Q: My husband died in April of this year after a three-year battle with cancer. A: Most of our prayers are for the living. Praying for the dead compels our belief that death is not the end of us if we are comprised of both bodies and souls.
Q: I was raised in the Episcopal Church, and even though a good Christian will forgive someone who's hurt you, I'm having a very difficult time forgiving my ex-husband for all he did to hurt our two daughters.
Q: This question is asked from a contemplative place in my heart after reading your recent column on atonement. A: Yes.
Q: In the Old Testament, there are passages regarding animal sacrifices as sin offerings. A: The sacrifice of animals was performed at many Temples in biblical times but was centralized in the Temple in Jerusalem by King Josiah in the 7th century.
The Jewish people are now in between the New Year, Rosh Hashana, and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. For the occasion, I've condensed one of my New Year sermons.
Q: After coming off the worst year of my life, I've reached the point that I feel there is no God as we know it. Religion always gives us a reason or a way out for everything. Instead, it's obvious there are NO miracles, favors or grace.