"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

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How Could God Have Allowed the Holocaust?

October 14, 2012

by Rabbi Alan Lurie Author, ‘Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected, Purpose, Peace and Fulfillment at Work’  All Rabbis hear variations on the following questions: “How can anyone believe in God after the Holocaust? How can a supposedly loving God stand back and let such a horrible thing happen? How can you reconcile the death of […]

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Inclination, Good and Evil …

July 13, 2011

There is a biblical basis to the idea of the existence in man’s nature of an instinctive tendency or impulse (yeẓer as in Ps. 103:14 from yaẓar, i.e., to “form” or “create” as in Gen. 2:8), which, left to itself, would lead to his undoing by prompting him to act in a manner contrary to […]

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Does Judaism Believe in Satan?

June 1, 2011

(This article should be read after my article Why Did G-d Create the World?) The Christians don’t understand how an angel of G-d can try to seduce people to disobey G-d, so they came to the unsupported conclusion that Satan must have rebelled against G-d. This is completely contrary to everything Judaism believes. We reject […]

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Q & A – Does Judaism Believe in Original Sin? What Does the Bible Really Say?

May 27, 2011

Dear Rabbi Singer,  Does the Jewish faith have a teaching comparable to that of “original sin” in the Christian tradition?  By this I mean the teaching that all human beings are born with an innate tendency to disobey God.  In my particular Christian tradition, water baptism is required for the removal of this sin.  Would […]

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The Truth for all Righteous Gentiles – God’s Plan

May 14, 2011

Said Rabbi Akiva: “It is with love that G-d made human beings in His image, but it was with a special love that ‘He let them know that He made them in His image” – Pirkei Avot 3:18 G-d’s revelation of His Holy Torah to the Jewish nation at Sinai is a historical fact which has had […]

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