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.
Part 1 of this series addresses two questions:
Question1: What is the relationship between God and nature?
Question 2: Are humans part of nature or apart from nature.
Regular participation in religious services can improve the immune system, decrees blood pressure and add years to our lives. How can this be?
A record number of Americans are unhappy with the candidates and the harsh tenor of the campaign. Judaism provides us with a model which can foster civil and productive disagreement.
Though we think of the “Good Old Days” as a period belonging to the past, Judaism teaches us that we have the ability to create “New Good Old Days” in the future.
The services are long and the liturgy is repetitive. Though it is easy to wind up mumbling through our prayers we can easily find ways to improve our prayers which in turn will help us to improve ourselves and our relationships with others.
Many rabbis followed the lead of Noah by failing to address the “Iran Deal” over the High Holidays. While Noah was a righteous man he is not the biblical figure who should serve as our role model. Shockingly, these rabbis can learn from Howard Stern.
Rabbi Steven Saks
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