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‘Hate Spaces,’ a film about intolerance on campus

Charles Jacobs, a Harvard PhD, will not tell me how old he is. His wife forbids it. He does say he was present at Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech...

Letters from prison

We get a lot of unusual mail. Yes, hard copy mail. It still comes. Surely the most unusual mail is from prisoners. Intrinsically, prison compromises the right to...

Are we free?

I have been asked to give a seminar on Musar of the Novorodock variety with an emphasis on the practical. That is, not the history or the personalities of this Jewish...

When life ended early

Pre-Penicillin. Post-Penicillin. This might be a major periodization in history. Of course, it’s more than penicillin — it’s also modern treatments for scarlet...

Sanitizing Martin Luther

Is it possible to speak about Hitler without mentioning the Jews? Is it possible to speak about Jefferson Davis without mentioning slavery? Is it possible to speak about...

The world’s firsts

We reach the last portion of Genesis — a good time to notice its firsts. When something happens in Genesis for the first time, that means it happens for the first time...

Dinner season

I had a dream. I was in the box seat of Heaven. It was after 120. Time for the ultimate judgment. Fear and trembling. An angel appeared and bombarded me with the first...

Fake news? The problem is real news

Would you trust the proverbial snake oil salesman who promises that his product will cure your every pain? Analyze why not. You ask the salesman what’s in the snake...

My Chanukah

When I was a kid, I loved Chanukah because it was fun. Candles. Presents. Time off from Hebrew school. I particularly remember what seemed to me and my siblings the...

Caring for Syrians . . . in Israel

I received an email last Wednesday from the Rabbinical Council of America. It said: “Pray for Aleppo.” I received another email from Amaliah, an organization I had...