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Jewish Trees, Ranked

For Tu B’Shevat, the 13 greatest trees in Jewish history, from the palm groves of Ein Gedi to a humongous, ancient sycamore in Netanya—and the burning bush

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Gay Rights: Change Is Gonna Come. The Torah Says So.

I’ve fought for gay rights in the courtroom and have seen same-sex marriage become the law of the land. Despite narrow interpretations, I argue the belief in God is not inimical to the concept of change.

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Can a Divided America Heal?

The Bible offers some perspective on the repercussions of a triumph of bravado, and a citizenship at odds

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Fear of The Book, and My Path to Academe

As a boy, I feared dropping the Torah scrolls, or writing marginalia in other texts. But I overcame that anxiety once I entered academe, whose doors were opened by great Jewish thinkers before my time

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A Blizzard Named ‘Jonas’? More Like a Dove

The snowstorm making its way to the Northeast might be branded as mighty, but its Biblical namesake tells us otherwise 

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The Saga Continues

Devotees of Star Wars and the Bible have something in common: they have expanded the universes of each text through sheer creativity, even taking ownership of them along the way

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The Curse of Ham

The commentary on this week’s parsha created a mythical racial ideology that continues to lurk in the shadows of Judaism

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Thou Shalt Not: Yom Kippur and Sexual Assault

A new book about America’s rape culture provides some perspective on the High Holiday passage Leviticus 18, which is light on punishment for perpetrators

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