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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.

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?


Uncluttering the Mind Ethics of the Fathers, 3:10

Uncluttering the Mind Ethics of the Fathers, 3:10

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A cloudy mind clears for those things that truly matter.


Ethics of the Fathers, 3:9 Direct Line to the Heavens

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:9 Direct Line to the...

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There are many avenues to connect with our Creator. Not all ways are equal.


Ethics of the Fathers, 3:8 In Praise of Servitude

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:8 In Praise of Servitude

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Who is greater: the servant of the king or the king of servants?


Ethics of the Fathers, 3:7 Safety in Numbers

Ethics of the Fathers, 3:7 Safety in Numbers

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More than misery loves company, sanctity thrives among the many.


The Pursuit of Happiness? Ethics of the Fathers, 3:6

The Pursuit of Happiness? Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Is our passionate quest for leisure time what Thomas Jefferson had in mind?


The Greatest Protection: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:5

The Greatest Protection: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Should we be afraid of things that go bump in the night?


Not by Bread Alone: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:4

Not by Bread Alone: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:4

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What does your dining experience look like?


The Location of the Soul: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:3

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

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It is the quality of speech that separates us from all other forms of creation. Why?


The Committed Life

The Committed Life

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My first Sabbath taught me an important lesson about training the palate to enjoy the sweet flavor of success.


A Prayer for Freedom: Ethics of the Fathers 3:2

A Prayer for Freedom: Ethics of the Fathers 3:2

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Why pray for a non-Jewish government?


Three Reflections: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:1

Three Reflections: Ethics of the Fathers, 3:1

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How to make sure you stay on the right path.


Winning the Race: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:21

Winning the Race: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:21

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In spiritual pursuits, the very act of trying counts as success.


Collecting Diamonds: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:20

Collecting Diamonds: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:20

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The time is short and diamonds are everywhere!


The Security of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:19

The Security of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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To understand why we believe what we believe, know how to answer a heretic.


In the Grand Scheme of Things: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:5

In the Grand Scheme of Things: Ethics of the...

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When Hillel the Sage talks, it pays to listen.


The Man on the Street

The Man on the Street

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My one minute encounter in Hungary reflected all the despair and all the hopeful triumph of the Jewish people in exile.


Mirroring Parents

Mirroring Parents

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What lessons are your kids picking up by watching your day-to-day behavior?


The Relevance of Prayer: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:18

The Relevance of Prayer: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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Prayer is more than a response to crisis; it is an exercise in self-reflection and self-evaluation.


Grand Larceny: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:17

Grand Larceny: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:17

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As much as we owe the Almighty gratitude for our intrinsic natural abilities and talents, we owe Him even more for those blessings that are extrinsic.


The Evil Eye: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:16

The Evil Eye: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:16

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When everything we have just isn't enough.


The Candles and the Tree

The Candles and the Tree

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A child who sees no difference between the flames of the menorah and the twinkling lights of the tree.


Ethics of the Fathers, 2:15: Three Foundations of Spiritual Harmony

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:15: Three Foundations of...

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To achieve spiritual harmony, a Jew has to achieve perfection in his relationship with the Almighty, with society, and with himself.


Spiritual Vertigo: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14

Spiritual Vertigo: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14

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Protecting oneself from spiritual myopia.


Ethics of the Fathers, 2:13: Lighting the Way through Darkness

Ethics of the Fathers, 2:13: Lighting the Way...

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What is the good path? An in-depth, mystical analysis


The Ways of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:12

The Ways of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:12

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Which is greater: knowledge or reason?


The Qualities of Greatness: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:10-11

The Qualities of Greatness: Ethics of the Fathers,...

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What are the critical qualities needed to attain greatness?


As Vital as Oxygen: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:9

As Vital as Oxygen: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:9

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What was Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai thinking?


The Real Thing: Ethics of the Fathers 2:8

The Real Thing: Ethics of the Fathers 2:8

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LIFE: For best results, use as directed.


Elbowing God Out

Elbowing God Out

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The ruling barring "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance shares a similar hubris that contributed to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.


Supersize Me! Ethics of the Fathers 2:8

Supersize Me! Ethics of the Fathers 2:8

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Simple logic dictates that we cannot have it all and should not want it all. But since when did that stop us from trying? (Part 1)


Empires Come and Go: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:7

Empires Come and Go: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:7

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In the midst of dark times, Hillel reminds us that Divine Providence guides every detail of history and justice will ultimately prevail.


The TV Fix

The TV Fix

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Turn off the tube, turn on your mind.


Universal Truths: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:6

Universal Truths: Ethics of the Fathers: 2:6

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In a universe that contains certain immutable truths, it's our responsibility to do our utmost to figure them out.


Divine Intimacy: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:4

Divine Intimacy: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:4

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The ideal marriage as a paradigm for our relationship with God.


Jews and Power: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:3

Jews and Power: Ethics of the Fathers, 2:3

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Jewish history is one cautionary tale after another: Be cautious of ruling powers.


Torah Study and Work: Ethics of the Fathers 2:2

Torah Study and Work: Ethics of the Fathers 2:2

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Striking a balance between the world of the spirit and the world of the body.


The Garden of Forking Paths: Ethics of the Fathers 2:1

The Garden of Forking Paths: Ethics of the Fathers...

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Practical wisdom on choosing wisely as we walk along the complex path of life.


No Respect!

No Respect!

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Scandals, no-fault divorce, "reality TV". What is happening to our value of respect?