What’s a Jewish Girl to Do? I Wanted God, Not Jesus
March 16, 2018
Author: Amanda Higgins

By my third year of grad school, my life, externally, was great. I had friends and a boyfriend who made a lot of money. I was in great shape, competing in a triathlon. But inside I was miserable. I found myself questioning everything: If life has no meaning, what does it matter if I live another day? And what happens after I die?

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Is the Jewish Religion a Laughing Matter?
Author: Matt Sieger

Jewish comedians have gently poked fun at their own religion— or their own doubts about the existence of God—for a long time. In Woody Allen’s movie, Broadway Danny Rose, Danny has the following conversation with his love interest, Tina: Tina: Who’s got...

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Jewish Guilt and the High Holy Days
Author: Aaron Abramson

“What special day do we celebrate next?” said a little girl to her father as she climbed into his lap. “Well, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot come just after summer,” he replied. By her unmoved expression he gathered that she was not terribly impressed. This was no surprise since she had only been four years old at last year’s services. Still, he had hoped that she would show a spark of interest, have some memory of the fall festivals. Was her lack of interest due to the relatively small Jewish community in their town? Or perhaps he’d not been intentional enough to balance his non-Jewish spouse’s inexperience with Jewish traditions. Whatever the case, one thing was certain: he was feeling stirrings of guilt. “Well,” he began, “Rosh Hashanah is . . . ,” but before he could finish, she had wriggled out of his lap and run out of the living room.

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The Universe is Broken… Who on Earth Can Fix It?
Author: Moishe Rosen

If the creation story is true, then should God and the Bible hold power in our lives?

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A Jewish Believer and Atonement
Author: Louis Goldberg

An Orthodox-turned-agnostic Jew finds complete forgiveness for his sins.

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Don’t Worry, I’ll Sit in the Dark: A Bright Look at Guilt

Don't Worry, I'll Sit in the Dark: A Bright Look at Guilt It could be a scene from a Neil Simon play or a Woody Allen movie. As the curtain opens we see our character, a young mother of two. She has just finished cooking a large pot of chicken soup, filling her...

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The Role of the Mediator: Who Can Stand for Us?

The Role of the Mediator: Who Can Stand for Us? An air of intensity hung over the little synagogue. It was stifling as the men of the congregation stood together, solemn in prayer, deep in concentration. Heads covered with tallisim, some of the men took on the...

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Guilty But…
Author: Jeff Adler

Guilty But... How guilt haunts us! Picture yourself in Macbeth’s shoes. Here is a man who had ascended to the top. Everywhere men respected and feared him. At his slightest whim, a kingdom mobilized to please him. He knew wealth, fame, and power. Yet, instead of...

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