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  • What should we – individually and collectively – be doing differently about hunger issues in our community? One verse in Deuteronomy says that “the poor will never cease from the land” and another verse there says, “Surely there will be no poor among you.” How do we resolve this conflict? The Talmud answers that in an [...]

  • What is your favorite verse of holy scripture and why? My favorite verse in the Bible, if you force me to pick, is “Take off Aaron’s garments, and place them on Elazar, his son, and Aaron will gather up and die there” (Numbers 20, 26). G-d is telling Moses to take his brother Aaron, who was [...]

  • Is imposition of the death penalty a political/partisan matter or a religious/moral matter? Why is the death penalty largely being carried out in the South? Should Tennessee abolish the death penalty? We all know that the death penalty is mentioned in the Bible on numerous occasions. However, the Talmud, the ancient Rabbinic writings, record that a [...]

  • Times are tough. Money is tight. Unemployment is high. Consumer debt is high. It’s hard to save and harder to give. Offer our readers some faith-based financial counsel. What do you tell people about spending and debt and consumerism? What do you tell them about saving and giving? What are some faith-based principles for dealing with [...]

  • What is the greatest challenge facing the Jewish community in Memphis and Judaism in America? As inheritors of an ancient and elaborate set of rituals and traditions, it is not easy to transmit all this information, unless we give our children a very extensive Jewish education. Making sure that most Jewish children grow up with a [...]

  • ThumbnailCircumcision, or “bris milah,” has long been the stuff of cheap jokes and comedy. But in recent weeks, what used to be nothing more than harmless fare, has taken on a much more serious tone. So-called “intactivists” on the fringe left of American politics have pushed the radical notion that infant circumcision is an act of [...]

  • To me, the theological challenges of a flood are no different than those of any disaster, personal or communal tragedy. Whatever can help us understand illness, death, loss and suffering will equally explain this flood and it’s resulting damage. Our main approach as outlined in the book of Job is that we don’t understand how [...]

  • How should people of faith react to the death of Osama bin Laden? At first blush, the reaction to the death of enemy seems straightforward. Responding to the death of 3,000 people with war as an act of self defense and prevention of further attacks is not only warranted but necessary. As it says in Proverbs 11, [...]

  • Should our schools teach Bible? As a Bible believing person, you would think I would be gung ho about teaching Bible in the public schools. However, I am troubled by a number of questions. Whose Bible and which version would they teach? Translations vary. Do you want your children taught the Bible by one who is [...]

  • Each faith community follows its own laws when it comes to prayers, marriage and divorce. We have extensive laws of prayer and food and no one would question for a moment our right to follow these laws. Where it gets more complicated is when we want to follow our laws to adjudicate a dispute. Since [...]

  • Memphis city voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to transfer administration of the Memphis City School System to the Shelby County School System. What are the ethical and moral considerations here? How should our faith inform our vote? There are three sources which come to mind regarding the merger of the city [...]

  • What tests my faith in Memphis? What gives me faith in Memphis? What makes us strong in our faith? It can be personal and it can be social. Our faith can be strengthened by personal experiences we have, both good and bad that make us give extra attention to our relationship with G-d, be it the [...]