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bob-mustin's picture
Oct.03.2013
Zealot - The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan   Many people raised in the Christian faith assume that the historical Jesus and the Jesus of the Bible’s New Testament are one and the same. Not so, says the author - and a trove of divinity and Biblical scholars. This book,...
bonnie-j-gordon's picture
Jan.22.2013
My daughter's bat mitzvah planning session is coming up at our temple, and of course I Googled the Torah portion that she will read if we get the date we're hoping for. It starts in Numbers 30.2, and immediately discusses the difference between a man's vows - which are an obligation in the sight of...
SFKaufman's picture
Feb.18.2012
I have recently done a full hour plus interview with the esteemed spiritual leader of Chabad Upper East Side in Manhattan, Rabbi Krasnianski. It turned out to be one of the most illuminating interviews I have done to date for Hanshi's World, my cable television show in New York. The...
suellen-ocean's picture
Jan.24.2012
It's the Old Testament. Before it was the OT, it was the Old Covenant. The covenant existed between God and the children of Israel. It is a treaty between these two. Then later, the Christians created a new "treaty" which we know of as the New Testament.   Suellen Ocean is the author of The...
suellen-ocean's picture
Nov.22.2011
Matthew, the fellow who wrote the Gospel, one of four "Gospels" in the bible was also a Jewish tax collector. Matthew believed that Jesus was the Messiah and legend has it that he was "called" by Jesus. Scholars take writings and analyze them and discover that books of the Bible were not written by...
dovid-krafchow's picture
Dec.17.2010
A poet I know leaned over my shoulder while I was sitting at a cafe and put in front of me some obscured tomb of English Cabala; he asked me if I knew who the author was? I did not. Then I took out my book 2012 and the Cabala and asked him if he knew who the author was? It was me. I told him the...
SFKaufman's picture
Nov.23.2010
Superfragilistic Amniotic Intercourse Title hardly makes any sense, right? Wrong! Attempting to decipher the rhyme or reason for things of potential global impact goes against the pall of rational thought that is of value to the human race. Kind of like calling an otter a threat to walruses. Let's...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Dec.11.2009
Current controversy around a work of art has me asking this question: what is our obligation to respect what is sacred to others, especially if it has no such significance to ourselves? In this story, four different notions of the sacred have come into conflict. Talk about a teachable moment! What...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
May.16.2009
Some really good news about "Cryo Kid - Drawing a New Map" (www.cryokid.com). It's been named Finalist in the Women's Issues category of the Indie Next Generation 2009 Book Awards. I feel truly honored by this recognition for an independently produced book. I suppose it would have been...
dovid-krafchow's picture
Jul.18.2008
The Jewish People are widely known as the People of the Book and not without reason—books are implicit to the Jewish People from the seminal beginning 4000 years ago with the Sefer Yitzira/Book of Form written by Avraham the first of the Three Fathers of the Jewish People. In his book Avraham...