- In a world having a history of untold suffering—especially, it seemed, for Jews—was the existence of an all-powerful and comforting G-d still tenable?
- What were the purpose and meaning of Jewish practices and customs, given the increasing number of Jews who placed greater value on their own autonomy?
- Could Jews still justify the notion of a "chosen people" in a society where Jewish integration and full participation with the rest of humanity had become the norm?
An examination of how leading Jewish thinkers have attempted to reconcile Jewish belief with the reality of Jewish life. We shall examine questions such as:
The Mezuzah demonstrates that those who defended slavery on the grounds that the Torah sanctions it were not reading closely enough.
Adas Kodesch's own Michelle Glazier heroically saved another by donating an organ. You too can be a hero and save the life of another! It actually may be easier than you think and provide an unexpected benefit.
Why is Judaism tied to a particular land?
Last week's tragedy at Mt. Meron on Lag B'Omer was the worst peacetime disaster Israel has ever experienced.
The Declaration of Independence uses language that echoes the biblical concept of Betzelem Elokim (created in the image of God). How can the concept of Betzelem Elokim help heal our world?
Does observance of the mitzvot guarantee us divine protection and favor?
The acceptance that God is outside of nature and cannot be controlled through magic is empowering.
The Torah's response to the Capitol Hill riots.
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