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What Jewish Law Says About Crumbling Indian Point Nuclear Plant

March 11, 2016 in Forward

The Everything, The Nothing, and Justice

March 01, 2016 in Tikkun

How ‘Star Wars’ Became America’s Talmud [SPOILER ALERT!]

December 23, 2015 in Forward

Shavuot, a Holiday To Celebrate Complexity and Nuance

May 20, 2015 in Forward

How Hasidism Bridges Boundary Between Christianity and Judaism

February 04, 2015 in Forward

Why Megachurch Concept of Sin Is So Dangerous

February 01, 2015 in Forward

How Ruth Calderon Transforms Israeli Politics — and Talmud

September 12, 2014 in Forward

Jewish Emphasis on Life Makes Death Rituals a Gift to World

August 26, 2014 in Forward

Why Jews Should Care About Ferguson

August 19, 2014 in Forward

Getting Serious About the Mystery

August 13, 2014 in Forward

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Captures the Spirit of the Time

July 24, 2014 in Forward

Reb Zalman, the Prophet of Both-And

July 03, 2014 in Forward

How We Know the Bible Was Written by Human Hands

June 22, 2014 in Forward

Embracing the Irrationality of Circumcision and Kashrut

May 12, 2014 in Forward

Zen and the Art of the BuJu

November 08, 2013 in Forward

Kabbalah and Queer Theology: Resources & Reservations

September 09, 2013 in Theology & Sexuality Journal

Get Ready for Jewish iSpirituality

February 06, 2013 in Forward

In Praise of New Age Judaism

November 20, 2012 in Forward

Genesis 23:1-25:18: The Life Of Sarah?

November 06, 2012 in Huffington Post

The Gospel According to Feuding Academics

September 05, 2012 in Forward

Man in Search of God

May 08, 2012 in Forward

Dan Savage Was Wrong, And So Was Amanda Marcotte At Slate

May 03, 2012 in Daily Beast

You Can’t Pray the Gay Away

February 24, 2012 in Forward

Revealing the Jewish roots of the Christian Bible

February 13, 2012 in Jewish Publications (other)

Jewish Roots of the New Testament

February 12, 2012 in Forward

The Gift of the Gay Rights Debate

November 14, 2011 in Tikkun

God, gay dichotomy must end

November 11, 2011 in Times Union

Queer Repentance: On Not Surrendering to a Text, to Guilt, or to Habit

October 05, 2011 in Religion Dispatches

Getting Over the Judging God — A Yom Kippur Reflection

October 04, 2011 in Huffington Post

“Belief in God” is not a Jewish Value

September 30, 2011 in Moment

Perils of the Day of Judgment

September 07, 2011 in Hadassah

A Modest Proposal on Circumcision

June 27, 2011 in Forward

The Mississippi Floods: Punishment From an Angry God?

May 18, 2011 in Forward

After Passover, The Exodus To True Spiritual Freedom Continues

April 25, 2011 in Huffington Post

Why is your Haggadah Different from Others?

April 05, 2011 in Forward

Gay and Orthodox: And Cleaving Strongly to Both

February 08, 2011 in Forward

Hasidism and “Nature”: Negation and Affirmation

January 17, 2011 in Zeek

The Problem of Spiritual Experience: Is Mysticism in the Mind of the Beholder?

January 14, 2011 in Forward

Don’t Trust Your Gut

December 03, 2010 in Forward

Rethinking Egalitarianism

October 27, 2010 in Forward

Defining God Upward

October 01, 2010 in Hadassah

Political Consequences of a Judging God: A Yom Kippur Reflection

September 17, 2010 in Religion Dispatches

The Hebrew Goddess: Complexity, Unity, Gender, and Society

September 09, 2010 in Zeek

More than Words: How to Make Yom Kippur Help, not Hinder, the Work of Repentance

September 07, 2010 in Forward

Are Corporations Evil?

July 28, 2010 in Forward

The Smile on the Dog: A Conversation on God with Rebecca Goldstein

July 23, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

Perplexed by the Guides? When It Comes to Kabbalah, Some Introductions Are More Illuminating Than Others

July 21, 2010 in Forward

Does the Bible Really Call Homosexuality an “Abomination”?

July 01, 2010 in Religion Dispatches

Jewish LGBT leaders need to build a movement

June 29, 2010 in CNN

Chanukah in June

June 27, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

A Better Way to Believe in God

June 17, 2010 in Huffington Post

Religion within the Bounds of Reason..and Love

June 02, 2010 in Forward

Nonduality in Buddhism and Judaism

May 03, 2010 in Reality Sandwich

An Introduction to Kabbalah, Part 10: The Kabbalah of Inspiration

April 02, 2010 in Huffington Post

Why Is This Night Different? Who’s Asking?

