Rethinking Religion

Spirituality

The Empty Throne: Reimagining God as Creative Energy

God is not an old man who sits on a throne in the sky—God is the creative energy within earth, air, water, plants, animals, and humans!
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Film

Rabbi Zalman and the Making of Seeking the 36

In 2007 the two of us—novelist Stephen Billias and filmmaker Dennis Lanson—completed our collaboration on a screenplay entitled The 36 about the Lamed Vov, the Thirty-Six Just Men of Jewish folklore. While trying to sell the screenplay, we decided to make a separate documentary film called Seeking the 36 in which we would look for the Lamed Vov living in the world today.
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Judaism

Shavuot’s Revelation of Self

Shavuot provides an opportunity to peer deeply into the open self, a process embodied in the receiving of Torah at Sinai. The question is: will you choose to go up?
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Rethinking Religion

Loving-Kindness to the Thousandth Generation

Violence can take on a life of its own, rippling in unexpected directions. But our religious traditions teach us that love proliferates exponentially more.
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Judaism

The Tikkun Passover Supplement

The Jewish liberation holiday, Passover, has messages for anyone seeking to heal the world. This supplement expands on the Haggadah (Seder guide).
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Judaism

The Tikkun Passover Supplement (Spring 2014 Print Version)

The Jewish liberation holiday, Passover, has messages for anyone seeking to heal the world. This supplement expands on the Haggadah (Seder guide).
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Interfaith

The Tao of Torah

More than a decade ago I was invited to join a monthly Torah study group in the San Francisco Bay Area that met at the homes of the group members. All of the members were currently or had once been …
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Judaism

Jacob, Joseph, and His Brothers: A Story of Child Abuse?

Almost no one wants to talk about the abuse of children, so it is understandable that almost no one wants to address Jacob’s abuse of Joseph–yet the text itself supports this reading.
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Rethinking Religion

Secular Buddhism and the Quest for a Lived Ethics

Secular Buddhism offers a path that is encompassing, humanistic, and pragmatic, without being sectarian.
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Rethinking Religion

When Liturgy Goes Wild, Worship Happens

Worship should astonish us. That’s why Judson Memorial Church invited a performance artist to play the part of Jesus on Easter Sunday—in the nude.
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Rethinking Religion

The Late Great Mosque of Córdoba: When Islam and the West Were One

Muslim prayer may be forbidden at Córdoba’s Great Mosque, but the guards there can’t keep visitors from spiritual revelations about Spain’s Muslim past.
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Rethinking Religion

A Cosmic Prayer: Realizing Our Interconnection

There is so much beauty in interconnection! A simple prayer turns a morning walk into an experience of sublime wholeness with the universe around us.
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Rethinking Religion

Light Hidden in the Darkness: Kabbalah and Jungian Psychology

Can evil be the source of good? The Kabbalah asserts as much, and Carl Jung concurs, arguing that “where there is no shadow, there is no light.”
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Judaism

Responses to the Pew Report on American Jewry

Are Jews in existential free-fall? According to the latest Pew Research Center report, 22 percent of Jews have abandoned Judaism and only 15 percent identify Judaism as essential to being Jewish. Rabbi Michael Lerner shares some stirring responses and invites others to join the discussion as well.
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Judaism

Jigsaw Pieces Toward the Puzzle of a Jewish Future

Are Jews in existential free-fall? According to the latest Pew Research Center report, 22 percent of Jews have abandoned Judaism and only 15 percent identify Judaism as essential to being Jewish. Rabbi Arthur Waskow offers an insightful response.
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