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A Conversational Haggadah for the Whole Family
Dec 11, 2014
The word "heed" is an unusual word; it's formal and heavy and wouldn't be used in casual conversation. Maybe it needs to be re-introduced into common parlance because it means more than simply listening. A careful sort of attention or notice must be given to meet its demands, the kind of attention that in these days of distraction is harder to come by. We heed warnings or ignore them at our own peril. We think of Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman: "Attention must be paid," and wonder what kind of focused attention that is.
But what happens when we give feedback that no one pays heed to?
Daily Tweet on the Talmud
"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
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"Only in the world of math do two negatives multiply into a positive," Abby Morel.
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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