March 17, 2010 in Forward

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 9: Can You Ever Have Too Much Love?

March 04, 2010 in Huffington Post

Un-Righteous Indignation: Anger Management–Kosher Style

February 21, 2010 in Forward

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 8: What are the Sefirot?

February 03, 2010 in Huffington Post

An Introduction to Kabbalah Part 7: Use Your Illusion

January 28, 2010 in Huffington Post

Not a Guide, but an Example: Paradoxes of Spiritual Writing (JBooks)

January 01, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Myth of Authenticity

December 23, 2009 in Forward

How A Nice Jewish Boy Learned To Like Christmas … Because Of Paganism

December 21, 2009 in Huffington Post

‘Religion Is Actually Spirituality’: An Exchange

December 17, 2009 in Forward


December 11, 2009 in Zeek

Vedanta and Kabbalah: Nonduality East and West

December 08, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

An Introduction To Kabbalah, Part 4: Kabbalah As A Spiritual Practice

November 06, 2009 in Huffington Post

Prayer and Nonduality

November 01, 2009 in Tikkun

Beyond Oneness

November 01, 2009 in Zeek

On Fire with Love and Ecstasy

November 01, 2009 in Moment

An Introduction To Kabbalah, Part 3: Three Answers To The Ultimate Question

October 29, 2009 in Huffington Post

Religion is Actually Spirituality

October 28, 2009 in Forward

An Introduction to Kabbalah, Part 2: God Does Not Exist, God is Existence Itself

October 22, 2009 in Huffington Post

An Introduction To Kabbalah, Part 1: What Is Kabbalah?

October 15, 2009 in Huffington Post

Transformation of Consciousness as Messianic Age: A Nondual, non-triumphalist view

October 01, 2009 in Tikkun

Gedaliah in the Eye of the Beholder

September 01, 2009 in Hadassah

Allowing the Yetzer Tov to Win

July 10, 2009 in Forward

Monotheism and the Spirits of Nature

July 02, 2009 in Zeek

G-dcast: Parshat Shelach Lecha

June 17, 2009 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Religious Significance of Homosexuality: Queering God, Torah, and Israel

June 01, 2009 in Anthologies

Do Jews Have a Jesus Problem?

April 29, 2009 in Forward

The Attraction of Irrelevance: Tazria/Metzora

April 20, 2009 in Forward

Shifting from Myth to Function

April 15, 2009 in Forward

Freedom from the Slavery of Passover Seders

April 11, 2009 in Forward

Liberation from Passover

April 10, 2009 in Torah Queeries

Sun Rises on Ancient Ritual

April 07, 2009 in Mother Nature Network

An Ancient Basis for Tomorrow’s Financial Regulations: Rethinking Usury Law

March 28, 2009 in Huffington Post

Transformation of Consciousness as Messianic Age: A Kabbalistic View

March 20, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

It’s a Purim World Out There

March 13, 2009 in Forward

A Jewish Perspective on the Jhanas, part 2

February 05, 2009 in Zeek

A Jewish Perspective on the Jhanas, part 1

January 29, 2009 in Zeek

Coming Out: It’s the Jewish Thing to Do At Hanukkah

December 11, 2008 in Forward

Why Ramakrishna Matters

November 28, 2008 in Zeek

Spirituality as Satanism

November 24, 2008 in Zeek

Answers in the Seekers’ Language

September 19, 2008 in Forward

God of Judgment, God of Love

September 12, 2008 in Forward

What is the Connection between Monogamy and Monotheism

September 05, 2008 in Maariv

God and Pain

August 04, 2008 in Maariv

In Defense of the Western Wall

July 17, 2008 in Forward

Monogamy and Monotheism

June 30, 2008 in Zeek

Getting Serious About Love

April 17, 2008 in Forward

Kabbalah is Over, But It Wasn’t Daphne Merkin Who Killed It

April 15, 2008 in Jewcy

Sick Enough for Religion

April 01, 2008 in Zeek

Chilluf Chomrim (Hebrew)

March 18, 2008 in Maariv

The Path Of the Just: Is Mussar the ‘New Kabbalah’?

