Our Covenant with God

Our Covenant with God

Jun 4, 2010 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Shelah Lekha

When Moses confronts the gravest challenge to his and God’s authority since the golden calf, the negative report of the spies sent to scout the Land of Israel, he responds with a lawyerly argument for divine mercy that is taken directly from the one that had staved off the people’s annihilation by God the first time around. The argument takes the form of a question: What will the Egyptians say if God destroys His people?

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On Judaism and Islam

On Judaism and Islam

Sep 9, 2010 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Rosh Hashanah

Jews have prepared for the High Holiday season of repentance and renewal in 2010 with Muslims very much on our minds. 

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Conflicted Relationships

Conflicted Relationships

Nov 25, 2011 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Toledot

At the start of this week’s parashah, and again at its conclusion, we confront the complex, conflicted relationship that binds Isaac’s twin sons to one another and to their father. The middle section of the parashah, by contrast, is concerned with the no less complex and conflicted relationship that binds Isaac and his family to their neighbors.

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A People Dwelling Apart

A People Dwelling Apart

Jun 19, 2013 By Arnold M. Eisen | Commentary | Balak

Balak’s mix of poetry, narrative, and prophecy raises questions about Israel’s status as “a people dwelling apart” that are still with us today—questions that, in my view, make Balak one of the most troubling portions in the entire Torah.

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Taking Judaism Public: From The Maccabees To Adam Sandler

Taking Judaism Public: From The Maccabees To Adam Sandler

Dec 15, 2014 By Shuly Rubin Schwartz | Short Video | Hanukkah

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Hanukkah Amongst The Christmas Trees

Hanukkah Amongst The Christmas Trees

Dec 15, 2014 By Burton L. Visotzky | Short Video | Hanukkah

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How Holidays Of Light Make Hanukkah Brighter

How Holidays Of Light Make Hanukkah Brighter

Dec 15, 2014 By Judith Hauptman | Short Video | Hanukkah

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan: 50 Years of Nostra Aetate

Timothy Cardinal Dolan: 50 Years of Nostra Aetate

May 7, 2015 By The Jewish Theological Seminary | Public Event video

His Eminence Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan celebrates Jewish-Catholic relations on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate.

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