Written by Rabbi Jon
Torah a la Carte
Since arriving, Rabbi Jon has always offered to meet and talk Torah anytime, anywhere -- over coffee, at the gym or Borders, as a salon in someone's home. These are some topics Rabbi Jon is ready to talk or teach about at the drop of a hat. Study individually or organize a group of any size.
Theology and Prayer
Is Someone Listening? Different Ways to View the "You" in "Blessed are You"
Prayer for Nonbelievers -- Getting Something Out of Services for Atheists and Agnostics
Prayer is a Poem -- Why Adam and Eve Wrote Psalm 92
Comparative Religion 101 -- Do Jews "Have a Friend in God"?
Who Wrote the Torah?
What is Chasidism?
What is Kabbalah?
Job Versus the Shma, Or Why Does a Good/Just God Allow Suffering?
Are All Religions Equally Good?
Three Models of Shabbat
Friday Night How-To: From Candles to Eating to Singing
Magen Tzedek -- Eating Ethically
Abracadabra -- Understanding and Using the Power of Speech
Your Personal Tzedakah Mission Statement
100 Blessings a Day -- Mindfulness in Our Daily Lives
Musar -- The Path of Ethical Self-Improvement
The Torah of Money
How to Have an Aliyah at the Torah
How to Visit the Sick
How to Pay a Shiva Call
Jews and the World
Israel and the Territories -- A Brief History of the Arab-Israel Conflict
Jews, Utopia, and Civil Rights in America
Genesis and the Carbon Challenge
The Dilemmas of Honoring Your Father and Your Mother
Debate or Soulmate? Keeping Your Marriage in Perspective
What is a Friend?
The Mitzvah of Criticizing
Gay and Jewish
Keeping Life in Balance
Making An Interfaith Family Work
Do As I Say: What Do We Tell the Kids about Drugs, Sex, Money, and Marriage
Movies, Midrash, and Jewish Thought
Star Wars -- Use the Force, It is Your Destiny
The Matrix -- What is Truly Real?
Pi -- God in Math and Nature
Sliding Doors -- What Would My Life Have Been Like If...
Crimes and Misdemeanors -- Does God Let People Get Away With Murder?
Fifty First Dates and Groundhog Day -- Teshuvah and Personal Redemption