About Rabbi Joseph Schultz, PhD

Dr. Joseph Schultz served as Rabbi for congregations in Brookline, MA, Norwich, CT and Cambridge, MA. Dr. Schultz founded the Jewish Studies Program at Boston University where he was Assistant Professor of Religion and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was Oppenstein Brothers Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies. He helped establish the Center for Religious Studies in 1996, a consortium of six colleges, theological schools and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, offering an interdisciplinary graduate program for the PhD in Religious Studies. Dr. Schultz was its first director.

The Spoiler at the Passover Seder

The Spoiler at the Passover Seder In a number of plays and movies, the central theme is a family holiday celebration, sometimes Thanksgiving, at other times Christmas.  Among the gathered family is a son, daughter or relative carrying a deep … Continue reading

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The Dual Facets of Hanukkah

Every person has a public and a private personality. The public self is how we present ourselves to others. The private self is where lie our hopes, our fears and our spiritual yearnings. The emotionally healthy individual, more or less, … Continue reading

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Replays of Life

Like  the replay of a favorite CD, life often replays for us in the present events of the past. Mark Twain expressed it this way: “History does not repeat itself in exactly the same way but it does rhyme.”  As … Continue reading

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Time Thieves

Are you aware of how much of your time is being stolen? It is an irreparable loss. Time is the canvas on which we paint the story of our lives. We carry this picture with us into the higher dimensions … Continue reading

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Half a Matzah and a Broken World

Is half a matzah as good as a whole? Not if one half stands for the body And the other half stands for the soul. The allure of the Passover seder from ancient times to the present has been its symbols … Continue reading

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Loneliness and the Social Media

In darkened rooms all over the world, people sit before lighted screens projecting themselves to friends and unknown others in the hope of making a human connection. But the selves being projected are more artifice than truth. They are scripted … Continue reading

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Big Brother Watching Overtime

George Orwell would not be surprised. As he predicted in his novel 1984, Orwell’s Big Brother, surveillance, is working overtime these days. Not only is the government watching you, as Edward Snowden revealed, but now business is getting in on … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Hanukkah: Less is More

In his slim volume entitled Hundred Dollar Holiday, Bill McKibben points out that the holidays of December no longer work for most of us.  When Walmart extends Black Friday to five days, and we view it with dread rather than … Continue reading

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The Imponderables of Life

During the High Holiday season we pray, “Remember us unto life.”  It has been pointed out that in the center of the word “life” is the word “if.” If suggests the unpredictable, tumultuous, precarious, dangerous world in which  we live. … Continue reading

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Elevators of Religion-From Cellar to Penthouse

To expand on a previous blog entitled “Welcome to Cellar Religion”: the mission of religion is to serve as an elevator lifting people from the cellar of untamed, emotional religious enthusiasm and zeal, which needs to be disciplined and purified, … Continue reading

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