Get latest articles and videos with Jewish
inspiration and insights
How my son overcame his debilitating stutter and became an inspirational speaker.
One Jew’s creative way to help people quit smoking. Whoopi Goldberg is on board.
The latest studies on how to have a good fight.
The full video and text of the prime minister’s historic speech.
A warning to the world from the UN General Assembly podium: Don’t close your eyes to the atrocities around you.
Despite Israel’s lawful origins, it is the only country in the world whose legitimacy has been questioned.
How did he get the Jewish people to listen and help save the day?
Some women seem to be more interested in over-achieving than in maintaining a relationship.
Help! I need to lose weight after being in bed for a month with mono.
After discovering my local barber's dark secret, no haircut has ever been the same.
And their underlying Jewish values.
A proud polio survivor, I was blissfully unaware of the stigma many attach to paralysis and deformity. Until I wanted to start dating.
Giving your teens helpful, safe guidelines.
The drinking isn’t for the body; use it for the soul.
Some tantalizing salads for your festive Purim meal.
Yes it can work. Here’s how.
Attaining the self-assurance you need to achieve true intimacy with another person.
Staying true to yourself while dating.
An exciting exhibit presents direct evidence of the Jewish community in Babylonia right before and after the destruction of the First Temple.
Summing up the Purim holiday: They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.
Kabbala is the Torah's expression of the way the world works. Removed from its source, it's a lot of rubbish. (First in a series.)
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Advanced-level midrashic and Kabbalistic illuminations on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
Little did I know that the source of my chutzpah reached back thousands of years, to Mordechai.
Watch the Purim story come alive.
This Purim, remove the four masks we wear and experience true joy.
A video series that takes a closer, more grown-up look at the Book of Esther.
Purim is the holy holiday of candy – allow me to prepare you.
Jon Stewart has won 19 Emmy Awards. I am ready to win 19 Emmy Awards, given the chance.
What would have been the harm if Marty had used the almanac to win a few bets?
Purim and your unique role in life.
A big picture overview capturing the meaning and joy of the holiday.
Building unity through kindness.
June 14, 2014
June 17, 2014 4:39 PM
Universe vs the Melech?
My response to Carl Sagan's famous line, "The universe is all that is, all there ever was, and all that will ever be" is"Hashem melech, Hashem malach, Hashem yimloch l'olam va'ed."
June 17, 2014 4:35 PM
Quite poetic, but...
It's easy to get caught up in Sagan's soothing voice and beautiful poetry. Cutting through to the actual words and you find that his logic leaves something to be desired.His call to "deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot" is of course a great goal to pursue. But I don't see how our small size is a case for or against preserving and cherishing the earth. If we were a gargantuan planet, with only a few surrounding celestial bodies, we would make the same case for preserving and cherishing it. On the flipside, one could just as easily make the opposite case: Our relatively tiny size just shows how *un*important the earth is, so we should not feel so bad in destroying it. (Speaking rhetorically, of course.) In addition, countering Sagan, our apparent uniqueness in being the only world known so far to harbor life could be an argument *for* our privileged position in the universe, not *against* it.
June 17, 2014 2:28 PM
Our Outlook on humanity to reach each other in friendship, kindness, Peace is to be cultured all the time. Kindly, continue the process. God bless!/ santosh
June 15, 2014 3:40 PM
Carl Sagan was Jewish BTW.
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.