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Building Life-Long Relationships

I think the following statement captures the essence of love: “If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.” When your three-year-old daughter flies through the door and babbles excitedly about the earthshaking incident that took place in...

Eras

I have often been asked by friends my opinion on what comparable era in Jewish history we are now living through. I feel that it would be most presumptuous for me to give any definitive answer to that question. That really is much more of a question for a prophet than...

La Difference

A conference of the National Bureau of Economic Research doesn’t seem like the kind of gathering to yield a brouhaha, but Lawrence H. Summers, the president of Harvard University, managed to raise a considerable uproar at the recent symposium with his suggestion...

The Spiritual Goal

The clearest definition of a concept is often derived by contrasting it with its opposite. Thus, we can better understand heat as the opposite of cold and vice versa. We may better understand simchah ? the Jewish concept of joy ? by contrasting it with its opposite....

Boredom

The most dreaded words that a parent, teacher or guardian can here from one’s child, student or ward is “I am bored.” The rabbis of the Talmud long ago cautioned us against boredom as a state of mind that brings one to desolation, depression and even...