Jews Torch Church in Northern Israel

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2015 by mgindin

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Hanging Gays: Former Chief Rabbi of Russia says Yes. Some thoughts.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2015 by mgindin

One could say quite a lot about the following summary of a hostile secular Russian interview of a priest, Rabbi and Imam. The rabbi does not aquit himself well, to put it mildly. The article (when it discusses hanging gays and IS execution of homosexuals) raises the following question for me: those who oppose secular rights for nonstandard gender behavior, or who advocate censuring it in religious terms, or those who practice it, often back up their claims with speculations about the possible negative social effects of allowing or sanctioning nonstandard gender behavior. The challenge they should all consider is this: we see before our eyes the extreme individual and social dangers of censuring or making illegal these behaviors: ostracisation, psychosocial suffering and even disintegration, and all too often: jail, fines, dangerous medical meddling, beatings, humiliation, and murder. So the burden of proof on those who claim that sanctioning these behaviors will lead to individual or social suffering is great.

PS: some of you may be thinking that this is not a matter for subjective opinion or reasoned argument, but rather of scriptural authority. On that please see here:

The article in Tablet:

“New atheism produces another curiously incurious book”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2015 by mgindin



Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2015 by mgindin

New Lecture at the JCC Vancouver

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2015 by mgindin

New Book Published! Everyone in Love: The Beautiful Theology of Rav Yehuda Lev Ashlag

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2015 by mgindin

This is a book I’ve self-published on a great but little known Jewish theologian, Yehuda Lev Ashlag. He is known in some circles for his work on the mystical text the Zohar, and in others as the inspiration behind the teachings of some universalist “pop” Kabbalah movements (which is why Madonna visits his grave every year). His writings deserve more thorough study and serious attention, however, as he articulates a fascinating and radical perspective on many core Jewish themes which is rooted in classical thinkers like the Arizal, the Ramchal, Hasdai Crescas, and Chasidut, but goes beyond them in some respects to present a startling systematic theology of Judaism and Jewish spiritual practice.

This book is based on a lecture series that I taught in Vancouver.

Did the Exodus Happen?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 by mgindin


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