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The God Squad
The God Squad is not your average advice column. Rabbi Marc Gellman employs his years of religious and philosophical study and experience to answer reader questions on topical and spiritual issues, from interfaith marriage to news events. He also draws on the expertise of numerous advisors to offer authentic insights on the rich palette of faiths in America. Gellman writes in a lively, non-preachy style that speaks directly to readers. Special holiday messages.
The God Squad Samples
Passover and Good Friday fall on the same day this year, and Easter Sunday and the second day of Passover are also on the same day. The close proximity of Passover and Easter on the calendar is no accident.
My recent column on vegetarianism touched a vein among many readers. To these readers, I say again that I believe they tread the higher road, but it's not the only path.
Q: When I was young, I remember saying prayers after mass each Sunday for the "conversion of Russia." It occurs to me that we all need to start praying again -- this time for an end to all forms of terrorism.
Q: I think it's time to encourage Christians and Jews to be vegetarians. A: Let's begin by remembering that the Bible was written in Hebrew, not English. Therefore, the prohibited action is murder, not killing.
Q: I'm 67 and I haven't been able to pray for months. My family, two sons and a husband, don't "see me." I've experienced tremendous emotional and physical abuse in my life and I struggle daily to believe in my own worth.
Q: I understand why Orthodox Jews in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., have fought for an eruv for years, so I don't blame them for it, and congratulate them for finally "winning" one from village officials.
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