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Rosh Hashanah and other Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah is Monday, October 3rd. It is followed by the Fast of Gedalliah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  For the full Jewish holiday calendar.

For more about Judaism, check out some of these currently available books.


Wedding Planner

So you are thinking about getting married.  …  Here are a few things to think about before you decide, and the tools you need to plan a wedding ceremony if you decided to get married.  Wedding planner.


Funeral Planner

Funeral Planner
A friend or loved one dies. You find yourself in the position of needing to organize a fitting tribute, memorial service or funeral. Here is the practical information you’ll need in moving ahead with your plans, including our list of recommended readings for the service.


Christianity for Grown Ups

Adult Christianity
“When I was a child, I thought like a child … but as an adult, I put away childish things.” The Apostle Paul. But what would an adult, mature Christianity look like today?


The Most Inspirational Prayers

My selections include all time favorite and familiar prayers like the Lord’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Francis, along with the contemporary, and very popular prayer of Jabez and the Jelly Bean Prayer. Here you will find prayers for healing, prayers for use at mealtime and bedtime. While I have no scientific measure of how inspirational a  prayer might be, nor is popularity to be equated with quality, there is something about the following prayers that make them surely among the world’s most favorite.  Inspirational Prayers


A Text for Today: The 23rd Psalm

In this time between war and peace, between birth and death, between the people we are and those we’d like to become, I can think of no better map for navigating the difficult passages of life than the 23rd Psalm. It marks a passage through time, not just for each of us personally, but for entire communities and nations. The Lord Is My Shepherd: The 23rd Psalm for Today


The Golden Door

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Will Trump Replace It With a Wall?

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

― Emma Lazarus


The Bible and Science

Behind many topics debated in our current culture wars lies the larger question of the relationship between the Bible and modern science. In my view, wisdom comes not in choosing the Scriptures over Science, but rather in taking the insights of both with equal seriousness. The Bible and Modern Science


Is Militant Islam the actual Cause of Terrorism?

Muslim Extremism Not The Cause of Suicide Terrorism
Recently, our television screens have been filled with images of bloodshed, destruction and death in places like London, Orlando, London, Paris and now Istanbul. In these news reports, the very image of the “suicide bomber” has been wedded to phrases like “Muslim extremism,” or “Islamic Holy War.” In a remarkable book, Robert Pape of the University of Chicago has argued that there is little connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism or extremism. This is a must read.


A Strange Freedom

A Strange Freedom
What is it that Americans are fighting for in conflicts around the world, celebrating on the 4th of July, and holding up as the “light of the world?” And what is the relationship between freedom and faith?.

What the New Testament Says About Freedom
Caution: you might be surprised.