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Editorial & Opinion | Musings

09/21/2016 - 12:43 | | Musings

The Torah teaches in rapid succession that if you see someone’s sheep or ox astray, you should return it. If you see someone trying to raise their fallen ox, you should help them. Don’t take the eggs of a bird in front of its mother. And when you build a house, put a railing on the roof so no one falls [Deuteronomy 22].

09/13/2016 - 23:08 | | Musings

During the Limmud South Africa conference, I had a chance to go on a two-day safari. The experience of seeing rhinos and elephants and lions and zebras outside of a zoo is exhilarating. But it is also a religious obligation.

09/07/2016 - 08:59 | | Musings

A lot depends on our similarities. Unless we worked the same way, all designs would fail, medicine would be ineffective and human society would become impossible. 

08/30/2016 - 23:56 | | Musings

A lot depends on our similarities. Unless we worked the same way, all designs would fail, medicine would be ineffective and human society would become impossible. 

08/23/2016 - 23:45 | | Musings

We are all in favor of kindness, unity and accord. But let us pause for a moment to praise gruffness, disunity and argument.

08/16/2016 - 22:04 | | Musings

Growing up in my parents’ home, there was only one thing that was permitted to be thrown inside the house — challah.

Each Friday night after the blessing on the bread, my father would break up parts of the challah and throw it around the table. He began with my mother, who became very adept at snagging her piece. Some memorable catches were executed, as well as some incomprehensible misses. But by that simple gesture we began each Shabbat meal in an atmosphere of joy.