Issues 01:07 A Jewish Believer and Atonement

A Jewish Believer and Atonement

I still remember vividly the Day of Atonement from my tenth year. Though I was not yet bar mitzvah, I insisted that I, too, would fast and take part in the synagogue services, despite my parents’ objections. After all, I wanted my sins forgiven! With childish zeal, I entered into all that made up the […]

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The True Zaddik
Author: Susan Perlman

The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism, who lived from 1700 to 1760, taught: If a Zaddik (righteous one) wishes to raise a man up from the depths of sin, he must descend to his level. To what can it be compared? To a man trying to lift up someone who has fallen into a […]

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An ISSUES Interview [with Dr. Simon Green]

The following is an interview with Dr. Simon Green, a professor of philosophy at one of the largest state universities in the country. Because the questions are pointed, the answers are candid and his position is sensitive, we have changed his name. Q: As a Jew who does not believe in Jesus and is oriented […]

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The Butcher

Shimmon Shlomovitz was the finest butcher ever to live in the little shtetl of Vaysechvoos. He took great care to have his shop supplied with the finest meats and poultry. He was fair in his prices, and the scale he used to weigh the purchases, well, if it wasn’t accurate, it was at least a […]

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Would God Forgive?

It was Yom Kippur. I was twelve, and I was fasting for the first time. I woke up early that morning, feeling especially holy and begging my parents to hurry and get dressed. I wanted to be in synagogue to spend the day praying and fasting like other Jews. We sat side by side in […]

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