It Gets Better


  Click here and take the pledge and help spread our message of hope. It Gets Better. THE PLEDGE: Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll […]

What’s the Point of Religion? (or, The Journey Inside/Outside)


Every culture has a story about a journey. The hero, who we identify with, leaves home and goes on a journey through mythic lands, encountering amazing people and objects along the way, and in the end, after making some kind of accomplishment (slaying the dragon, taking land, marrying the beautiful woman), the hero not only […]

Yom Kippur Fasting


All anyone ever wants to talk about on Yom Kippur is fasting. Teshuva is iffy. Going without something to eat? That’s a whole other story! So here’s the best that the net has to offer on the subject…at least, that’s what I think. Why Jews Fast – Yom Kippur is about fasting. Or is […]

Death, Sex, Experience and Loyalty: The Biblical Understanding of Knowledge


There is an entire school of philosophy on knowledge called epistemology. While most of us go through our lives without thinking about the nature of knowledge (at least I do), there are geniuses around the world who spend their days trying to answer the question of what knowledge is, where it comes from, and if […]

The Bible Is Really Boring


The Bible is filled with tiny, mundane details that are boring at best and that frankly don’t apply to our lives today. Why would someone read the Bible when most of it is about people “begatting” each other and about a bunch of animal sacrifices? Fair enough. Well, details, details, details. It turns out details […]

God is Like a Ride Sharing App (How God Challenges the Past)


In his book The God of Old, author James Kugel makes a surprising observation about how the ancient Israelites saw God in their lives. God, it turns out, was something like an obvious, tangible presence. God wasn’t an abstract concept that one had theological debates over. God just was. And sometimes this God was in […]