Wise Fridays: National Responsibility

“Happy is the country and happy the nation that can give an account of what it has taken from others, ...

Wise Fridays: A Song of Sorrow

“Three ways are open to a man who is in sorrow. He who stands on a normal rung weeps, he ...

Wise Fridays: Families of Jerusalem

“Beautiful are the families of Jerusalem: A mother from a Russian curse and a father from a Spanish curse, A ...

Wise Friday: Enduring Arguments

“Every dispute that is for a heavenly cause will ultimately endure.”—Pirkei Avot, 5:17“The greatest danger is to believe that your ...

Wise Fridays: Despite the Faults

Just as we love ourselves despite the faults we know we have, so should we love our neighbors despite the ...

Wise Fridays: What is Revelation?

“Revelation is not an act of [a prophet] seeking, but of his being sought after, an act in God’s search ...

Wise Fridays: Shun Authority

“Shemiah said: Shun authority.” Just what does this mean? That a man should not on his own place a crown ...

Wise Fridays: Youth in Revolt

“The man who seeks to wipe out his own past is thrown into a state of constant hatred of himself….The ...

Wise Fridays: Learning to Lie

One should not promise a child something, and then not give it to him, because as a result, the child ...

Wise Fridays: Our Happiness

Our happiness depends upon enjoyment and enjoyment depends upon the swift sentiment with which each beauty surprises our senses. Unhappy ...