Archive: January 2017

Ten Jewish Teachings on Judaism and the Environment Lecture 1 1-5-2017

Posted on January 25, 2017

This series will present what Rabbi Troster consider ten of the most important Jewish ideas that connect with modern environmentalism. This first lecture is an introduction to the concepts of the environment, what it means to be an environmentalist and the history of the Jewish environmental movement

STUDY MATERIAL FOR PARSHAT VA-YIGASH Genesis 44:18-47:27, January 7, 2017

Posted on January 13, 2017

In this Torah study, we looked at the character of Judah as revealed by his speech to Joseph at the beginning of the parsha. How has Judah changed from the jealous brother who stood coldly aside as Joseph was sold into slavery and watched his father react with horror at what appeared to be Joseph’s Continue Reading »

From Big Bang to Omega Point Jewish Responses to Recent Theories in Modern Cosmology Conservative Judaism, Vol. 49 No. 4, 1997

Posted on January 2, 2017

This is a review essay of three books in which the authors discussed a Jewish response to the Big Bang Theory and other recent theories in modern cosmology. The article also survey earlier Jewish writing on the Big Bang and is one of my more thorough attempts to understand the relationship between science and religion. Continue Reading »


Posted on January 2, 2017

On this Shabbat of Hanukkah, the material is about the book of Judith. Judith exists only in Greek although it was originally written in Hebrew in the Land of Israel in the late 2nd century BCE. It was translated into Greek by the Jewish community of Alexandria and included in their Bible the Septuagint. It Continue Reading »

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 7 12 15 2016

Posted on January 1, 2017

  This seventh lecture finishes the War Scroll 1QM, and looks at tyhe the way the DSS can illuminate our understanding of early Christianity and the rise of Rabbinic Judaism.