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Essays on Judaism

...and thoughts on Torah life

Boruch Clinton


Torah and Society

Subjectivity and Truth
Must the search for truth include God or is religion nothing but convenient emotional therapy?

Fixing What Ain't Broke
Jewish sin...and Jewish Atonement

Talmud and Modern Morality
Were the rabbis even interested?

Living Without Shame
Eating disorders through the lens of eternal reward

Torah and Slavery
How can they co-exist?

Olomeinu Magazine's Shady Deal
A respected children's magazine drops the ball on Torah values

History

Playing With the Book
Assessing challenges to the Torah's accuracy

Is the Oral Torah Authoritative?
A second look at the outdated challenge from Academia

Cruelty and the God of the Old Testament
Understanding the Jewish God

Authorship
Bible Criticism Made Simple

Velikovsky
Biblical History, Leprosy and Science

Alphabet Goop
Archeology and the politics of ancient writing

Utopian Visions
Would the world be a better place without Judaism?

Faith

Bad Timing - when prayer and life don't get along

Did God Create Evil?

Jewish Prayer
From outside In

Finding Faith
a short and incomplete course for the Jewish searcher

Crossroads
A brief guide for the (spiritually) upwardly-mobile Jew

Observing Shabbos
What's in it for the Universe

Preaching to the Choir
how to create and enhance real faith in the already-religious heart

The Big Questions
Divine justice through the eyes of the Torah

The Health Mitzvah
Balancing health concerns with Torah life

A Just God and His Good World
A Torah-based treatment of some of the basic questions of faith

Living With Pain
Strategies for dealing with crises and emotional suffering

Adopting a Mitzvah
Focus and Grow

Woman and Torah

Gender Assumptions and Torah
Is there a place for women in the Jewish world

Women and the Synagogue
Different on principle

Looking In
Responding to an "outsider's" objective and intelligent perceptions of Orthodox Jewish life.

Looking Her in the Eye
A man's desire not to see vs. one woman's need to be seen

Jewish Life

Conversion
Being and Becoming

Analyzing Intermarriage

Kollel or...?
Can a young couple committed to building a deep relationship with God also find success outside of the kollel world? Executive summary: yes.




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