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Roadside Musings

Contributed by: Rabbi Rami Shapiro

About Roadside Musings

In Roadside Musings, Rabbi Rami draws from the well of the world's religious and spiritual traditions, covering life passages, answering sticky questions, and sharing comfort.

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Woke God

"Like the God who guides the Mormons, mine too instructs us 'revelation upon revelation.' My God’s revelations fall into two categories: Wow! and Play Nice!"

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No More Warrior Gods

"If anything we are simply better armed fanatics salivating in anticipation of our God’s call to war against the infidels and their idols. But one fanatic’s idol is another fanatic’s God, and religious war is always percolating beneath the surface of human affairs."

Depiction of Jesus and Pontius PIlate

Barabbas and Jesus Bar Abbas

"Matters become clear when we realize that the Greek name Barabbas comes from the Aramaic Bar Abbas, Son of the Father, and that according to early manuscripts of Matthew’s Gospel the first name of Barabbas was Jesus."


About the Author

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has...

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