Category archives for Judaism

The Dawkins “No G-d” Arguments


The truth is that one cannot prove G-d’s existence by argument because G-d is beyond logic and understanding. A single bacterium that lives on our skin has a better chance of understanding its human host than we have of understanding our Creator. However, the atheist should not find any problem with the unknowable aspect of […]

The Idea of Respect: Torah vs. Science


The atheists tell us that respect for belief in G-d is undeserved because such beliefs are not the result of scientific endeavor. Dawkins, the self proclaimed spokesman for atheism, claims that theologians can no more theorize about G-d than a “fairiologist can measure the dimension of fairy wings”. However, the idea of being careful not […]

The Religion Distinction; G-d is not a religion


One of the leading arguments against the existence of G-d from the scientific community is that there is no such thing as the “supernatural”. However, since the greatest scientists of our times have openly admitted that there are many aspects to our world and universe that are beyond human understanding, they are referring to something […]

Independently Dependent


We need to begin to realize that in reality we are independently dependent on G-d for everything; even every breath we take. We all walk around in a sea of air. The weight of that column of air that is above us at all times is bearing down on us; this is atmospheric pressure. It […]

Is it Possible to Know G-d?


The fact is that the Almighty introduced himself about 3500 years ago to 3 million people at a place called Mount Sinai by saying, “I am the Lord your G-d who took you out of Egypt.” He then issued ten utterances written in tablets made of sapphire, which is what most of us know today […]

The Relationship


In any case, we do know how G-d deals with us because there is a record of his interactions with various people in history. Our relationship with Him falls into two categories: that of a father and his children; and that of a king and his subjects. The former centers on the needs and wants […]

The Essence


Religion has nothing to do with the Existence of G-d; and G-d has nothing to do with the Existence of Religion To begin with, since the human mind cannot grasp even a rudimentary understanding of the Divine, the G-d concept cannot be anything but metaphoric. Thus, when we say the “Hand of G-d” for example, […]

Jewish Belief


It’s impossible to believe in nothing because then nothing is to be believed How many people have declared, “I believe in G-d but I don’t believe in organized religion”? The actual number or percentage is unknown, but such individuals who reject religious dogma are hanging on to a fundamental belief in the Supreme Being, Master […]

Oh G-d vs. No G-d


In truth, it is impossible to prove or disprove G-d’s being because we are finite creatures operating within the confines of space and time trying to comprehend the infinite. It’s like trying to answer questions like, “How long is forever?” On the other hand, there are so many unanswered queries surrounding the mysteries of life […]

The True Mitzvah is the Yearning


The Parsha name “Achrei Mos” meaning “after the death” pertains to the deaths of Nadab and Avihu, the two sons of Aaron who simultaneously made the fatal mistake of bringing their incense offerings behind the curtain into the Holy of Holies uninvited and at the wrong time. However, as the Lubavitcher Rebbe points out in […]

The Mormon Anti-Semitic Snare and a Jewish Response


I stumbled on this blog called “Marlena’s Excellent Judaica” which is a vicious attack upon all Jews everywhere. The blog description reads, “This blog is companion to Marlena’s Musings. Its main thrust: To explain and celebrate the great similarities between Mormons and Jews study how righteousness triumphs over adversity. Find here stories of courage and […]

What Will People Think?


The simple concept of “What will people think?” when we get ourselves ready to go out in public has far reaching consequences. The images we project have profound unseen impact. Those who put individuality ahead of concern for maintaining a good name and reputation are in for a rude awakening. Find out why.

The Shadow’s Duality


Would you like to know whether you have a certain look you want to project? Check out your shadow. Like everything else, the shadow has two opposing functions. One, to protect us from the heat of the sun; and two, to provide an area of darkness to conceal one’s shameful activities. When we use it for protection we call it shade. When we use it for concealment we call it “shadow.” However, to be sure, when the sun is directly above us there is no shadow and everything is exposed. Likewise, there are no secrets in this world and no private thoughts because the Infinite Light of G-d is always directly above us with no shadows to conceal the dark forces.

The Jewish Connection: Torah, Mitzvahs, Matzos and Passover (Pesach)


So this is what the home stretch looks like a few days before Passover. To be honest, I never paid as much attention to it before; meaning that it has never had the same feel, like time is running out and I gotta do something spectacular to make this the most fantastic year ever. There’s […]

New Age Buzz-words in Health, Healing and Wellness: What do they mean to you?


Of all the popular “new age” search terms in the health and healing category, my personal favorite is holistic healing. This term, it seems, embodies all of the others, like spiritual healing, soul healing, healing meditation, chakra, energy healing, spiritual journey and metaphysics. Some of these terms are specific methodologies like Chakra and guided meditation, while others are just general expressions of adopting a way of thinking beyond the realm of materialism.

