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The Role of the Elite

What does it mean to be an “elite?” Recently, the term has come to be much derided by people on ...

Rosh Hashanah: Get Woke

During the High Holiday period, we expect a great deal from ourselves. Putting aside the business of material holiday preparation ...

Do you love me, or not?

Towards the beginning of the Tractate Berachot  (27b-28a) in the Talmud, there is a story about Rabban Gamaliel (the second ...

“That I May Dwell Among Them…”

In this week’s Torah portion (Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19), God instructs Moses how Israel should make the sanctuary. He tells Moses, “וְעָשׂוּ ...

Eizehu Gibor: Jessica Jones – who is a hero?

(Yes, spoilers. Get over it) In Emily Nussbaum’s superb New Yorker essay about the television series “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” she ...

Ta-Nehisi Coates and King Solomon, Telling it Like It Is

“I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this ...

What is Anger For?

There are three (types) of people the Holy One loves: One who does not get angry. One who does not ...

What’s the Best Way to Teach Jewish Texts to Adults?

“Should we offer the best classes we can, or teach adults to become independent learners of Jewish texts?” So my ...

Do We Prioritize the Vulnerable in Justice?

This week, the Amazon Kindle version of Jewish Ethics & Social Justice is only $1.99! In Jewish law, we are ...

Writers Should Get Up Early

As a glutton for torture (and as a recent parent, which is kind of the same thing), I’ve been taking ...