December 17, 2019

Israelis often pride themselves in being direct. In Israeli slang, this is called speaking “dougri”, meaning the quality of being straightforward, even blunt, eschewing formalities and getting straight to the point. Is this a positive cultural mannerism?

December 11, 2019

Maimonides, addressing the divinity of the Torah, says that the verse "Timna was a concubine" is equivalent to "Shema Yisrael!" Might the Rambam be undermining his basic assertion? – Though they have the category of revelation, the verses of the cla...

December 4, 2019

A person must not rely on the past. Each day anew a person is presented with moral and religious challenges, and must be on guard and ensure that his or her actions will be correct, meaningful and worthy. Because we are only human. Like Jacob, we always have a choice t...

November 30, 2017

Is antisemitism a virus that is borne in every generation, waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting Jewish community, or is Jew-hatred itself an aberration...

November 22, 2017

"The implicit idea in all the advertising you see is that, ideally, you shouldn’t work at all; ‎ideally, you would retire when you’re eighteen. Small wonder that many people have ‎reached the conclusion that the less they work, the better off they are... work is p...

November 14, 2017

To try to bring up a Jacob and an Esau in the same school, make them have the same habits ‎and hobbies, want to teach and educate them the same … is the surest way to court disaster. ‎

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