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.

Welcome to Cellar Religion

As reported by James Carroll in a Boston Globe editorial, a new Islamic Sunni extremist group in Iraq has as its motto, “God shall torture them by your hands.”  This is cellar religion– devoid of reason, devoid of  ethics, devoid … Continue reading

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Digital Relationships

     A Boston College philosophy professor; who teaches a class that examines spirituality, relationships and personal development, gives extra credit to any student who will go on a date. Contemporary students gravitate to group activities that give them a feeling … Continue reading

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Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity                 We all know what chaos is.  It carries the popular meaning of a massive and dangerous breakdown of order or consensus.  We see it all around us in the world: dysfunctional individuals, dysfunctional families, dysfunctional businesses … Continue reading

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Slavery in Freedom

One of the fathers of modern Zionism, the Hebrew essayist and thinker, Asher Ginsberg (1856-1927), who wrote under the pen name Ahad Ha-Am, has an essay called “Slavery in Freedom.” In it he described assimilated West European Jews who gave … Continue reading

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The Fallacies of Conventional Wisdom

R. Buckminster Fuller, father of the geodesic dome and one of the great geniuses of the 20th century, was walking along the ocean toward sundown. He met a student and asked him:  “What is happening when the sun turns from … Continue reading

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`The Spiritual Heimlich Maneuver

.     Kabbalists speak of a passageway, a channel, that connects the mind to the heart. This channel enables the heart to feel what the mind is thinking. Through this passageway our thoughts travel on the way to becoming emotions. Thus … Continue reading

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The Quick Fix

A young woman I know, at my suggestion, enrolled in a mind-body course organized by a leading expert in mind-body medicine.  The people in the course suffered from a wide spectrum of ailments, physical, psychological and spiritual.  Some were in … Continue reading

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Hannah Arendt: The Movie and the Myth- Part III

Psychologists have long pointed out that religious and political beliefs, cultural conditioning, unconscious expectations, higher awareness, needs, biases and intents all form our view of reality, what we see and don’t see.  Even in the hard sciences, quantum physicists have … Continue reading

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Hannah Arendt: The Movie and the Myth- Part II

There is something much deeper  in Arendt’s conscious and unconscious motivation that is responsible for her cluelessness to the public reaction to her articles and book. I believe that the explanation for Hannah Arendt’s conscious and unconscious intent is to … Continue reading

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Hannah Arendt: The Movie and the Myth-Part I

Part I: The Movie The movie, Hannah Arendt, focuses on the scholar’s coverage of the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem and the public reaction to the articles she wrote about it in The New Yorker and in a subsequent … Continue reading

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