Articles By Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger

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    Rabbi Neal J. Loevinger

    Rabbi Neal Joseph Loevinger is currently the rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, NY. A former student at Kolel, he served as Kolel's Director of Outreach from late 1999-2001. He was ordained in the first graduating class of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism, and holds a Master's of Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto.

    • MJL Author Article 10

      The Emergence Of Environmentalism

      From the commandment not to cut down trees in war, we derive the prohibition against the careless destruction of nature.

    • MJL Author Article 11

      Completing Creation

      Our physical existence, like the creation of the physical world, depends on spiritual, sacred focus for completeness.

    • MJL Author Article 12

      Craving Perspective

      The closer we are to God, the more we are able to put our cravings into perspective.

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      Service As Its Own Reward

      Zealousness in regard to the elevation offering reminds us to be careful in our service of God and others, even when the service does not result in immediate benefit to us.

    • MJL Author Article 14

      Body And Soul Religion

      Thought and internal spirituality still require physical action in order to deepen one's religious experience.

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      The Times Are A-Changing

      In his final poetic speech to the Israelites, Moshe encourages them to understand the potential for change in every generation.

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      Being Blessed With Everything

      The midrash explains what it means that Abraham was blessed with everything and what a blessed life could mean for us.

    • MJL Author Article 17

      Reflect Before You Respond

      Moses' response to Korah's challenge teaches us to first reflect on our own actions in any situation of conflict or anger.

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      Reading The Prohibition Against Homosexuality In Context

      The sexual relationships forbidden by the Torah are intended to prohibit non-Israelite religious practices and abuses of power, not committed, loving relationships of any gender.

    • MJL Author Article 19

      The Idol Of Complacency

      The prohibition against making an idol warns us not to fix our image of God, but rather to allow our conception of God to evolve.

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