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From Great to Good: Rosh Hashanah Day 2, 5777

In the 19th Century, British philosopher Thomas Carlyle argued that history is mainly about the accomplishments of great people. Since then, many thinkers have pointed out the flaws in Carlyle’s “Great Men” theory, but, whether intentionally or not, history is … Continue reading

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30 Days of Liberation: Day 26 – Open Up

After the meal we open our doors. Most of us think of this act as welcoming Elijah the Prophet. But according to the medieval Polish sage Moses Isserles, who lived at a time when it was dangerous to publicize one’s … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Talking to Friends in Mourning

Recently, there was a tragic death in my community. A beloved man went on a morning bike ride with his wife and didn’t come back. The pain of the tragedy was deep and pervasive throughout the community: He was young, … Continue reading

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The Deuteronomy Diet: Part 3 of 3

Jewish religion is good for you. According to Dr. Jeff Levin of the University of Texas, and as reported by Haaretz, that’s one of the conclusions to be drawn from the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe, which was … Continue reading

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The Deuteronomy Diet: Part 2 of 3

When I was growing up, my grandmother would play a game with me. If I finished all the food on my plate, I would become a member of “The Clean Plate Club.” The reward for joining this elite club? Dessert. … Continue reading

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The Deuteronomy Diet: Part 1 of 3

Any religious tradition worth its salt, as I have argued in the past, must offer a pathway for adherents to flourish. For Jews, this means that we ought to expect our tradition to successfully help us navigate real world, real-life concerns. … Continue reading

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Be Like the Ram – Rosh Ha-Shanah 2011

Over the past two years, I’ve become a runner.  And the thing I’ve discovered about running is that if you stay on the same streets, if you only run on flat roads and never encounter new obstacles, you never get … Continue reading

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