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Human Experience

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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Torat Emet: 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

The Torah requires all Israelite soldiers to carry a shovel with them for covering their feces, outside the war camp, because God is in the camp. Jewish interpreters have grappled with the meaning of this law: the Qumranites and Karaites assume feces must be impure, the rabbis extend the law to prayer and Torah study, and some medievalist interpreted the law homiletically, as a goad towards maintaining human decency at all times, even during war.

Prof.

Alan Cooper

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Torat Emet: 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

Part 1 concluded by raising some questions about Maimonides’ rationalistic reading of the Parable of the Illuminated Fortress. In Part 2 we will now deal with alternative interpretations based 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” (Deut 29:3).

Prof.

Steven Weitzman

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Torat Emet: Ketzos Hachoshen “Truth and Torah in Human Hands”

Rabbi

Eric Grossman

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