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October 2012 Archives

The eternal question of religion is why do bad things happen to good people. Hundreds of thousands of volumes have addressed the questions. We still yearn for a satisfying answer. The horrific and highly-visible impact of Hurricane Sandy raises this […]

David Wolpe tells the story of advice given to a student beginning advanced study Talmud. (The Talmud is a series of discussions by the leading rabbinic sages between 100-500 C.E.) If you happen to fall asleep during class and are […]

We have elections coming up in a week and a half. Why should we vote? Think about it: You are one person. Will your particular vote change the election? Even in times when elections seem close, they are rarely are. […]

Noah is the biblical hero who builds an ark, saves the animal kingdom and helps rebuild the world after a great flood. In spite of his heroism, he is not without fault. Consider his seeming lack of concern with anyone […]

A classic Jewish joke… When two Jews gather together, expect at least three opinions. Our tradition embraces debate and discussion. Argument becomes a vehicle to truth. I confess, however, a frustration with the debates of today. In Judaism the purpose […]

  A great children’s song starts with the words, “I have two eyes to see with, two hands to wave with, and two ears to hear with.” I have one objection. In my experience, we may hear sounds with our […]

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