Archive: Adin Steinsaltz
The claim that atheism is a form of sanity is just a slightly different expression of pseudo-religious fanaticism.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 28, 2010; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (2)
So the President's religious faith is important; on the other hand, the chance of ever receiving a complete, full answer to this question is rather slim.
By Adin Steinsaltz | August 31, 2010; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (8)
A mosque near Ground Zero shows a lack of tact.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 26, 2010; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
Not mentioning terror's motivation may be politically correct; not knowing it is really dangerous.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 13, 2010; 06:07 PM ET | Comments (13)
Differences among religions are not only about social behavior, but also about what it means to be closer to God. In this, there are many different paths. Some paths may be completely contradictory, or have very little in common with one another.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 7, 2010; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (1)
Western democratic governments suffer from a double handicap when they encounter extreme behavior from other cultures. In a contemporary context, these behaviors are often connected with some expressions of Islam.
By Adin Steinsaltz | May 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (5)
Whether these children will be called "intellectually challenged" or simply "angels," the meaning will stay, and if there is any emotion connected to the term, that will also stay. Using new words will possibly allow a lot more people to be offended; but otherwise, nobody will derive much good from the change.
By Adin Steinsaltz | February 18, 2010; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)
Since the United States curtails the freedom to spread racial hatred or racial prejudice, there is no reason why there cannot be laws limiting the freedom of spreading slanderous information against religious groups.
By Adin Steinsaltz | January 8, 2010; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (14)
Evil is not defeated by being nice to it. War may be just and moral when it is fought against evil (as in World War II) or as a means of self defense.
By Adin Steinsaltz | December 21, 2009; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)
If indeed global warming is caused mainly by human means, then it is right that it becomes a moral issue. Forfeiting the future in order to satisfy temporary needs is, in the long run, a bad idea. There is the obligation to do as much as humanly possible.
By Adin Steinsaltz | December 19, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (5)
Switzerland - among other countries - might display greater understanding of minority groups. While some State laws can be explained as stemming from ethical, esthetic or other considerations, they may still come very close to imposing the majority's religious outlook on others who do not share it.
By Adin Steinsaltz | December 1, 2009; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)
End of life counseling may take two different forms, in almost opposing directions. One kind of counseling assists elderly people (or people with terminal illnesses of any age) to prepare themselves for death. This may include psychological support, palliative care and legal preparations. In theory, no one can be against such help.
By Adin Steinsaltz | November 5, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)
When we accept the use of medicine in general, the use of any particular medication or vaccine is not a religious problem, but sometimes an ethical, and mostly a practical question.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 17, 2009; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (2)
If we live in times when a person in the house of prayer is prone to be killed, the right to be defended grows from deep roots.
By Adin Steinsaltz | September 11, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (7)
The freeing of terminally ill criminals can have only one justification: to save on the cost of medical treatment. It does seem strange that elements of compassion should emerge in these cases.
By Adin Steinsaltz | August 25, 2009; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (4)
The importance is not in the media, but in the sender of the message. When there is a prayer or a question that has very little meaning to the person who asks it, then the vehicle by which insignificant prayers move from place to place is also unimportant.
By Adin Steinsaltz | August 11, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (2)
What happened at the U.S. Holocaust Museum is an extreme sign of something happening in different parts of American society, albeit in less violent manifestations.
By Adin Steinsaltz | June 12, 2009; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (2)
Jews consider life one of the supreme values and believe that one has to use every available means to save a life.
By Adin Steinsaltz | May 27, 2009; 05:53 PM ET | Comments (0)
There is no cogent reason -- neither rational nor historical -- to assume that a state must be governed by a secular system.
By Adin Steinsaltz | April 23, 2009; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (26)
There are some universal basic beliefs. Religions adhere to them. But when a group transgresses these basic principles, it is a cult and not a religion -- meaning, a group of people who share a common delusion.
By Adin Steinsaltz | April 2, 2009; 09:17 PM ET | Comments (16)
When I expect to see Satan with horns and a tail, I won't recognize him when he appears as a well-dressed gentleman. Evil in people and in events does not appear in a grotesque form.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 24, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (9)
Giving power to scientists and politicians means that the real rational response is a great deal of prayer.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 10, 2009; 12:53 AM ET | Comments (18)
Giving charity is not a special act of the good heart, but an obligation like any other legal obligation. It is not just that one is benevolent out of the goodness of his heart; rather, he is obligated to do so.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 3, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (17)
Holocaust denial is not just a harmless human quirk; it is founded upon vicious and calculated propaganda and promoted for malicious political, racial and religious ends. Those who deny the Holocaust should not just be ignored, but hunted and persecuted.