Growing Old with all the Time in the World


Jacob, the father of all twelve Jewish tribes, lived his last 17 years beginning at age 130 looking forward to a new life in a new place, having been reunited with his long-lost son, Joseph. He had no thought of being too old, or kicking back in retirement. There was much work to do to […]

The Essence of Change and the Nature of Time


Most often the things we never see are in front of us all the time. We all have a part of ourselves that is always there within us and always escaping our attention. This part of who we are, always hidden in plain sight is the ability to foresee future changes in our mind-bodies as unintended consequences of our behaviors. Therefore, the solutions to your existing or potential health problems are so close to you that all you need to do is to become aware of them.

The Miracle Cures: Harness your Healing Power


There are many individuals and institutions offering “spiritual healing”. Learn how to avoid the scams by learning about the healing power within yourself. Others can guide you, but your free will to make decisions by answering the universal question, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” places the power of healing and wellness in your hands, depending on G-d to help you. It’s simply a matter of becoming a proper vessel.

How to Remove Anger from your Daily Life


Another driver makes an inappropriate hand gesture on the road. A parent screams at a child. A customer verbally abuses the cashier at the supermarket. A teacher yells at his or her student. These are all expressions of anger when we lose control. Once I saw a fellow explode at another Jew for asking him […]

Shemini—the Eighth Day


The Parsha Shemini is about the completion of the inauguration of the Tabernacle. The number seven represents all things occurring within the natural construct of this finite world, while the number eight represents all things beyond nature, or infinity. According to Rashi, the eighth day was the day of re-establishing the eternal connection with the Almighty that we had lost when we stumbled and fumbled with the golden calf. Here at the beginning of this portion, we are witness to the momentous occasion of our reconciliation with our Creator, who is beyond all things natural and supernatural. Once Aaron had achieved atonement with the final offerings of the eighth day, the Shechina descended into full view and all of the people fell on their faces. G-d resumed His place among His people. Thus the Torah reminds us that we are a Holy people whose very existence as a nation is beyond nature. Therefore, the prime minister would do well to remember that G-d is the Guardian of Israel and that destroying Jewish homes gives the impression to our enemies that the Israeli government has abandoned the Jewish people who remained in Samaria leaving them at the mercy of the Arab cutthroats. The only way to prevent more killing is for the Israeli politicians to back up the Jewish heroes who are establishing their homes on Jewish land in the face of Arab hatred and, worse yet, Israeli government apathy.

You are in the Twilight Zone


Rod Serling, the writer, director and producer of the popular weekly show called “The Twilight Zone” would appear on camera as the narrator and would say that we all live in a world of imagination and can easily take a wrong turn and step off into the “Twilight Zone.” Little did we know then that Mr. Serling was describing the future post 9/11 world of political correctness. Thus, if he were alive today his narrative would read something like this:
Your are in the Twilight Zone. This is the world of fantasy where terrorists are called “militants” and the war against terror is not a war against the fundamentals of Islam, but a war against a small minority of one hundred million fanatics who “hijacked a peaceful religion”. This is the world of bizarre twists and convoluted turns where murderers and thieves are rewarded with the property of their intended victims and the “road map to peace” requires total surrender to homicidal lunatics.
This is the world beyond reality where atheists pray to themselves in the “Church of Non Belief”. This is the world of imagination in which the officiators of marriages declare, “I now pronounce you husband and husband.” This is the world of denial where threats of genocide are met with open borders and entitlements for all who chose to enter that “unseen” place in the realm of human reflection where right is wrong and left is right.

Conversation with the Enemy


An Arab from Gaza and a self-confessed member of Hamas once asked me, “How can we have peace?” I though it was a strange question coming from a terrorist. When I asked him if he was ready to recognize Israel’s right to exist, he answered, “There is no such country as ‘Israel’; there is only Palestine, my country.” That’s why negotiating peace with Hamas or any other Arab faction is a fool’s errand. In this man’s mind, Israel’s right to exist is not an issue because there is no Israel; there is just a large, well-armed group of space-occupying Jewish squatters, who deserve death. Furthermore, every U.S. president keeps saying the same mantra, “They [Palestinian Authority] must recognize Israel’s right to exist.” Correction; they must first recognize that Israel exists. Actually, somebody forgot to tell all of the politicians that we Jews don’t need their permission to exist as a nation; G-d gave that to us at Mount Sinai.

Purim and the Costume Custom


I looked forward to Purim with great anticipation and some trepidation. The trepidation arises because it isn’t just about eating, drinking, dancing and making merry. It’s about doing Mitzvahs first and getting them done within a brief span of time, which becomes ever so stressful as the deadline draws near. It’s about taking care of […]

Tzav: Now and Forever


In Parsha Tzav, we can understand that when we face difficult times, it’s not a punishment; it’s G-d helping us to achieve that cleansing that removes the impurities from our souls. Why does G-d consider the sin offering as being the “Holy of Holies?” Because when we Jews repent with a broken heart and ask HaShem to help us to live a life of righteousness, we fulfill the purpose of creation.