Monstrous Mercy

A nurse in England was charged with murdering 8 babies in the neonatal unit. The charges are shocking, but not surprising.

Music Is the Highest

For Daniel Zamir, making music is the ultimate spiritual experience.

The Foundation Stone of American Democracy: The 1620 Mayflower Compact

Why John Quincy Adams regarded what the Mayflower passengers accomplished with something approaching awe.

The Moral Businessman

Choosing between what feels right and what the law allows you to get away with.

Alex Trebek’s Quiet Dignity

Reflections on the game show host from three Jewish contestants.

Yes, Virginia, the Patriarchs Really Did Ride on Camels

The New York Times was wrong: Archaeological data about the camel actually affirms the accuracy and antiquity of the Genesis accounts.

After the Election, Choosing Connection

Now that the election is over, it’s time to put down the hatchet and pick up the phone to connect to those on the other side of the political divide.

Why Were Comments Disabled on My Last Article?

We can disagree vehemently and vote differently, but we cannot turn differences into divisiveness, or dialogue into bullying, vitriol, and demeaning language.

Covid-19 Is Wreaking Havoc on My Marriage

I always thought we had a good marriage but these days we are constantly getting on each other’s nerves.

Vienna Terror Attacks

I was mailing in my application for Austrian citizenship during the Vienna terror attacks.

Jewish Leadership During Cholera Epidemic, 1848

Life was at stake. A young Rabbi Yisrael Salanter was moved to take forceful action.

Former Muslim Terrorist and Holocaust Survivor Confront Prejudice

Two people with radically different pasts come together to fight hate and anti-Semitism.

$2000 Bottle of Wine Mix-Up

Businessmen who ordered a $2000 bottle of wine didn't notice the difference when they received a $18 bottle instead.

Suing Neo-Nazis in America

Amy Spitalnick is seeking justice against neo-Nazis involved in the 2017 Charlottesville rally.

Talking to Ben Shapiro without Discussing Politics

How not to let the election ruin your friendships with those you vehemently disagree with.

Jealous of a Friend

She just got engaged to a wonderful guy who was suggested to me. How do I feel happy for her?

Human Dignity and Political Power

The Torah’s radical approach to emergency powers and the worth of every human being.

Professor Hillel Furstenberg: In His Prime

The gifted Hebrew University mathematician has accrued the field’s most coveted prizes while finding God’s Hand in the randomness of the universe.

How 3 Previous Pandemics Changed the World

From the rise and fall of major religions to the very structure of society, mass outbreaks have challenged paradigms that appeared set in stone. There’s a chance COVID-19 will, too.

Lessons from Lockdown

My top three transformative takeaways.

Embracing Insecurity: COVID-19 and Sukkot

The pandemic has stripped away security. But we don't need the security of yesterday to be happy today.

A Doctor’s Diary: Genetic Instructions

Welcome to the incredible, uniquely Human Library that simply boggles the mind.

The Difference between Success and Happiness

Sukkot and the shortage of psychiatrists in Silicon Valley.

Sukkot and Corona: Three Major Messages

Exploring the timely relevance of this Jewish holiday.

The Joy of Admitting We Don't Know

Humility, nuance and admitting we don’t know are not signs of weakness, but strength.

Auschwitz Museum Director Offers to Trade Places with Imprisoned Child

Piotr Cywinski is offering to serve time in prison in Nigeria so a child imprisoned for blasphemy can go free.

The Ballerina of Auschwitz

Dr. Edith Eger offers keys to free ourselves from our own prisons of the mind.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Modeling Civility

The late justice displayed respect and warmth to all.

The Billionaire who Gave Away His Fortune

Charles Feeney gave away $8 billion to charity. And he did it anonymously.

Why Dip into Honey?

There are many ways to add sweetness to the new year. What is the significance of honey?

The Song of the Pomegranate

The deeper significance of this Rosh Hashana fruit.

Why is a Terrorist Speaking at San Francisco State University?

The university should rescind their invitation to Leila Khaled and take a stand against terrorism.

Anti-Semitism in Two Hit TV Shows

The Umbrella Academy and Lovecraft Country trafficked in damaging anti-Jewish slurs.

The Origin of Life

Explaining how life began is the biggest unsolved question in science today.

Helpful Things We Can Do Instead of Corona Shaming

When looking out at the world, make sure to clean your windows first.

Teenagers Are Mourning for a Life that Suddenly Ceased to Function

In our rush to retain some semblance of normalcy we haven’t allowed our kids to mourn what they've lost.

Growing Up Jewish In the South

By fierce example, my father taught me the importance of social justice, equality and fairness.

Our Two Sinks, Two Dish Washers Conundrum

My husband wants them and I think they’re luxuries we don’t need.

The Song of the Grapevine

Contemplate the Jewish symbolism of the grapevine and its wine.

Bystander or Hero: Who Do You Want to Be?

You don’t need to jump in front of an oncoming train, like my cousin, to be a hero. You have to stand up to harassment, bullying or other injustices.

Masks and How We Relate to Others

The pandemic has made us more sensitive to the fact that everyone has the capacity to harm another – with our germs, with our words, with our actions.

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