By Adin Steinsaltz | February 5, 2009; 12:18 AM ET | Comments (76)
New or previously unknown candidates running for a new position are always somewhat of a mystery. Even people who have a long, detailed record are still untested and it is unknown about how they will behave in the future.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 8, 2008; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (5)
It is clear that the moral element that influenced - perhaps even created - the recent situation, is the growth of greed. When greed is strong enough to waylay caution, it is not only morally reprehensible, but also practically dangerous.
By Adin Steinsaltz | September 19, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (38)
In a certain sense, the ability to forgive (which is not the same as to forget) has a somewhat divine quality, because it contains the notion that the past can be deleted or, at least, not have any consequence or bearing on the future.
By Adin Steinsaltz | August 26, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (9)
When a person really believes in God, and has true faith (not just as hollow expressions), one always feels that he depends on God.
By Adin Steinsaltz | August 11, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (21)
Armies, even when motivated by the best and most justified reasons, are basically still killing machines. Despite all the niceties, armies have the option and, in a deeper way, the purpose to harm and kill.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 28, 2008; 12:29 AM ET | Comments (13)
Inherent in religious belief is an acceptance of the supernatural.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 17, 2008; 07:16 PM ET | Comments (10)
To me, the fact that so many people identify as atheists actually means that they deny specific names or expressions of God, or just have a different understanding of the man-God relationship. To truly be an atheist requires a good amount of intellectual rigor and clarity of mind.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 8, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (239)
The Jews are not just “The People of the Book.” Much closer to the fact, they are "The People of Many Books”.
By Adin Steinsaltz | June 26, 2008; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (48)
In sum, faith is something that clearly has a connection with the soul and with the inner workings of man's mentality, and therefore has some influence on health too.
By Adin Steinsaltz | June 13, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (11)
Greed means wishing or grasping for things that are beyond one’s needs. Thus it seems that greed is a universal desire that is very deeply embedded in the human spirit.
By Adin Steinsaltz | June 2, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (20)
Religion is still of interest to people. They continue to think about religion, even if that means they are deciding that they have lost their faith, or that they are abandoning it altogether.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 4, 2008; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (5)
There is no list of "Deadly Sins" in Jewish theology, nor is there a list of worthy virtues. We do not believe that good and evil are defined by particular qualities.
By Adin Steinsaltz | January 17, 2008; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (32)
The more American Jews become identified with the prevailing culture, the sooner they can expect the same future as so many other immigrant communities who assimilated into mainstream America and lost their unique identity.
By Adin Steinsaltz | January 14, 2008; 02:18 PM ET | Comments (60)
The influence of religion helps to preserve and protect life on Earth by giving science a moral direction and higher purpose.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 29, 2007; 08:25 AM ET | Comments (18)
Aside from the obvious influence of dreams and memories – which are very much part of this world – pure souls have a primarily unconscious relationship with us.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 12, 2007; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (19)
This collection of faults is surely untrue of religion as a whole, even though some of these traits may be true of certain religions.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 1, 2007; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (17)
In Judaism, we don’t dwell heavily on the next world because it is not something that we can do very much about.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 3, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (40)
In Judaism, good deeds are intrinsically connected with holiness and the Divine.
By Adin Steinsaltz | June 11, 2007; 07:31 AM ET | Comments (661)
War does not give enough space for intellectual doubt.
By Adin Steinsaltz | June 5, 2007; 09:11 AM ET | Comments (883)
Whatever I have achieved in the past, there are always new horizons to conquer.
By Adin Steinsaltz | May 18, 2007; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (25)
A statement of confession is just a statement, and as such, of doubtful validity.
By Adin Steinsaltz | April 30, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (17)
The Jewish Sages have taught that humanity has a choice.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 26, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (40)
There is a need to give children at least some basic and true notions about religion.
By Adin Steinsaltz | March 9, 2007; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (835)
There is a widespread belief in Jewish “superiority” even in morality, which results in holding the Jewish state to standards not expected of any other nation
By Adin Steinsaltz | February 24, 2007; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (60)
Since people of faith are optimists who believe that the world can be made better, they should be active in saving the globe.
By Adin Steinsaltz | February 12, 2007; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (6)
The central idea of prayer is to express, in words or in thoughts, that I want to make contact with God.
By Adin Steinsaltz | February 1, 2007; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (15)
The feeling of being connected, the observance of the laws, and the inner devotion were always – and continue to be – stronger among women than men.
By Adin Steinsaltz | January 18, 2007; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (33)
Evil is not just a relative and imaginary power, it does exist.
By Adin Steinsaltz | January 12, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (58)
Recent growth of religious fundamentalism created a counter-reaction of atheism
By Adin Steinsaltz | December 29, 2006; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (78)