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Without ambivalence, change is often impossible.
Peter Stearns of Carnegie Mellon University sees several factors behind the explosion of concern about sibling rivalry in the mid-20th century.
Throughout Jewish history, pessimism has had a profound impact on the Jewish psyche.
Chukat Akum insists a Jew must make a point of being different than others.
It is clear that Esav was fated to be a failure.
The method by which one chooses a spouse is less significant than we might imagine; there are models of both romantic and arranged marriages in the Torah.
Jews certainly know how to laugh at themselves, and to make fun of their failings.
Because the narrative in the Torah focuses mostly on Avraham, it is easy to overlook that the sacrifices Sarah makes are more exceptional.
The focus on greatness has had a profound impact on Jewish culture, and has made greatness a life goal to be embraced.
An article in The New Yorker described it best: the cult of overwork. White collar professionals in the United States are far more likely to work longer hours than lower paid workers.
It has been a year and a half of discontent.
Heroism does not grow in a vacuum; heroes are shaped by their upbringing and education.
Although I didn’t know Sarah, she had asked for an appointment to see me. The issue was her son.
The casual reader is immediately struck by the pageantry of the offering of first fruits, bikkurim, in the Temple in Jerusalem.
In the ancient world, yibum is a powerful act of solidarity, where one brother sets aside his own interests to stand in for the other.
This is the ideology of humility; it matters not what humans think of you, only what God expects of you.
Charity for Jews is about more than caring for the poor; it is about transforming the world.
Throughout history, Jews have been able to handle adversity; but as of yet, we haven’t figured out how to handle success.
Being the “fewest” has forged the culture and character of the Jewish people.
The Jewish ethical will is a forgotten genre of literature.
This week's Torah reading includes an important lesson about the gray area between absolute guilt and true innocence.
"Acharai! After me!" This slogan, which epitomizes the culture of the Israeli army, is attributed to Nahum Arieli, a soldier in the Palmach.
Where did Bilaam go wrong?
Remarkably, a new generation in the new world could still follow a Rebbe, because they were ready for a different kind of leadership.
It is painful to read the Parsha of Korach on a week when the dark clouds of violence are on the horizon once again.
Herzl desperately wanted a return to Israel and Israel only. What motivated Herzl to adjust his plans was a shocking spike in European antisemitism.
Optimism should never undermine realism, but realism should never undermine optimism either.
An image isn’t reality, and when we take the ideal image too seriously, it can destroy us.
Even rationalists can sometimes experience a coincidence that makes them pause.
Even if our souls can soar, our bodies can’t fly.
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