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Shoftim: Tree-like
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I love metaphors. An apt metaphor can help stimulate boundless creativity and can lead to a deeper and richer understanding of the concept being studied. Take, for example, the metaphor of a tree as representing a human being. We find this metaphor in this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, in the following verse: “When you besiege […]
Re’eh: The Thief of Blessing
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I am sure that you, dear reader, have had the occasion to come across a book which you simply could not put down. Something so fascinating, so gripping, that you were compelled to read it cover to cover in as short a time as you could manage.
Eikev: Discipline and Suffering
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As a parent, grandparent, and psychologist, I am often considered to be something of an expert on parenting and child-rearing. In that capacity, I have frequently been asked to review or give an opinion about any of the plethora of books on the subject of raising one’s children. Like in any genre, there are better […]
Va’etchanan: “Nu? New!”
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There is a Yiddish expression which has made it into the spoken English language. The expression is a simple one, with just two letters. I’m referring to the expression, “nu”. Most English dictionaries classify it as an “interjection”, and define it as meaning, “Well? So? So, what?” I grew up thinking that the word “nu” […]
The Path to Eloquence
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It is an experience common to all freshmen. One comes to a new campus, knows no one, and tries to orient himself by identifying the senior students who seem to have prestige. Then, he tries to connect with these campus big shots.
Honesty and Integrity
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Every so often, I come across a sentence of another person’s writing which expresses one of my own thoughts in a language far superior to my own. Over the years, I have contemplated and written about the concepts of “honesty” and “integrity” and the difference between the two. But never was I able to articulate […]
A Lesson Learned From the Sons of Korach
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It was a decision I made long ago. I made it instinctively. It was not based upon any lesson that I had learned. After many years, I heard the lesson taught by a wise woman. Eventually, I came to realize that the lesson was in a four-word verse in this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas (Numbers […]
Only What They Want to Hear
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“We only hear what we want to hear. We only see what we want to see.” This statement about human nature, pessimistic though it may be, rings true to most of us. It helps explain all sorts of strange human behaviors, ranging from the question of why some of us have difficulties in communication to […]
Have You Seen My God?
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There are many reasons why I love to walk the streets of Jerusalem. One of them is the opportunity to read the signs and posters that adorn the streets of the holy city. Many of the signs announce the passing of citizens, ordinary and prestigious. Some of the signs announce meetings of a political nature, […]
Better They Learn from Me
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Conflict resolution is one of the most important tasks in human relations at every level. Open up any newspaper, and you will read of school children bullying each other, of married couples who are in bitter conflict, of political parties enmeshed in verbal warfare, and of nations literally at war. What are some of the […]