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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      The Leprosy Of Irresponsible Speech

      Learning tocontrol our speech will enable us to transform the world into a community thatrespects the shared humanity of all people.

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      Tzedakah And Jewish Education

      Our communal responsibility to ensure the immortality of the Jewish people depends on our commitment to supporting Jewish education.

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      These Are The Names--Where Is Yours?

      By listing the names of Jacob's family members who went into Egypt the Torah reminds us of the number of people who affect our lives and our potential to affect the lives of numerous others.

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      The Land Is The Means

      The Land of Israel is a means to the sacred end of developing into Godly people.

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      Children And Deferred Dreams

      Reflected in the names of her children, Leah grows to recognize her own worth, independent of Jacob's feelings for her.

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      Miriam--Water Under The Bridge?

      Miriam's death should motivate us to recognize people today who provide nurture and support that often goes unnoticed.

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      The Pursuit Of Happiness

      As identified Jews, our speech and actions reflect on our families and the larger Jewish people.

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      The Ritual of Beating the Willow

      How did this tradition develop?

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      Ears, Thumbs, And Toes

      The ceremony installing the priests teaches the importance of consecrating the entire body for sacred service.

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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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