Out this January
A Conversational Haggadah for the Whole Family
Dec 18, 2014
Channukah and Every Day Heroism
Michael Jordan once said, “Not every flying hero has a cape.” Few of us can fly like he can, but he makes an important point about heroes. As we celebrate the heroism of the Maccabees and think about miracles of old this Hanuka, we should take a moment to ponder our own modern notions of heroism. Who are today’s heroes?
Daily Tweet on the Talmud
"Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard," Benjamin Disraeli.
Yevamot 75a:You can't touch something impure but can possibly eat it if you don't come in contact with it. I've eaten with people like this.
"Do not consider it proof because it is written in books; a liar who will deceive with his tongue will also do so with his pen," Maimonides.
Yevamot 74b:"But I can reverse this..." Is it a good argument if you can turn it on itself and it still makes sense? Learn to dissect proofs
Dec 2, 2014
A Better Jewish Voice
We are a global community. This means Jews live virtually everywhere in the world. It also implies something about peoplehood. We may not be one in language, citizenship, ideology, politics or religious commitment, but we all carry a travel gene that tells us a Jew is a Jew is a Jew. There is a certain baseline that ties us powerfully and profoundly together, so that when we discover Jews in New Zealand or Patagonia, we don’t see them as strangers. They are distant cousins we just haven’t met yet.
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