Tag Archive for ‘judaism’

What’s the Story with Passover?

Spring term teaching is over at Vancouver School of Theology — just in time for Passover! I’ll miss the class I just finished teaching, Sacred Texts and Oral Traditions — a speedy introduction to sacred narrative in four traditions: Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Indigenous Canadian, with an emphasis on the role of oral story, performance, and creativity in all four traditions. But I’ll keep it with me, as I prepare for Passover. At one class meeting, […]

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Judaism on One Foot

Mission Impossible. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to present a  15-minute “introduction to Judaism, including its rituals, festivals, holy days, family and community life, and central beliefs and scripture, and to incorporate an answer to ‘What is your religion’s position and approach to inter-religious dialogue and in promoting peace, justice and reconciliation?’” Would you accept? I did — and here is what I said. My favourite […]

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Hope: Spring’s Multifaith Gift

Passover, Easter, Spring: seasons of hope for Jews, Christians, and everyone in our planet’s northern hemisphere. This might be just the right week to share some reflections on hope. Recently, four local faith leaders visited the Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre at the Vancouver School of Theology to discuss the topic of hope. Each was asked: What spiritual resources does your tradition offer to cultivate hope in troubled times? Here are excerpts from their answers. […]

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Hiding Behind the Veil

After God passes the Divine goodness by Moses, Moses dons a veil. From that day on, he unveils his face only when talking with God. (Exodus 24:3-35). So Parshat Ki Tissa, read in synagogues last week, teaches. Why does Moses wear the veil? Maybe his thoughts and feelings are written all over his face. And, at this point in his career, caught between divine radiance and human frailty, he just does not […]

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