"...In the face of such terror, we seek reasons and explanations. We want to know who and what is to blame, hoping that if we could figure that out and make it go away, we would be free of such horrors as the mass murder which occurred in a Tucson shopping center just 48 hours ago..."
"...Like most such campaigns, especially in France, the real issue seems to be the campaigners' general hostility to both religious tradition and to God. Were it otherwise, why mention the antiquity of the practice or its source, for believers at least, in sacred tradition?..."
"...In the face of such terror, we seek reasons and explanations. We want to know who and what is to blame, hoping that if we could figure that out and make it go away, we would be free of such horrors as the mass murder that occurred in a Tucson shopping center just 48 hours ago..."
Rabbi Irwin Kula discusses how to find renewal and avoid burnout in the New Year, with Rev. Welton Gaddy.
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With Rev. Welton Gaddy from State of Belief, Air America, 1/1/2011
Rabbi Irwin Kula takes the position that it’s the relationship that matters — ‘Jewish wisdom, with its rich parsing of different sorts of vows, promises, bonds, oaths and obligations, and its nuanced view of the different types of intimate relationships that we do indeed form, could actually help us better understand and enrich the commitments we do make — from a one-time date to a loving 60-year marriage.’..."
Erik Hines and Jack Roberts interview Rabbi Irwin Kula about the holiday season.
"...There is however, embedded in Jewish tradition, an approach to the death penalty which would help us address this issue. The Hebrew Bible is filled with transgressions for which death is the prescribed penalty; there is only one instance however, in the Five Books of Moses in which someone is executed by the court...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lou Dobbs about evangelical atheists promoting their message during the holidays, along with appreciating the beauty of one another’s traditions.
"...All traditions, even those as old as the laws found in the Torah, are rooted in some larger cultural context. Think about everything from animal sacrifice to the tzitzit, the ritual fringes worn by many on their talitot (prayer shawls) and some on a kind of fringed ritual undershirt. The former was the dominant mode of all idolatrous worship in biblical antiquity, and the latter was a Jewish adaptation of the clothing worn by the priests of Egypt...."
"...Among the most interesting findings in Exline's study are the place of anger at God in the lives of self-declared atheists, and also the compatibility of simultaneous anger and positive feelings about God..."