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Introduction: The Challenge and the Way to Meet It
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Day One, Rosh Chodesh Nissan Just about at the end of our telling the story on Seder night, we find out that there has been an agenda to the evening we might have missed up until that point. After all the telling we’ve done, we quote Mishnah Pesachim 10;5, that in every generation we are […]
Why I’m Not Sending Flowers on Valentine’s Day
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Why don’t Orthodox Jews observe Valentine’s Day? After all, it’s a day dedicated to love – isn’t that a good thing? To understand the answer, let us first examine the origins of the celebration. A Catholic Holiday? For starters, the full name of the holiday is “Saint Valentine’s Day.” You are probably familiar with St. […]
The Yarmulke: A Crown of Contemporary Honor
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Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to sleep, how to eat… how to work… how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer shawl that shows our constant devotion to God. […]
22. The Gifts of Intellect and Imagination
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Prophecy, as we have discussed, entails a combination of intellectual perfection and imaginative perfection. Each person possesses these qualities to a different degree. [II, 37] Some people have just enough wisdom to run their own lives, while others possess enough to influence their neighbors, their society, or the world. People with great intellect but without […]