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Editorial & Opinion | Musings

11/10/2015 - 19:00 | | Musings

Menachem Mendel of Vorki said you could tell a true Jew by “upright kneeling, silent screaming and motionless dance.” Here is one possible take on that enigmatic phrase:

11/03/2015 - 19:00 | | Musings

Here is the secret that Israelis know: Life in Israel is both more normal and less normal than the world assumes.

10/27/2015 - 20:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Musings

The enemy of the Jew becomes the enemy of the world. That simple, albeit mysterious, historical rule has been repeatedly demonstrated. Regimes and ideologies that target Jews never stop there; they are imperialistic by nature, and begin by identifying the “other” — and Jews have been the quintessential other — and move on to target ever-larger circles.

10/20/2015 - 20:00 | | Musings

Why do the central prayers of Judaism require a minyan, a quorum of 10? That is true of the Kedusha in the Amidah and the Kaddish, among others. 

10/13/2015 - 20:00 | | Musings

A  psychiatrist received the following postcard from a vacationing former patient: “Having a wonderful time. Why?”

10/07/2015 - 20:00 | | Musings

Not long ago, I was sent a picture of myself at a very young age. As it was just before Yom Kippur, I began to wonder about the person in that picture — what would he think of the adult he had become?