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Election ’18

Like many others, I spent most of Tuesday evening tracking midterm election results. Some preliminary thoughts: • • • In a relatively short period of time,...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #27

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #27, “Have a filter” The connotation here is...

Honored

Whenever election season rolls around, and especially election day itself, I know this sounds so corny — but I genuinely do get that feel-good democracy vibe. Not to...

A publisher’s responsibility

Social media must start taking responsibility. Mark Zuckerberg boasts about being the publisher of the world’s largest media organization. If that is the case, then he...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #26

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #26, “Happiness with one’s lot” Look at a...

The futile search for meaning in anti-Semitism

When something terrible happens, we demand explanations. Awful and irrational events spawn conspiracy theories because it’s part of the human condition to need to make...

Look for the helpers

Bloodshed at a synagogue called Tree of Life. The painful irony. This coming Shabbat, just before the Torah is returned to the ark, when almost every Jewish congregation...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #25

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #25, “Knowing one’s place” Twenty-six ways...

The ‘crystallization’ of leadership

What do Moses and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Daniel Shechtman have in common? No, this isn’t a joke, although it’s a bit of brain teaser which a dear friend...

‘Man bites dog’

“Man bites dog” is a journalism aphorism which suggests that what’s quotidian is not interesting; it’s the outliers that capture our attention. New York Sun...