Friday, May 29, 2015 Sivan 11, 5775
An existential question: Is there choice involved in the rescuing?
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How do you explain goodness, really get at the essence of what it is? Its properties are as mysterious -- as unexplainable -- as what motivates people to indulge in the worst sorts of evil. Goodness may, in fact, be even more resistant to explication than its opposite, since we've all been moved to hatred and so can tap into...
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What Jew or Christian -- in fact, what feeling person -- has not turned to the psalms for a bit of comfort at times of stress or need? These verses have soothed countless souls over the millennia, a task which they were so obviously created to accomplish. The centrality that the Book of Psalms holds in Jewish culture -- for...
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Janusz Korczak held to a philosophy that gave young people a place of supreme importance
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Janusz Korczak, a physician and prescient educator, spent a good deal of his time formulating odd, unconventional ideas. The notion at the heart of his strenuously unconventional philosophy was his concept of a Children's Republic, something he understood would hold little interest for the majority of adults. But Korczak, who also happened to be a renowned writer and radio personality...
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The High Holidays hold a multitude of opportunities for parents and children to discover Jewish concepts together through books. But how do parents select from the thousands of Jewish choices for kids on the market today? The Book Selection Committee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's P.J. Library asked the very same thing, and came up with a few choice recommendations...
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Another look at the mythic servant who repeatedly saved the Jewish people
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The golem -- the massive, hulking servant figure who manages to repeatedly save the Jewish people from doom and destruction in any number of tales written in the 19th and early-20th centuries -- has popped up in book form once again in The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague , the work of Yudl Rosenberg as...
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