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Warning: Irrationality

BUT RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISTS AREN’T THE ONLY PROBLEM By Alan Rutkowski   AN UNAPPRECIATED but dangerous consequence of the Trump era is widespread liberal/secular oversimplification of the emerging danger. In their attacks on religion, for example, the so-called New Atheists — Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens (RIP), and Sam Harris — have fostered the notion that […]

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Be Here Now

Spiritual explorer and writer Ram Dass, whose 1971 book, Be Here Now, introduced many, many baby boomers to meditation, mindfulness, and Eastern spirituality, was born Richard Alpert in Newton, Massachusetts on this date in 1931. Alpert partnered with Timothy Leary in conducting experiments with LSD at Harvard University, where both were faculty members ; they […]

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January 27: The Kotzker Rebbe

Khasidic rabbi Menachem Mendel Morgensztern, known as the Kotzker Rebbe, died at 71 in Kotzk, Poland on this date in 1859. The spiritual founder of the Ger dynasty, the Kotzker Rebbe sought to move the populist element of khasidism away from rabbi-worship and to restore a central place for Torah within khasidic worship. He never […]

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Why Do Jews Need Rosh Hashone

Psychological and Communal Aspects of the Jewish New Year by Reba Carmel From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents   OUR FIRST BIBLICAL ENCOUNTER with Rosh Hashone does not mention “Rosh Hashone” (“Head of the Year”). Leviticus 23:24-26 states: ‘[I]n the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete […]

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Three Perspectives on Modern Judaism

by Rabbi Reba Carmel Discussed in this Essay: The Modern Guide to Judaism, by Shmuely Boteach. 2012, Overlook TP, 208 pages. Breath of Life — God as Spirit in Judaism, by Rachel Timoner. 2011, Paraclete Press, 180 pages. Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism, by Sarah Bunin Benor. 2012, […]

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What’s Missing in Secular Jewish Communities

by Julie Gamberg Adrienne is a secular Jewish community member who wants to talk about God — or god. She grew up in an observant Jewish home, which she left for a wild youth, during which she thought very little about her Jewish identity, and even less about the supernatural. She eventually settled down with […]

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