Tag Archive for ‘Passover’

Crossing the Interfaith River

Each wisdom tradition, says Hassidic teacher Reb Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), vibrates at a unique frequency. Each tradition is a unique slice of the infinite eternal vibration of Eyn Sof, divine infinity. Were our ears spiritually attuned, we would hear a cosmic symphony of paths to God. If only our ears were so attuned! Most of us get so used to our own melody that others just seem wrong. So […]

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Love, Sex, and Assault in Song of Songs

Two weeks ago, on the Rabbis Without Borders blog, my colleague Ruth Abusch-Magder said, “Let’s talk about sex!” And now, just before Passover, let’s talk about it some more. Let’s talk about what is beautiful in sex – and also what is harmful. Let’s talk about love, and let’s talk about assault. Passover is the perfect time – because it’s a Passover tradition to read Shir HaShirim, The Song of […]

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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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