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Sunday, 29 January 2012 00:56

what are you yoked to?

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-yokeAs the 2012 presidential race heats up, I’m struck—and troubled—by how invested in one candidate or party many believers seem to be. It’s good to be involved in the political process, but the passion with which some believers demonize the opposition and line up with one party line or another suggests that they really believe the political system holds the key to life’s toughest problems. They’ve forgotten that all this represents a kingdom that we’re not really part of.

Saturday, 29 October 2011 22:13

listening takes humility

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-listenOne of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Yeshua answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel . . .’” (Mark 12:28-29a)

For this cycle of middot, I plan to base all my comments on the Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Let’s see how this works out with humility.

Saturday, 29 October 2011 22:05

washing feet

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-footwashingMore than any other extremity on the human body feet get hit the hardest. Feet hold up a significant portion of our body’s weight, they sustain the greatest impact for the longest time, and without protection and regular showers they get rough and smelly. If you add on top of this the fact that modern hygiene and footwear were not always in the picture and we discover an entire world of feet far rougher than what we’ve experienced in the Western world for some time. This is precisely where we see one of Yeshua’s greatest acts of humility.

Thursday, 04 November 2010 14:14

sober judgment of self

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-giftsHumility and timidity are not the same. Thankfully, it is more-or-less common knowledge now that humility is not about thinking poorly of oneself. Humility is often described in terms of awareness of one’s short-comings, and willingness to learn and grow from the influence and wisdom of others. In terms of a life worthy of the Kingdom, Rav Shaul gives an astonishing exhortation on humility in his letter to the Romans:

Wednesday, 20 October 2010 13:06

overturning the hierarchy

Written by Rabbi Russ

art-pyramidMan’s self-adoration is the strongest love that God implanted within [him]. -- R. Mendel

When I was still in high school, I started smoking a pipe. It was messy and inconvenient, especially since I had to hide all the paraphernalia from my mother and her keen sense of smell. But pipe smoking seemed really cool compared to the bland habits of the bourgeoisie, and a number of my friends took it up.

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