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  • Jephthah and his daughter
    Does the story of Jephthah condone human sacrifice?
    The story of Jephthah is one of the more confusing stories you will find in the Bible. Many anti-Bible sources, like the Skeptic's Annotated Bible, elevate it as text condoning human sacrifice. I would like to dig into this topic a bit further...
  • Better times?
    The consequences of a Barry Freundel should teach us ...
    Author's NoteEthnic, racial and religious caricatures of oppressed minorities are commonly founded upon debunked but persistent stereotypes that contain trace elements of unpopular truths about them. However. when they are measured against the...
  • Lilith
    Was Lilith Adam's first wife?
    There is a lot of confusion in the world about Lilith. Many make the claim that she was originally in the Creation account as Adam’s first wife and was later removed. I am going to tell the actual history of Lilith to help clear up...
  • Netanyahu speaks to the media after a Palestinian terrorists attacked a Jerusalem synagogue killing five
    Netanyahu looks for condemnation, unity after Jerusalem synagogue terror attack
    After a terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue killed five and injured six and carried out by two Palestinians that occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an evening press conference called for world...
  • Image of perfection
    Purification of the image divine
    The image is constantly being purified. It is how we see ourselves and by extension how the Creator looks through our eyes at the world. There is one thing that is required of us. It is consciousness. It is the awareness of being and the awareness...
  • Jonathan Gruber
    Jonathan Gruber v Sharon Osbourne
    If anyone has listened to Conservative talk radio or watched Fox News in the past two weeks, they could not help but have heard MIT professor of economics, Jonathan Gruber, describing the steps needed to pass the Affordable Healthcare Act. Since...
  • Freundel visibly stressed leaving courthouse
    In the absence of "Ha Rav"
    Author's Note"Newborn found in dumpster while mom drinks in neighborhood tavern" or "Firefighters rescue baby from stifling heat inside locked car while mom gets her nails done."Indeed, such headlines are a sign of our...
  • Rabbi Freundel leaving courthouse
    Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive
    Wednesday, November 13, 2014Author's Note: I often wonder what men like Rabbi Freundel do with their time on an hourly and daily basis before their next court appearance. While true the two months he has is not a great length of time...
  • Micronesian Ambassador Asterio Takesy
    Colorado Jews to mark special friendship with Micronesia today
    A small, but growing group of Colorado Jews will mark today as the 28th anniversary of the special relationship between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia, which has proven to be not only a strong ally of America but also of...
  • Rabbi Barry Freundel donning tefilin
    Bernard (Barry) Freundel's fall from grace
    Author's Note: Trying To Make Sense Of It All …Torah provides the setting, ingredients, recipe and many exemplars of positive Jewish leadership.It is a tradition dating back to Moshe Rabbeinu, Moses Our Teacher. This is the man who,...
  • The image of our maker
    The image of our maker
    We are all made in the image of our maker. This seems self evident. There is then an idealized image that came from the beginning and as far as we know has never stopped becoming the thing unto which it was sent. This is the divine image of...
  • Temple of Solomon
    How King Solomon's domestic policies split the nation
    Solomon is one of the most well-known Biblical Kings, standing proudly in popular culture's understanding of the Bible next to his father, David. But his legacy was not as great as that of his father's - on the contrary, 1 Kings 11...
  • Kugel Nosh Down
    The return of the fabulous Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer Kugel Nosh Down.
    This year marks the return of the fabulous Beit Sefer Phyllis Mintzer (BSPM) "Kugel Nosh Down." BSPM is the religious school at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, a 37 year-old historically LGBTIQ synagogue in the Castro/Mission area of 16th...
  • Abraham Sacrificing Isaac
    Abraham, Hagar, And Isaac - A Story Of Faith And Logic
    To the modern reader, one of the most confusing passages found in scripture is the story of Abraham being told to sacrifice Isaac, and his willingness to do so. This story has bred countless questions and challenges against Christians asking us...
  • Elephant and Donkey
    The election and expectations
    Election results are nearly in. At writing, Republican majorities may soon control both houses of Congress. The President can no longer expect a rubber stamp in the Lower House for his legislative agenda. What changes, though, can the American...