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.
Q: In a recent column, you mentioned how the time of death of a man's father showed up on a grandfather's clock when it stopped working several weeks later.
I try not to think about 9/11 until it comes around each year. Even in the days just after the attacks, I found myself turning off the television after just a few minutes because the images of 9/11 were like staring at the sun.