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UI 073: Why Be Happy?

Since we are celebrating Sukkot, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths) is supposed to be JOYOUS, I figure I should do a show on happiness.  After all, God commands us to be happy for Sukkot so it must be an ultimate issue. But first, some questions. Why should we be happy?  Should we […]

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UI 073: Why Be Happy?

Since we are celebrating Sukkot, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths) is supposed to be JOYOUS, I figure I should do a show on happiness.  After all, God commands us to be happy for … [Read More...]

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UI 071: Forgiveness and Atonement

Since there seems to be a theme that's developed over the last few podcasts, I figured why not continue the series. So where are we now? Now, we are coming up on Yom Kippur the "Day of … [Read More...]

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UI 070: Brutally Honest Introspections, Criticisms, and Change

Are you brutally honest with yourself? Do you maybe sugar coat your short comings or down play some of your transgressions? If you are a little like me then you too are a master at deceit and … [Read More...]

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Parsha Ki Teitzei: A Loved Wife, a Hated Wife, and the Firstborn Son?

This week we read parsha Ki Teitzei (Ki Tetzei, Ki Tetse, Ki Thetze, Ki Tese, Ki Tetzey, or Ki Seitzei) which means "When/If you go..."  Ki Teitzei consists of  Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  You can read … [Read More...]

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Parsha Shoftim: The Asherah Hypothesis

This week we read parsha Shoftim (Shofetim or Shof'tim) which means "judges."  Shoftim consists of  Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9.  You can find a very brief summary here. Just before parsha Shoftim … [Read More...]

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UI 066: Would the World be Better Without Religion?

While having discussions among friends I've hearing a recurring theme. "Religion is the cause of much of the evil in our world." When I ask them to elaborate and give examples, they come up with … [Read More...]

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UI 072: A Real Tragic Combination on Real Time

In a rare moment on television something actually intellectually interesting happened.  It was on the recent Bill Maher show "Real Time" and it involved a debate between Maher, Sam Harris (author), … [Read More...]

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Parsha Ki Tavo: Whom Do You Thank?

This week we read parsha Ki Tavo (Ki Thavo, Ki Tabo, Ki Thabo, or Ki Savo) “when you enter”.  Ki Tavo consists of  Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8.  And here is a very brief summary of the parsha. … [Read More...]

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UI 061: Whom Do You Blame?

When you see evil, whom do you blame? If you see a seemingly innocent person murdered whom do you blame?  The murderer or the person murdered.  Or perhaps you blame society, or the economy. … [Read More...]

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