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Let’s Not Get Strange About Christmas, Shall We?

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This post is republished from December 6, 2013. It was very popular then, and should also get some good traction again this year. Enjoy!  When I was a kid, and there were still knights in shining armor,  Maid Marian was kid Marian, Robin hadn’t gotten his hood, and the Sheriff of Nottingham was just learning…

Seven Guidelines for a Survivable Christmas Party

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It’s happening: They’re having a Christmas party at your office, and you are Jewish, and you prefer Santa to Jesus this time of year. You are intermarried and you are Jewish and you have to make an appearance at your inlaws’ home or the home of others in the family, and it’s all so Christmas-y…

Avraham’s Laugh and Ours

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In Hebrew he is known as Avram, and later Avraham. In English, he’s Abram, and later Abraham. And in the Bible we see him as an old man laughing. Here is why: 15 God said to Avraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are not to call her Sarai [mockery]; her name is to be Sarah…

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Shopping for a Jesus

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The stores will be all Christmasy after Thanksgiving, and of course, the day after, Black Friday, is THE big shopping day of the year. So this is a good time to shop for a Jesus. Lots of people do this, you know. Let me describe for you six Jesus’s you may want to buy, and…

Charles Manson and the Rest of Us

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Charles Manson in dead.  Manson the murderous mesmerizing monster. He was the perfect apocalyptic Boogie Man for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. A guitar playing, sexed up, magnetic guru with scary eyes who ordered the members of his ragtag commune to kill seven people in two locations on as many nights, including actress…

The Bible and the Current “Me Too” Feeding Frenzy

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All of us are troubled by the daily reports of men being outed for having been inappropriate with women. And we should be disturbed. Whenever women are demeaned, mistreated, or abused, we should all be disturbed and supportive of those who have been victimized. Currently, the term “victimization” covers a wide range of behaviors. Some…

Being a Spiritual Entrepreneur: Holy Risk-Taking

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Ruach Risk-Taking is a term developed by Rabbi Rich Nichol. His congregation is called Ruach Israel (Spirit of Israel), so I guess that’s where the term comes from. But today I will use the term “Ruach” and apply this to our relationship with the Divine Presence. I thought we might explore together  how to exercise…