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Judaism for Dummies

I had my first encounter with Judaism when I met an Army chaplain who also happened to be a rabbi. I had never met a rabbi before, but I was a big fan of the Jewish people. So I told him so. In exactly those words, actually: […]

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Jews and Gentiles, Rebuilding Ruins Together

The High Holy Day season is always a powerful time of reflection and assessment. The Scripture passages chosen to accompany these holidays contribute to the spiritual depth of the season. I was particularly struck this year by a section of the Haftarah portion that is read every […]

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Carry My Cross

The recent shooting at an Oregon community college that left nine dead is a good point from which to reflect on Christian martyrdom. During the rampage, the assailant asked the Christian students to identify themselves. Upon confirmation of their Christian faith he fatally shot them. This tragedy […]

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