NaNachNachmanMeOman

I visited a village in the West Bank last weekend. I was wasn’t able to video on Shabbat… so I got the beginning and the end of it. The fellow that invited me belongs to a group of Jews who follow the teachings of Rabbi Nachman – a very mystical sect of Judaism that looks … Read more

Clinging to a Cement Wall

Ive heard it said that our faith is not in one proposition or another but in Jesus. I understand the intent behind this comment, I think I have probably said it, and I think there is some truth to it, but at the same time it can have the effect of making faith impossibly mystical … Read more

Erev Yom Kippur in Mea Shearim

I think this video was shot a day or two before Yom Kippur. This the kapparot ceremony that was made famous by the orthodox rabi who flew over Eilat in an ultralight with a chicken in order to sprinkle its blood over the city… If I have the story right, the authorities thought it was … Read more

Kipparot

Here is a explanation of ‘kipparot’ by one of the rabbis on campus. Ive tried to define a few of the terms that he uses: Slichot: prayers offered to prepare the heart to repent on erev yom kippur (eve of Day of Atonement) Kipparot: a ceremony symbolizing atonement in which a chicken is waved over … Read more

Atheism of Indifference

I think the larger question is what Atheism is and is not…. There is a basic difference between the way moderns and medievals look at religion. Medieval religion was a series of propositions about the universe that was either true or false, there is a God; there is not a God; there was a creation, … Read more

Psalm 110

In Matt. 22:44 Jesus challenged the Pharisees to identify who King David was referring to in the reference to ‘my Lord’ in Psalms 110. “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘ In Psalms 110 it literally reads “Jehovah says to my Adonai…” But … Read more

Faith

Several weeks ago I was asked if there was any chance I would convert to Judaism? How do you answer a question like that? The man asking the question had invited me to a study of Judaism but wanted to make sure that I was open minded enough that he wasn’t wasting his time. I … Read more