Rabbi Shai Held is president and dean of the Hadar Institute in New York.
Books for pandemic reading
Nine writers tell us about a book they’ve read recently that’s helped them reframe what it means to be a person of faith and a reader right now.
October 12, 2020
Aiming high and falling low (Proverbs 25:6-7; Luke 14:1, 7-14)
Proverbs warns us against the culture of self-aggrandizement.
August 30, 2019
Dignity and rest (Isaiah 58:9b-14)
Isaiah’s two challenges go hand in hand.
August 23, 2019
September 1, Ordinary 22C (Proverbs 25:6-7; Luke 14:1, 7-14)
Jesus and Maimonides are drinking from the same well: the book of Proverbs.
August 6, 2019
August 25, Ordinary 21C (Isaiah 58:9b-14)
So much of human religiosity comes down to a hoax we perpetrate on God.
July 30, 2019
Does God command genocide in the book of Joshua?
Daniel Hawk avoids easy responses to violence in the Bible—but then enters some troubling territory.
July 23, 2019
In Genesis 1, we’re all royalty
The creation story and the divine right of everybody.
October 30, 2018
The Babel story is about the dangers of uniformity
Forget the tower. The problem is that everyone "had the same words."
October 24, 2017
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