Jesus, First-Century Rabbi: A Tale of Love and Caution

The first century is a time whose stories evoke controversy as perhaps no other period in the history of religion. Who was “the real” Jesus? The answer to that question has altered loves for better and for worse until our very day. So a book like Jesus: First Century Rabbi, by Rabbi David Zaslow, which tries [Read More…]

Jews, Christians and Muslims? Do Any Two People Worship the Same God?

By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield Don’t you love it when great minds think alike?  I am not referring to the five contributors to Do Jews, Christians, & Muslims Worship The Same God?, though they are great minds, and in some regards they do think alike. I refer to Robert Hunt and to myself, in that we [Read More…]

Sharing the Journey, In Our Own Shoes: A Jewish Response To Brian McLaren

[This post is part of an inter-faith response to Brian McLaren’s new book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?, hosted at the Patheos Book Club.] In a world awash in data, but often suffering from a lack of wisdom, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road, offers both.  Brian McLaren’s [Read More…]

The Gift of Difference

[This post by Brad Hirschfield is part of a roundtable discussion on the new book Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by Rajiv Malhotra, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] Being Different is a bold attempt to harness the insights and inspiration of dharmic tradition which is almost always limited, at least [Read More…]