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.
Part 1. Biblical Views: After Jacob died, the Torah tells us that he was "gathered to his people."
The Maccabees remind us that we must take matters into our own hands.
You can return to the Garden of Eden on a regular basis!
In the Berchot Hamazon we state that God has NOT forsaken us.In light of all the suffering the Jewish people have endured can we say this in good faith?
Remember being nervous about having to take a test? But now imagine that the teacher distributed a study guide with the questions that will be on the test. You’d undoubtedly feel more confident about your chances. Well the teacher has already distributed the questions that you will be tested on, when you take your final, final exam, the admissions test to qualify for Olam Haba (the World to Come). Start preparing for your final, final exam now.
Seeing people in a nuanced manner helps us to simultaneously protect ourselves from being hurt while finding redeeming qualities in those we had previously written off. Yet, our brains are programmed to make sweeping snap judgments about people. How can we fight this tendency and view people in their totality?
God is all- powerful and good, yet there is injustice. What is the Jewish response to this seemingly unanswerable contradiction between belief and reality?
Part two of this series addresses the question of how Judaism distinguishes between the natural and man-made and why these differences are significant.
Rabbi Steven Saks
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