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Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Rabbi Yonason Goldson teaches at Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis, where he also writes and lectures. He is author of Dawn to Destiny: Exploring Jewish History and its Hidden Wisdom, an overview of Jewish philosophy and history from Creation through the compilation of the Talmud, available from Judaica Press.Visit him at torahideals.com.

Days of Thanksgiving

Days of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah remind us to be grateful not just for the success, but even for the struggle.


Death of a Friend

Death of a Friend

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Learning the lesson of respect and Jewish unity from my dear friend Yechezkel Fox, of blessed memory.


The Magic Eye

The Magic Eye

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Sometime we need to learn how to see.


Diminishing Returns: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:12

Diminishing Returns: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:12

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How much is enough?


How to Get Rich: Ethics of Fathers 4:11

How to Get Rich: Ethics of Fathers 4:11

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The connection between monetary wealth and Jewish wisdom.


A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

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We are never traveling solo.


The Natural Order

The Natural Order

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Approaching the boundaries of nature with trepidation.


Expert Advice

Expert Advice

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Seeking the elusive middle ground between humility and leadership.


Bullying and Anti-Semitism

Bullying and Anti-Semitism

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How the Jewish people are like the bullied kid in the schoolyard.


Ethics of the Fathers: Overconfidence

Ethics of the Fathers: Overconfidence

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A rush to judgment poses the greatest threat to a civil society.


The Price of Disunity

The Price of Disunity

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Insights into the destruction of the Second Temple.


Honor and Disgrace: Ethics of Fathers 4:8

Honor and Disgrace: Ethics of Fathers 4:8

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It's the little details that count.


Degrees of Separation: Ethics of Fathers 4:7

Degrees of Separation: Ethics of Fathers 4:7

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No matter what, commitment to the community must remain our highest priority.


In Service of the King: Ethics of Fathers 4:6

In Service of the King: Ethics of Fathers 4:6

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How the wishes of our hearts can shape our reality.


No More Training Wheels

No More Training Wheels

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Rethinking the limits we set for our children and ourselves.


Spiritual Fallout: Ethics of Fathers 4:5

Spiritual Fallout: Ethics of Fathers 4:5

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What the Chernobyl disaster teaches us about the unseen consequences of our actions.


Thanking The Garbage Man

Thanking The Garbage Man

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Sowing seeds of kindness and gratitude.


The Great Mistake

The Great Mistake

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Why did the Creator design such a vulnerable knee?


Let Our Spirits Soar: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:4

Let Our Spirits Soar: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:4

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Acquiring the confidence that comes from true humility.


Shavuot: A Message to My Son

Shavuot: A Message to My Son

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It all began on that mountain called Sinai, and ever since, the Jewish people have labored to climb the mountain of morality and virtue, one step at a time.


Nothing is Random: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:3

Nothing is Random: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:3

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Thor Heyerdahl, Rosa Parks and Ben Azzai's great lesson.


Flight 1549

Flight 1549

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Nothing catalyzes us like crisis.


The Diet for the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:2

The Diet for the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 4:2

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Spiritual health demands the same kind of balance as physical health.


Life's True Success: Ethics of Fathers 4:1

Life's True Success: Ethics of Fathers 4:1

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The pursuit of happiness begins and ends with inner peace.


When Monsters Lurk in Every Shadow

When Monsters Lurk in Every Shadow

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Are you threatened by someone who has different beliefs than you?


Illuminating the Days of Darkness

Illuminating the Days of Darkness

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The Greeks fought to uproot the Torah, the spiritual compass that kept the Jewish people pointed toward light through the dark exile.


Kindling the Lights of Wisdom

Kindling the Lights of Wisdom

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The danger of religion does not lie in religious fervor, but in religious uncertainty.


Certainty and Doubt: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:23

Certainty and Doubt: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:23

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Only through uncertainty can we ever find our way to wisdom.


Rooting for Tony Soprano

Rooting for Tony Soprano

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The Sopranos manipulates us into identifying with Tony's humanity so that we overlook his wickedness.


The White Fedora

The White Fedora

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Our seemingly insignificant actions are part of a cosmic symphony.


The Roots of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:22

The Roots of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:22

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The preservation of scholarship requires the fertile soil of virtue.


The Way of the World: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:21

The Way of the World: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:21

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The road to fulfillment has no beginning and no end.


The Goldilocks Syndrome:  Ethics of the Fathers, 3:20

The Goldilocks Syndrome: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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In our pursuit of happiness, all we desire is not for the taking.


To Foresee the Future:  Ethics of the Fathers, 3:19

To Foresee the Future: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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The greatest mystery of creation is as simple as a little girl's laughter.


Which Road Not Taken?

Which Road Not Taken?

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Robert Frost and the forces of habit.


Balloons for God

Balloons for God

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This Rosh Hashana, break free from cynicism.


To Never have Been Born: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:17

To Never have Been Born: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Taking the odds on eternal life.


Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:17

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Ethics of the...

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Simple rules for the security of our most valuable possessions.


If You Could be Superman

If You Could be Superman

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Which superpower would you chose?


The High and the Mighty: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:16

The High and the Mighty: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Our perceptions of others may teach us more about ourselves.


Connection with Eternity: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:15

Connection with Eternity: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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It is we who hold the keys to the kingdom.


Guns or Butter

Guns or Butter

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How I became Prime Minister of Japan for an hour and nearly achieved world peace.


The Expression of the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:14

The Expression of the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Discovering the bridge between heaven and earth.


With a Whole Heart: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:13

With a Whole Heart: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:13

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We can't truly care about God if we don't care about our fellow human beings


The Most Enduring Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:12

The Most Enduring Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Climbing the spiritual mountain.


Son, Skydiving is Dangerous

Son, Skydiving is Dangerous

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Teaching our children the rewards of patience.


The Fear of Wisdom Ethics of the Fathers, 3:11

The Fear of Wisdom Ethics of the Fathers, 3:11

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Can one be both wicked and wise?


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