Spiritual Wisdom

US Politics

Is the Crisis of Capitalism Terminal?

Editor’s Note: Leonardo Boff is a noted South American liberation theologian. Is the Crisis of Capitalism Terminal? Leonardo Boff* I believe the present crisis of capitalism is more than cyclical and structural. It is terminal. Are we seeing the end …
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Israel/Palestine

A Palestinian Calls For Loving: What Jesus Would Do Facing the Occupation

Sami Awad Executive Director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine WWJD? A Non-Violent Conflict Resolution for Palestine How could a person living under military occupation, experiencing first-hand suffering and humiliation, even think about loving the enemy, let alone urge family, friends …
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Judaism

Torah Commentary: Bamidbar (In the Desert)

Ambiguity and Mystery vs. Clarity & Display – Bamidbar 2011  by Rabbi Zalman Kastel We crave clarity in an ambiguous world. In the early 90′s I struggled to decide on a vocation. Did I want to join the Chabad movement’s …
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Judaism

Torah ideas from Zalman Kastel

Degradation & Grime, Abundance & “Good Breeding” Bechukotai 2 2011 How do we respond when confronted with the impact of degradation on people? Political correctness seems to demand that because people are of a minority we must never speak about …
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Judaism

Kedoshim–the Holiness Code in the Book of Leviticus

Crossposted from Hitzei Yehonatan. “You Shall be Holy, for I the Lord am Holy” A commentary on the first sentence of the Torah portion that might literally be translated as Holies or Holy Ones. A friend of mine and loyal …
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Judaism

A Beautiful Story of a Conversion to Judaism

Please listen to it at http://www.jewintraining.com/ Leigh Marz began a yearlong process of converting to Judaism in 2004. In preparation for Leigh’s conversion ceremony her “Jew coach” (as Leigh calls him) asked her to share a written summary of her experience …
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Food/Hunger

Reclaiming the Sacred in Food and Farming

Farming is fundamentally biological. The essence of agriculture begins with conversion of solar energy through the living process of photosynthesis. The food that sustains our lives comes from other living things. If life is sacred, then food and farming must …
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Judaism

Akiba…a Passover poem by Muriel Rukeyser

One of the great poems of the 20th century — surely the greatest American Jewish poem. It should be read during Passover (it begins with a celebration of the Exodus) and celebrates the Jewish tradition but reaches far beyond it to the whole of Humanity.
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Passover Haggadah Supplement 2011

In this year of uprising in Egypt what does the Passover story have to say to us? What would liberation throughout the world mean? FOR YOUR SEDER, here is a Haggadah supplement — not a replacement. If you don’t normally …
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Judaism

A Spiritual Message of Purim

Purim has a hidden but deep spiritual message.
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Christianity

A European Revival of Liberation Theology

What should Christianity be saying about global capitalism?
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Judaism

The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas — and Their Downsides

Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.
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Spirituality

Try a Spiritual Progressive Approach to Thanksgiving This Year!

No matter how difficult it may be in a world filled with pain and cruelty, there are moments when it is important to stop looking at all the problems and focus on all the good.
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Judaism

The Spirit of Sukkot Contradicts Israel’s Occupation of Palestine

Is it anything more than hypocrisy for Jews to dwell in sukkot this holiday, pretending to make ourselves vulnerable to material insecurity, when in fact we have huge material and military security but instead are imposing insecurity on the Palestinian people?
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Judaism

For Those Approaching High Holidays with a Heavy Heart

Is there a place for the heavy of heart in the Rosh Hashanah experience?
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