February 28, 2008 in Forward

Polytheism and Nonduality

February 01, 2008 in Zeek

People Of the Chapbook: Jewish Poets as Jewish Teachers

January 23, 2008 in Forward

Ayahuasca and Kabbalah

January 15, 2008 in Reality Sandwich

New Psychedelics Are Transforming the Future of Spirituality

January 07, 2008 in Jewcy

A Balancing Meditation: Hesed, Gevurah, Tiferet (BeliefNet)

January 01, 2008 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Witch of Endor

November 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Sometimes God Just Wants to Dance

October 05, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Yom Kippur: A Personal Journey

September 12, 2007 in Forward

How Not To Believe in God

September 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Anan Ben-David

September 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Who’s Your Daddy?: The Bible’s Many Vocies on Homosexuality (Review of Jennings, Jacob’s Wound)

July 18, 2007 in Forward

Free Will: The Last Gasp of the Unenlightened Mind

July 01, 2007 in Zeek

Joseph Rabinovitch

July 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

The People’s Bible

June 19, 2007 in Forward

Fasting from a Functional Perspective

June 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Why I Study Sabbateanism

June 01, 2007 in Zeek

Shrine of False Messiah in Turkey May Be Razed

May 18, 2007 in Forward

Baruch Spinoza

May 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Getting Serious About a Religion of Love

April 01, 2007 in Zeek

Take Back the (Seder) Night

March 30, 2007 in Forward

Conservative Judaism: Good for the Gays?

March 01, 2007 in Tikkun

Keep Your Godwrestling, Thanks: The Use and Limits of Jewish Theology

March 01, 2007 in Zeek

Jacob Frank

March 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Into Life: On Parshat Va’era

January 20, 2007 in Torah Queeries

YHVH Means What Is: Integrating Judaism and Buddhism, and Why I Bother

January 01, 2007 in Literary Journals

Sabbetai Tzvi

January 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Renewing Ecstatic Spirituality to the Beat of a Drum

December 29, 2006 in Forward

Gay History in the Making, I Guess

December 07, 2006 in Jewish Publications (other)

The Hidden and the Manifest: A conversation with Rabbi Jill Hammer about Judaism and the senses

November 24, 2006 in Forward

Kashrut and Nonduality

November 01, 2006 in Zeek

Demons, Dybbuks, Ghosts, & Golems: The sinister power of life-force gone awry

October 30, 2006 in Jewish Publications (other)

Dylan’s Religious Revival: Modern Times and the Timeless

October 06, 2006 in Forward

Yom Kippur and Nonduality

October 01, 2006 in Zeek

Interview, A Conversation With the Bad Boy Rabbi (Niles Goldstein)

September 29, 2006 in Forward

A Less Innocent Love: On Parshat Va’etchanan

August 01, 2006 in Torah Queeries

My Journey to Flexidoxy, or, At Home on the Slippery Slope

July 01, 2006 in Zeek

Exploring the New Jewish Spiritualities

May 12, 2006 in Forward

The Jewish Goddess: Past and Present

May 05, 2006 in Forward

It’s the Purity, Stupid: Reading Leviticus in Context- Why “God hates fags” just like God hates shrimp

April 28, 2006 in Torah Queeries

The Freedom of Being

April 01, 2006 in Zeek

Rabbi Was a Master of Practical Kabbalah- On Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri z”l

February 03, 2006 in Forward

Israel’s ‘Mystical City’ Opens Its Doors to Outsiders

January 20, 2006 in Forward

Jewish Paganism: Oxymoron or Innovation?

December 09, 2005 in Forward

Hitler and God: The Perils of Pantheism

December 01, 2005 in Zeek

It’s the Deity, Stupid: Learning from the Kabbalah Center

October 11, 2005 in Jerusalem Post

Kabbalah: The Whistle Stop Tour (JBooks)

October 01, 2005 in Jewish Publications (other)

Standing Again With Lilith; The Long and Winding Roads of Jewish Feminism

July 22, 2005 in Forward

Judaism, Meditation, and the B-Word

June 10, 2005 in Forward

An Awakened Soul- The Lives and Lessons of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalom

May 13, 2005 in Forward

Hedgehogs, foxes, and dilettantes

April 01, 2005 in Zeek

Mysticism and Mortgages: New Books Blend Kabbalah, Psychotherapy and Self-Help

October 22, 2004 in Forward

Mystery Sells: What the Kabbalah Centre Actually Teaches

September 03, 2004 in Forward

How can you be gay and Jewish?

September 01, 2004 in Zeek

Two new books join the effort to create a “neo-Hasidic bookshelf.”

July 16, 2004 in Forward

Hasidism and Homoeroticism

July 01, 2004 in Zeek

How I Finally Learned to Accept Christ in My Heart

June 01, 2004 in Zeek

Revealing Ourselves Through Our Masks

March 05, 2004 in Forward

A Festival of Rebellion Reminds Us What Matters Most

December 19, 2003 in Forward