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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      John Wayne Meets Jacob

      Jacob inspires us to overcome our Esau-like desires for instant gratification and physical power.

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      Rebukes And Responses

      In Moses' final speech to the Israelites, he provides us with a model of effective rebuke.

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      Prayer: Service Of The Heart

      Abraham's servant teaches us the power of spontaneous prayer, a concept that challenges our contemporary focus on consistency and conformity.

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      Trying To Remember The Reason I Forgot

      Being constantly engaged in learning allows us to guard against the pervasive forgetfulness around us.

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      Visiting the Sick in Judaism

      Aware as we may be of the importance of visiting and assisting people who are ill, we still have to overcome our fears and hesitations in order to perform this mitzvah.

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      The Value Of Animal Sacrifices

      The institution of animal sacrifice allows us to confront our deepest subconscious urges and needs.

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      When Miracles Are Not Enough

      The transformation into a sacred people occurs not through miracles but rather through steady education, discipline and communal reinforcement.

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      Let's Get Physical!

      The commandment to remove a corpse from the stake on which it is impaled teaches us the importance of respecting the holiness of the body.

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      Two Kinds Of Intelligence

      To be fully educated and human we must study a range of disciplines--humanities and sciences, secular and Judaic.

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      No Neutrality: Silence Is Assent

      The laws of nullifying vows teach us that our silence and inaction in the face of contemporary injustice and oppression is akin to assenting to it.


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