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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      For Every Thing, A Purpose

      We should view the diversity of creation as existing to reflect the grandeur of God, not to serve the various needs of humans.

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      What Is Parenting?

      Transmitting Jewish culture by embodying Jewish practice is part of the responsibilities of Jewish parenting.

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      Is It Blasphemous To Heal People?

      Even if we view leprosy as a punishment, we must work to heal the afflicted, allowing our sense of compassion to override justice or logic.

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      The Menorah: Let Your Light Shine

      The menorah teaches that each of us has a unique gift to contribute to the world.

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      Role of the Shiva Minyan

      The daily prayer services in the mourner's home offer community and connection to those facing devastating loss.

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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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