Monthly Archives: March 2014

Torah Tuesdays: Covenant Faithfulness – God’s, Ours, and. . . . Yours?

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We continue today with our series of Torah Tuesdays including Lessons for Living by Moses our Mentor. This week we continue our investigation of Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18. Our considerations today are especially geared to Jewish people of whatever stripe, but others of you are likely to find this interesting as well. We will be…

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and the Sharansky Test

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What follows is a slightly edited and expanded reprise of a blog post I did about ten years ago. Unfortunately, it is even more timely now than it was then. I had been invited to address a group of Presbyterian seminarians in various stages of immersion in the clerical world of the PC(USA). I was…

Amy-Jill Levine’s Guided Tour: From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church (Part Two of Two)

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We continue here our serialized review of Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. Dr. Levine is an Orthodox Jew who teaches New Testament Theology at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. We here continue our examination of her second chapter,  “From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church.” In this section of the…

Torah Tuesdays: Ten Words, One Priority

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The Ten Commandments are not called that in Scripture. Rather they are called “The Ten Words,” and they are the core of the Covenant Code, the compact Hashem made with our people at Sinai. The Ten Words are useful in so many ways. Even though they are of course primarily designed to be the basic…

Amy-Jill Levine’s Guided Tour: From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church (Part One of Two)

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Today we continue our serialized review of Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. Dr. Levine is an Orthodox Jew who teaches New Testament Theology at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Today’s we begin examining her second chapter,  “From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church,” and we will continue that examination next…

Amy-Jill Levine, Jesus and Judaism

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Here I continue a serialized review of Amy-Jill Levine’s The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. Dr. Levine is an Orthodox Jew who teaches New Testament Theology at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. What follows are some key ideas from her first chapter, and my reflections.  Judaism and Christianity both see…

Torah Tuesdays: Lessons for Living – How People Develop Faith Allegiances

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This is another of our Lessons for Living from Moses our Mentor, which we feature every week on what we have come to call Torah Tuesdays. You may expect such lessons each week at this time as we examine the life and teachings of Moshe Rabbenu, Moses our Teacher. This week’s lesson is from Parshat Yitro, which covers Shemot/Exodus, chapters eighteen…

What if? Exploring New Possibilities for Interfaith Relationships

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Here at Interfaithfulness we have a unique niche, outlined in our name. By taking that name apart, you can get a rough but accurate outline of who we are. Our name breaks down into three components: Interfaith – We explore the synergy between Judaism and Christianity Faithful –  We promote faithfulness to the God of…

Torah Tuesdays: Lessons for Living with Crisis and With the Passage of Time

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This is part of our series on Lessons for Living from Moses our Mentor. Today we we will be looking at the first half of  Parshat Beshalach, [Exodus 13:17-17:16]. This section of Exodus teaches us about faith  and about time. As with our other lessons in this series, there is something here for everyone. Find…