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Whether you’re Orthodox, a “High Holiday Jew,” a self-proclaimed “bad Jew,” “Jew-ish,” or just have a Jewish relative or friend, you might find this season a suitable time to reflect on some spiritual possibilities.
Stepping off the plane, you land in the rumblings of an airport whose native tongue is far from what you’d describe as familiar. There are vibrantly dressed children, running around their mothers’ skirts.
Does keeping order in the Passover really matter? What does the story spell out about God?
New York Fashion Week and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can find themselves tangled together in a ball of devotion and duty.
Despite the circumstances, God is keeping Israel safe and reversing attempts to destroy her.
Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.
In a way, enlightenment has been a goal or achievement of both the Eastern and Western worldviews for quite some time. In Buddhism, starting with its founder in the fifth century B.C.E., individual enlightenment is a follower’s highest goal. “Buddha” means “awakened” or “enlightened one.” For the Buddhist, this means freeing oneself from the cycle […]
It’s easy for a message to get lost in miscommunication, so how can we trust that the Bible is true and accurate?
Walking with the Enemy, a new Holocaust-centered film by a new director and a new production company, officially releases on the 25th.
It seems, especially on the U.S. coasts, that major city dwellers are continuing to opt for more meat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-added-free, paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, raw food dining options, whether at home or out. A fixation on fresh, raw eats with substitutions galore is trending. Food is one major part of existence, and this goes for […]
Movie Title: Megillas Lester Director: CJ Kramer Writers: Malka Josephs (script editor), CJ Kramer (written by), Kayla Rabinowich (script editor) Primary Actors (stars): Michael Bihovsky, Noah Bird, Jeanne Intile Burns Date released: March 3, 2014 Genre: Animation Duration: 1h 5min Reviewer: Arielle Blackburn Review date: March 10, 2014 If you celebrate Purim, the next major […]
"Human attainment v. divine accomplishment" is a phrase I heard this past weekend to describe the major paradigms of faith worldwide. Human attainment is a core value in Judaism, for example. Pharisaical law – layering around each of the 613 commandments in Torah – further complicated religious life for the Jewish people of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) […]
We’re stuck with certain realities. On a basic level, the meat-and-matter body is greatly influenced by gravity. Have fun freeing yourself from that. You were born into a certain family, with biological parents, and most likely siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Enjoying them is preferable to the contrary, especially with the holiday season swiftly approaching. […]
Go Red Sox! 2013 World Series Champions! Wow! Our BoSox finally clinched the World Series at Fenway after 95 years! As 37-year-old World Series MVP David Ortiz told his teammates in his intense dugout speech during game four, you never know when you’ll get another chance. They took his message to heart and, as they […]
As the initial waves of autumn are rearing their heads, so are waves of “biters” in the new, fourth season of Walking Dead, slated to premiere on none other than the 13th (Sunday, not Friday) of this month, October. For those who happen to appreciate zombies, or at least the ones in the realms of […]
You might be surprised to learn that as Jewish believers in Jesus, many of us consciously choose to fast each Yom Kippur even though we believe our sins are already covered—and not just covered for the year, but for eternity. Our prayers are along the lines of 2 Chronicles 6:21 where Solomon, at the Temple’s […]
Most people hate the dentist. Well, they detest seeing one. For me, I can say I’ve been genuinely upset enough of the times I’ve gone that the experience of squeaky-clean teeth after a bi-annual check up is ruined. Worst of all, I often find out crucial information about dental care or filling progression after the […]
There’s a recent phenomenon, particularly among the more savvy users of social media. Something’s “trending.” #FOMO, the fear of missing out, is popping up everywhere, even in everyday conversation (not unlike other hashtags). Combined with #YOLO, you only live once, the combination proves persuasive. Of course, it’s not unique from social experiences of any other […]
Recently popular online is an octet of TEDTalks on "life hacks." The etymology of this buzz phrase comes from computer programming, where a programmer takes a shortcut—a hack—to save time and energy regarding a specific problem or set of information. Effectiveness outweighs elegance. One of these eight videos, "The game that can give you 10 […]