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Human Experience

On Sacrifices and Life: Wholeness Dismembered but Re-membered

A burnt offering, must be whole (תמים), after which it is dismembered (נתוח) and offered to YHWH. In the wake of the loss of my parents, I have come to appreciate how this process mirrors the creation story and life.

Prof. Rabbi

Wendy Zierler

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A Journey Through Previous Paradigm Shifts

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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“Torah Is from Heaven!” What Do We Really Mean?

Statements that express our feelings are often confused with factual assertions.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Naso: Alleviating Intense Emotions

A New Look at the Meaning of the Sotah and Nazir Rituals

Prof. Rabbi

Stephen A. Geller

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A Torah of Core Truths

Prof. Rabbi

Andrea L. Weiss

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Remarrying Your Ex-Wife

Why can’t a man remarry his wife once she has been married to someone else?

Dr.

Eve Levavi Feinstein

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Keeping Excrement out of God’s Presence

Deuteronomy requires Israelite soldiers to carry a shovel with them for covering their feces, outside the war camp, because God is in the camp. The Qumranites and Karaites assume that feces must be impure, while the rabbis extend the law to include times of prayer and Torah study, and maintaining human decency at all times.

Prof.

Alan Cooper

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Truth Spoken through the Humble Human Experience

Dr. Rabbi

Elisha Ancselovits

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Metempsychosis (Gilgul), Academic Study of Bible and the Meaning of Truth

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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Cathartic Cursing

A Therapeutic Outlet for Terrible Pain

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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Capturing Pain in Poetry

A Taunt So Cruel It Will Freeze an Enemy’s Blood

Dr. Rabbi

Eliezer Finkelman

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How Did Abraham Discover God? The Experiential Approach

The midrashic Parable of the Illuminated Palace concerns Abraham and the existence of God. In Part 1, we looked at Maimonides rationalistic, Aristotelian approach. Alternative interpretations focus on the idea of an experiential, living relationship with God.

Dr. Rabbi

Seth (Avi) Kadish

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Entering the Spiritual Seder Bubble

Prof.

Tamar Ross

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Deuteronomy on the Problem of Using the Senses to Experience God

“God has not given you a mind to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear until this very day.”—Deuteronomy 29:3

Prof.

Steven Weitzman

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Ketzos Hachoshen “Truth and Torah in Human Hands”

Rabbi

Eric Grossman

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