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Wise Fridays: We’re All in the Same Boat

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A man in a boat began to bore a hole under his seat. His fellow passengers protested. ‘What concern is it of yours?’ he responded, ‘I am making a hole under my seat, not yours.’ They replied, ‘That is so, but when the water enters and the boat sinks, we too will drown.’

–Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Leviticus Rabbah 4:6

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Posted on June 3, 2011

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Wise Fridays: The Free Will Problem

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“To act rightly or otherwise rests for the most part with man, but in each action Fate cooperates.”

Josephus Flavius

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Posted on May 27, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Even Gnats and Flies

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“The Rabbis said: Even though you may think them superfluous in this world, creatures such as flies, bugs, and gnats have their allotted task in the scheme of creation, as it says, ‘And God saw everything that God had made, and behold, it was very good.'”

B’reishit Rabbah, 10:7

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Posted on May 13, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Older and Wiser

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“As regards scholars, the older they become the more wisdom they acquire…But as regards the ignorant, the older they become, the more foolish they become.”

Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 152a

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Posted on May 6, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Playing Favorites

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“A man should never single out one of his children for favored treatment, for because of two extra coins’ worth of silk, which Jacob gave to Joseph and not to his other sons, Joseph’s brothers became jealous of him, and one thing led to another until our ancestors became slaves in Egypt.”

Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 10b

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Posted on April 29, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Matzah and Moral Corruption

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“The ban on leaven during the Passover week signifies that national liberation also involves moral and spiritual rejuvenation and must not be tainted by moral corruption.”

Nahum M Sarna

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Posted on April 22, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Once We Were Slaves

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“Once we were slaves in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. And if the Holy One Blessed Be He had not taken our ancestors out of Egypt, we, our children, and our children’s children would still be enslaved to Pharaoh in Egypt.”

The Haggadah

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Posted on April 15, 2011

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Wise Fridays: Love Without Criticism

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“Love unaccompanied by criticism is not love…Peace unaccompanied by rebuke is not peace.”

Genesis Rabbah 54:3

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Posted on April 1, 2011

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