PARSHAT EKEV

WHAT HUMANS NEED “Man does not live by bread alone.”  (Deuteronomy 8:3) Whenever I read the famous verse quoted above, I think about an old story.  A young minister runs a food kitchen for the homeless in the church.  As the homeless gather, before feeding them he begins preaching a sermon.  The older minister walks… Continue reading PARSHAT EKEV

PARSHAT DEVARIM

On the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, known as Shabbat Hazon, Moses begins telling a new generation of Israelites their history.  What happened leading to the forty years of wandering in the desert?  Why did the older generation die off so that only a new generation could enter the land?  History is important.  The philosopher Schopenhauer… Continue reading PARSHAT DEVARIM

Four Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Story

Jewish tradition has never read scripture in a literal manner. On the contrary, Jewish tradition has always allowed multiple interpretations of every verse in the Bible. In this course, we will look at the four classical methods of interpretation found in Jewish tradition – the simple, the rabbinical, the philosophical, and the mystical. How does… Continue reading Four Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Story

The Problem of Evil: Religion’s Greatest Challenge

We will study the problem of evil in the eyes of Western theistic religions, particularly Judaism. If God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good, how could God allow a world filled with suffering. We will seek answers both in Jewish tradition and more generally, in Western tradition. After looking a the book of Job, we will… Continue reading The Problem of Evil: Religion’s Greatest Challenge

The Ten Journeys of Life: Walking the Path of Abraham a Guide to Being Human (Mass Market Paperback)

This is a book filled with practical wisdom about how to live today. It is a book on how to be fully human. An old saying goes, “Life is a journey,” but Rabbi Gold proposes that life is actually ten very different journeys. We all travel most of them and many of us travel them… Continue reading The Ten Journeys of Life: Walking the Path of Abraham a Guide to Being Human (Mass Market Paperback)

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The Kabbalah of Love

Moshe is a very successful rabbi of a suburban South Florida congregation. And he is in the midst of a deep, spiritual malaise. He has forgotten how to love. His wife and son send him to Israel for a month with the hope that he can recharge his spiritual batteries. And there, in a small… Continue reading The Kabbalah of Love

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Three Creation Stories: A Rabbi Encounters the Universe

What is reality? Is reality both mind and matter, body and soul, as taught by Western religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? This is dualism, the approach of philosophers from Plato to Descartes. Or is reality only matter, as taught by many modern scientists and philosophers? This is materialism, the approach of philosophers from… Continue reading Three Creation Stories: A Rabbi Encounters the Universe

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