As we read John 5 today, we are confronted with how the quest for holiness and doing things "right" can go terribly wrong. In Judaism, we are taught that it is permissible to break a commandment to save a life. A doctor can work on the Shabbat to heal someone who is dying, because saving … Continue reading John 5 – When holiness goes wrong
It’s time. I have been called out. I have been signaled. I have been awakened. It all started that first trip out of my homeland in May 2010. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry from UWF took a group of college kids out of their comfy, climate-controlled cubicles and plopped them into the sticky, buggy jungle of … Continue reading I Have Been Awakened by Catherine Currier
There are certain spiritual truths, verses, concepts that stick with you - things that have seeped down into the deep recesses of your heart. They become the foundation of your faith in G-d, the unshakeable knowledge that sees you through when the waters of life get rough. For me, it is the knowledge that G-d … Continue reading We are the Ravens
Have you heard the term "hiddur mitzvah"? It means Beautify or Enhance the Mitzvah - we should go above and beyond as we seek to fulfill a commandment of G-d. That is why we have such gorgeous objects in our synagogues and homes that we use to fulfill G-d's commandments surrounding our observance. The sages' … Continue reading Hiddur Mitzvah
Many modern day purim spiels present the story of Esther as an ancient Persian version of the TV show “The Bachelor” where scores of women compete to win a marriage proposal from an eligible, handsome, young bachelor – going on scads of fancy dates and romantic excursions while he presents roses to the contests as … Continue reading Winner of the Persian Bachelor?
Last week, a friend posted the link to an interview with Rachel Denhollander, the first to come forward with her story of abuse by Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor convicted of seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct who was sentenced just recently. Her interview sheds light on a problem that plagues the … Continue reading The Least of These