Entries by Rachel Larsen

Was Jesus Jewish?

In 1938, French-Jewish artist Marc Chagall painted “White Crucifixion,” which depicts Yeshua as a Jewish man hanging on a tree. He is wearing a prayer shawl and is surrounded by images of contemporary persecution: a synagogue is burned, a man tries to save a Torah scroll, and a group of refugees flee by boat. There […]


What Does It Mean to Have a Relationship with God?

“It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” This popular saying suggests that one’s social connections play a greater role in determining career prospects than education or experience. Indeed, networking and “making a good first impression” have become key skills in our competitive economy. This can be a challenge for those of us who […]

What is the Basis for Human Rights?

In 1948, the fledgling United Nations passed the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” a response to Nazi atrocities that was founded on “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person.” This document calls on governments to guarantee everyone under their jurisdiction such rights as freedom of thought, education, and […]