G-d Damn It!: Jewish, Christian, and Legal Perspectives

Several days ago, we discussed R. Chaim Ozer Grodzinski’s responsum on printing Hashem’s name in a language other than Hebrew in newspapers. Here is my halachah column for this week: In parashas Re’eh, Hashem commands us to obliterate the names of other gods, but “You shall not do this to Hashem, your G-d.” (12:3-4) One […]

Calves and Coins

My weekly halachah column: During the episode of the Golden Calf, Aharon seemingly goes along with the mob’s frenzy, to the point of proclaiming that “Tomorrow is a feast to ‘Hashem’” (32:5), apparently intending an idolatrous feast. The Ibn Ezra struggles greatly to reconcile Aharon’s conduct in this episode in general, and in this proclamation […]

Panentheism

We recently discussed several versions of an aphorism declaring that God can be found everywhere. While this is merely a poetic assertion that the honest and earnest seeker will be able to see God wherever he looks, our tradition also contains various rather more fraught theological assertions, bordering on the panentheistic, that God actually is […]