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The Cynic No Longer Whispers
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Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.  – Stephen Colbert Cynicism is a posture and language that is both weapon and shield – […]
Toldot: Different Forms of Power
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The professor was wrong. But in his field of expertise he was always right. His name was Dr. Dennis Wrong, and his surname made him the object of much teasing, at least during his childhood. He was a prominent sociologist, and I took a course from him while still in graduate school. The course was […]
Manifest Mockery
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein   Parshat Toldos begins with what appears to be a superfluous phrase. The unusually wordy verse says, “These are the offspring of Isaac son of Avraham –  Avraham begot Isaac.” Certainly, if Isaac is the son of Avraham, Avraham begot Isaac. Why does the Torah […]
A Journey of a Thousand Miles
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Our parsha contains the most serene description of old age and dying anywhere in the Torah: “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people” (Gen. 25:8). There is an earlier verse, no less moving: “Abraham was old, […]