Articles By Rabbi Bradley Artson

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    Rabbi Bradley Artson

    Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson is Vice-President of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and Dean of its Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies. He served as a congregational rabbi in Southern California for ten years. Rabbi Artson?is the author of The Bedside Torah and co-author of a children's book, I Have Some Questions about God.


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      Love Is Not The Opposite Of Hate; Law Is

      Law is essential to Judaism, establishing an external set of moral guidelines.

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      Parents Make It To The Top Ten

      The placement of the commandment to honor our parents in the midst of the Ten Commandments highlights the complex ways in which parents serve as our bridge between God and the world.

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      The Importance Of Intention

      The Torah's establishment of Cities of Refuge introduces the idea that intention determines the meaning of an action.

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      Don't Be Quarrelsome On The Way

      Joseph's warning to his brothers not to quarrel on their way instructs us as well in our relationships with our families and the larger Jewish community.

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      Situational Ethics And God

      The importance of preserving the relationship between a husband and wife provides an example of the Torah's use of relative morality.

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      Abram and God's Mutual Faith

      As Abram and God demonstrate, Judaism understands faith as deep trust despite doubt, confusion, and suffering.

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      Threat And Promise Of Conformity

      We can learn from and adopt only those practices foreign to Judaism that enhance and strengthen Jewish practice.

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      Clothes Are The Message

      The clothing of our religious leaders communicates our perceptions of our relationships to God and each other.

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      Be Yourself

      The gifts brought to the Temple for the Pilgrimage festivals teach us the importance of preserving our unique identities.

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      Bearing Fruit Even In Old Age

      The Torah mentions the ages of Moses and Aaron to teach us that age is a source of pride and that by honoring the elderly we bring richness to our own lives.


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