May 20, 2020

There used to be four common life phases: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Now, there are at least six: childhood, adolescence, odyssey, adulthood, active retirement and old age. Of the new ones, the least understood is odyssey, the decade of wandering th...

May 14, 2020

Our economic environment can shut out people who get into debt or who fall out of the system. If I fell into slavery will I ever become free? If I sold my field will I ever regain my financial footing? Shemitta and Yovel offer people a fresh chance.

April 30, 2020

Today, with intermarriage rates over 60% in North America, do you think that Jews need barriers and boundaries to separate ourselves from wider society? Is Jewish law strong enough to resist assimilation?

March 31, 2020

Have you every been immersed in an environment that has profoundly changed you? Summer camp? A period in a yeshiva or seminary? Another intense all-encompassing experience? Do we expect that our festivals/holidays act as immersive, transformative experiences?

February 12, 2020

“Do not covet” says to me – You have what you need. Don’t look around at others. Be satisfied with what you have. This sort of desire, or as Leon Kass calls it, “deformations of desire” leads us to under-appreciate what we have, and to seek things that, possibly, we sh...

January 22, 2020

Pharaoh then, is trapped by his own decision making. Once he has enslaved the Israelites, and the economy has become reliant upon them, once he has dug in his heels and refused to allow the Israelites religious freedom, once he has discredited Moses and made him into a...

October 29, 2019

Is drinking a healthy thing? What are its dangers? Do you see people drinking to enjoy life or to escape life? Do you think that adults you know set a good and responsible example regarding alcohol use, or do you see a problematic alcohol culture around you? What does...

August 1, 2019

Murder is such a fundamental offence that even if one bears no direct responsibility, life cannot ‎merely continue, society cannot remain the same. This should create a sense of trauma. ‎

May 15, 2018

The institution of Nazir allows a person who is spiritually attuned ‎and in need of a distinct segregated space to separate themselves in a prescribed manner.‎

August 23, 2017

One cannot compare the experience of a judge who lives among those who he must guide and lead. The magistrate is part and parcel of the city and will be able to feel the pulse of the city, its pressures and needs, its difficulties, and also its potential for change.

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