"Can "true religion" be a basis for hatred or division among people? Based on the historical record, it seems clear that the answer is, yes.
"I’ve done everything “right”: given my children Jewish education, sent them to Jewish camps, spent time with them in Israel and modeled engaged Jewish living. But with the celebration of my second child becoming a bat mitzvah and officially beginning her journey as a Jewish adult, I can now say with certainty that my children will not be Jews like me…."
According to Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D., in the earliest version of Isaac’s story, Isaac has a very short life. He is killed for his father’s sins in Genesis 22 and is only resurrected by later authors. The newly animated Isaac leads a long and interesting life remarkably like his father’s. Isaac’s Death and Resurrection traces the development of the Isaac story from its divergent beginnings into the canonical text of Genesis. This book is one in the most recent series of Modern Scripture publications.
Too often, the discussion around religion and science produces a lot of heat, but very little light. Sinai and Synapses will be working to change that. This is another in a series of conversations with some of the most interesting and dynamic thought leaders — from both the religious and scientific worlds.
Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb’s publication, "You Can't Wrap Herring in an iPad: Digitization of Sacred Jewish Books, the Stripping of Embodied Ritual, and Implications for Jewish Education" is one of the Berman Jewish Policy Archives 21 most often viewed articles in 2013. For more on the article...
In the wake of the scandal of traffic disruptions over the busiest bridge in the US, "...[Governor of New Jersey, Chris] Christie sorely misunderstands the responsibility powerful leaders have – to always be asking about the culture they create in which people operate.
"Political struggles over pregnancy, the right to terminate it, when life begins, and who gets to make those decisions, are nothing new. A case unfolding in Texas however, brings those struggles to a new level, one which invites us to ask important questions about the politics of pregnancy, and the value of planning for as good a death as possible...."
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The Covenant Foundation awarded a second prestigious Signature grant to ConverJent for its cutting-edge work in Jewish education. The $33,000 grant, part of approximately 1.8 million to be distributed this year, was made for one year to train educators to use Jewish Time Jump: New York, a geolocative interactive educational game, and to develop a curriculum that can be integrated into its play.
"You might not have read this news item unless you are a gun enthusiast but this may bode well for our gun control debate. Dick Metcalf, a pre-eminent gun journalist, was recently removed from Guns & Ammo magazine and taken off the roster of star speakers reviewing new firearms for gun companies. Why?
"Once a month at our family Shabbat service we ask families to submit questions in advance in what, in lieu of a sermon, is our ‘So now you know’ slot... I was asked to address the questions of tattoos in Jewish tradition. This included, of course, the question as to the truth of the myth that a tattoo denies one burial in a Jewish ceremony...."