebrew Academy, a private Jewish school. In 11th grade, a Southern Baptist preacher came to speak to our class. He looked around the room, and with a kindly smile said, "You seem...

  • Unorthodox Alliance

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The idea is supposed to make me tingle warmly: While I sit in my home here in Jerusalem enjoying

    the Friday evening calm, thousands of Christian Coalition supporters will be gathering at the Ellipse in Washington to proclaim solidarity with Israel. According to pre-rally PR, my prime...

  • Are You There, God?

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While the pain of the Sept. 11 attacks still churns like the smoke and dust that continue to rise out of Ground Zero, eight weeks has done something to begin our healing process.

    Some of the rawness of our national wound is beginning to abate, allowing us to use the clarity and...

  • Alligators Under

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I learned most of my theology not from my teachers but from my children. When my daughter, Nessa, was 3 years old, we had a routine. Each night, I would tuck her into bed, sing our bedtime prayers, kiss her good night and attempt to sneak out of the room. Halfway down the hall, she...
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