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Surviving catastrophe

Oct 19, 20123 Comments

In Parashat Noach, humanity undergoes two great catastrophes. The first is the flood – the holocaust that annihilates all of humanity and all land-life except

A Royal Egg

May 18, 20121 Comment

Four Types of Eggs in the Talmud Four different types of egg are mentioned in the Talmud, and they each have a different status in

What to Pray For

Jun 09, 2011No Comments

Bat Sheva prayed that her son, Solomon, be wise and fitting for prophecy. David’s other wives prayed that their sons be fitting to rule. King

Sex and Politics

Jun 07, 20111 Comment

“Give not your strength [i.e., your seed] to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings” (“אַל תִּתֵּן לַנָּשִׁים חֵילֶךָ וּדְרָכֶיךָ לַמְחוֹת מְלָכִין”). This is

The Heart and Mind of Dealing with Enemies

May 16, 20112 Comments

There are three ways to deal with enemies: surrender, fight, or make peace by neutralizing the root of their animosity. The Ba'al Shem Tov told it

Ruling in the Exception

Apr 26, 2011No Comments

Progress in science (and society) is made by taking note of details that a previous theory is unable to account for. The history of modern

Transcendence and Revolution

Apr 03, 20113 Comments

A revolution is a turnover – those at the bottom revolve to the top and those at the top revolve to the bottom. In Hebrew,

Rectifying the State of Israel in 10 Steps

Feb 28, 20112 Comments

Rectifying the State of Israel in 10 steps: Step 1: Faith in the Torah (the Bible as interpreted by the Sages) as the Word of

Human Rights and Divine Obligations

Feb 24, 2011No Comments

There are the strong and the weak. There are the good and the bad. Not always are the strong the bad. If it so happens

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