VIVEKANANDA AND THE WORLD PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS

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VIVEKANANDA AND THE WORLD PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS

Several world religious leaders (including the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Islam’s Caliph) refused to send representatives to the World Parliament of Religions at the 1889 Chicago World’s Fair – each claiming in turn that their religion could not sit with other religions because theirs alone contained Truth! But one…
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PHARISEES, SADDUCEES, ESSENES & ZEALOTS

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Tweet Share During their years of exile in Babylonia and Persia, the Jewish people had absorbed the idea that life is a battlefield between Good and Evil. Now, in Roman-occupied Judea, the line between Good and Evil seemed to have been clearly drawn between the Jews and the Romans. This divisiveness was further fueled by…
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THE CHANUKAH STORY

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THE CHANUKAH STORY

Tweet Share 1. THE REIGN OF TERROR   After the death of Alexander the Great, his three generals divvied up his Empire. The Greek city-states went to Antigonus. The northern region from Persia through Babylonia and Assyria was taken by Seleucis. The southern region, including Egypt and Palestine, was taken by Ptolemy. For 125 years,…
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HOW TAMAR MADE JUDAH A TZADIK

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HOW TAMAR MADE JUDAH A TZADIK

After Joseph was sold into slavery, and prior to his being sold to Potiphar, Genesis interrupts the flow of the story and inserts this interesting, and seemingly-out-of-place, interlude about Joseph’s brother Judah: Judah had gotten married and had three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. When Er came of age, Judah found him a wife named…
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ROSH HASHANAH 2013

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ROSH HASHANAH 2013

Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when the story of the Binding of Isaac is read in Temples throughout the world. Here is an interpretation of this troubling story that may provide some real food for thought. L’ Shana Tova!   THE BINDING OF ISAAC   The most important story about Isaac in…
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Cherry Picking

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Cherry Picking

There’s a whole lot of cherry-picking going on, so that, for example, if the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination it’s ok to make a big moralistic deal about that, but when it says that anyone who wears clothing made of two different types of cloth must be put to death, well, we don’t pay…
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THE SACRED CHALICE

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THE SACRED CHALICE

My new book, THE SACRED CHALICE, has just become available on Amazon and Kindle. I hope you’ll have a look. (A quick read: just 80 pp in paperback. On Wednesday, 8/14, and Thursday, 8/15, the Kindle version is Free). THE SACRED CHALICE is about the remarkable female characters in the Bible and what each woman…
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THE REAL NATURE OF EVIL IS THE DENIAL OF ONE’S OWN SACREDNESS

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THE REAL NATURE OF EVIL IS THE DENIAL OF ONE’S OWN SACREDNESS

A couple of weeks ago I posted my belief that: “The reason there is evil in the world, is that we have forgotten who and what we really are.” Last night I read this statement in a book, “The American Soul”, by Jacob Needleman: “The real nature of evil is the denial, not only of…
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