The God Squad: More questions from Mercy Catholic High School

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Yes, the girls at Mercy Catholic High School in Middletown, Connecticut, still have more questions about God for me!

Q: From A: How can God send us to hell if he loves us?

A: How can your parents discipline you even if they love you?

Q: From H: How do you know God is with you in everything you do? Do you really believe that every step you ...Read more

The God Squad: God had given us free will

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Dear Rabbi Gellman, in your article, The God Squad: Questions from the final exam of the theology class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Conn., Part 3, you answered a question from S: How come God puts us through difficult challenges that will just make us sad and could initially make us give up? You answered: “If God knew that we would ...Read more

The God Squad: Where is God?

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From M: I simply must ask why you never find fault with God, and why you continue to perpetuate the myth that God cares about people. I submit for your consideration a few brief examples from a recent column on Catholic girls asking you about God. I respectfully challenge you to try to support your contentions. One girl asked why God allows the ...Read more

The God Squad: Questions from Mercy H.S

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More questions from Ms. Peppitone’s theology class at Mercy High School for girls in Middletown, Connecticut.

Q: From C: How is there so much devastation and sickness in the world if God has created everything? I frequently hear the saying "God does not give you more than you can handle." How can someone deal with a hard situation where they ...Read more

The God Squad: The altar of burnt offerings — Part I

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Every year on the Jewish High Holidays I send you an edited version of my High Holiday sermon. The differences between this one and the one I preached is that this one lacks some jokes, but on the positive side, this one is too short to put you to sleep.

Today, we continue our four-year spiritual exploration of the klei kodesh, the holy objects...Read more

The God Squad: 9/11 plus 20 years

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When the planes hit the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, I was the president of the New York Board of Rabbis. What that meant was that my days and weeks were spent presiding over funerals with no bodies. It also meant that on Sept. 24, 2001, at the memorial service at Yankee Stadium, I had to give one of the...Read more

The God Squad: Mercy High School Final exam questions continued

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There were several questions about God’s plan for our lives.

Q: From S: I just became in touch with God this year. How do I know that God is putting me in the right direction? How do I know that I’m making the right choice that God wants me to make?

Q: From C: How do we know if we are following the right path God has laid out for us? How ...Read more

The God Squad: Yes, still more theology questions from the theology class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Conn.

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Q: From L: God created us all the same and as his children. How has it gotten to the point where we are killing each other just based on the color of our skin being different. God is a loving and forgiving person who doesn’t judge, why is it so hard for us to do the same?

A: I am sure that your question of God is also God’s question of all...Read more

The God Squad: Questions from the final exam of the theology class at Mercy High School in Middletown, Conn., Part 3

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Q: From P: Why did God give us free will knowing that some of us would make bad choices?

A: The one trait that separates us from all other living things is freedom of the will. It is the choice to be able to decide what we will do next based upon our own beliefs about what is good and what is bad. Animals make decisions but they have no free ...Read more

The God Squad: Catholic Girls ask a Rabbi about God (Part 2): More questions from the theology class at Mercy High School in

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Q: From C: What makes your faith in God stronger?

A: Two things strengthen my faith. Nature strengthens my faith in God and babies made in the image of God strengthen my faith in people.

Nature reminds me of the teaching of the psalmist in Psalm 104:24, “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full...Read more

The God Squad: Catholic girls ask a rabbi about God

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I am taking some time from my summer Psalms study book to go back to another God Squad book in formation. The teacher of the theology class for juniors at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut, loves the God Squad and every year she asks her class of Catholic girls to write me a question about God that is important to them. Here, and in ...Read more

The God Squad: Short psalms for study: Psalm 1

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1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his...Read more

The God Squad: More short Psalms for summer Bible study: Psalm 43

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1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.

2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy ...Read more

The God Squad: Another short Psalm for summer study: Psalm 93 (and 121) (KJV)

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I hope my favorite Bible study group at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is keeping up with my God Squad Psalms course. We have already studied Psalm 23, 131, 115, 117, and 133. Today we take up Psalm 93:

1 The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath ...Read more

The God Squad: The short Psalms for summer study: Psalm 15

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1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4 In whose eyes a ...Read more

The God Squad: The spiritual meaning of America

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Of all the secular holidays of our culture, Thanksgiving is my favorite. It is about gratitude and gratitude is at the top of my list of moral virtues taught by God in the Bible to all of us. I also like Valentine’s Day which (I know!) has its roots in Christianity but, like Thanksgiving, it is about love and love is my second favorite moral ...Read more

The God Squad: Spiritual balancing with my friend M

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What follows is very much a part of our study of Psalm 117 and its invitation to praise God.

Recently, my dear friend M, wrote to me a tale of woe about his life, as an act of spiritual balancing in which I ask people to spend exactly as much time telling me about their blessings as they do telling me about her burdens. I asked him to send me ...Read more



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