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The Time of Your Life
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It is a lesson I first learned in a course I took on the skills of interviewing long ago. The instructor taught us that the way to really size up a candidate for a job is to determine how he uses his time. He taught us that one question designed to assist the interviewer to […]
Why Break the Tablets?
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The scene of Moshe witnessing the sin of the Golden Calf and breaking the luchot is repeated twice – in Shemot and in Devarim. How do they differ? How is the event perceived? The very last words of the Torah praise Moshe for breaking the luchot – why is this the way in which the […]
The Birth of Hope
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This week we read the Tochecha, the terrifying curses warning of what would happen to Israel if it betrayed its Divine mission. We read a prophecy of history gone wrong. If Israel loses its way spiritually, say the curses, it will lose physically, economically, and politically also. The nation will experience defeat and disaster. It […]
Evolution or Revolution?
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life There are, it is sometimes said, no controlled experiments in history. Every society, every age, and every set of circumstances is unique. If so, there is no science of history. There are no universal rules to guide the destiny of nations. Yet this is not quite true. […]
The Miracle of Nature and the Nature of Miracles
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(My encounter with Herman Wouk a”h) The Meshech Chochma says that it is our job to see the miracles in nature, the only difference between nature and miracles is what we expect. Time is not linear: Bnei Yisrael were taken out of Egypt because they would receive Torah, despite the fact that they hadn’t experienced […]