Foreskin’s lament: Should Jewish males be circumcised?

October 6, 2023

I’m circumcised. So are all the men in my family. We’re Jews. That’s what we do. But have we made a terrible mistake?

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A Yom Kippur confession for a corrupt government

September 24, 2023

2023 has been a year where atonement seems as unachievable as it is necessary. For Yom Kippur, here are our sins – and an alternative.

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My “boom-boom” summer

September 10, 2023

“Are you ready to ‘boom-boom?’” the radiation-oncologist asked me. This is not where I expected to be this summer.

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The end of illusions

August 27, 2023

Micah Goodman has a surprisingly optimistic assessment of the future of Israel, even in the midst of the breakdown of unity from the judicial coup

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“Busha”

August 13, 2023

For 31 weeks straight, protesters have been chanting “busha!” – embarrassment. Mostly, we yelled “busha” at the govt. Now it’s me that’s embarrassed – for my country.

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Demography is not destiny

July 30, 2023

Is the inexorable growth of the religious population in Israel a destiny that will lead to a economically and militarily failed state?

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Was Maimonides high or just perplexed?

July 16, 2023

Was Moses Ben Maimon, the famous Middle Eastern doctor/rabbi known as the Rambam (RMBM), high when he wrote The Guide to the Perplexed? Judging by how he interpreted some of the most provocative stories in the Torah, that would certainly seem a possibility. How else to explain the RMBM’s branding of Abraham’s binding of Isaac as, essentially, […]

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Apple’s new Vision Pro: The dawn of screen-less computing

July 2, 2023

Apple is positioning its new Vision Pro more as a productivity device than a new piece of hardware on which to play games.

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22 mantras you can use today

June 16, 2023

I’m a big fan of mantras. They can help turn around a sour mood or smooth a confusing interaction. Here are 22 positive affirmations you can use.

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Tipping has gotten weird

June 4, 2023

Tipping in the 21st century has gotten weird. I grew up with a simple formula: Did a service provider improve your experience? Then leave a tip.

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