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" I would not have imagined that attitudes would have changed this quickly. It’s true that the Orthodox world is still lagging painfully behind. But it’s moving. And moving, I think, in really impressive ways...."
By Steve Greenberg from Moment Magazine
In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses “What if the Bible was dominated by strong female voices instead of males? Would we relate to the Bible differently? In this new experiment, I switch the gender of every character in the Biblical text and wait for readers' reactions.”
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"Game theory’s famous Prisoner’s Dilemma has many variations. Consider the case where two “rational” individuals who might not cooperate even when it’s in their best interest; “irrational” behavior, albeit riskier, can lead to a better outcome for each. Are we witnessing a solution to the Prisoner’s Dilemma unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera?..."
"Do you realize how little we know about the countries with which we are in conflict? Outside of the polarizing rhetoric of politicians and the narrow lens of media headlines, what do we know about countries we consider our enemies? An eatery in Pittsburgh, PA has an innovative and savory way of addressing this..."
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Extreme fitness programs have become a multi-billion dollar industry. What drives people to train like Navy SEALS? According to Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily, “longing for experience over what makes rational sense is a very real piece of what it means to be human”, and that longing for experience is reflected in the way Americans currently view religion.
"Over 4.9 million people have viewed Rob Anderson's magic act in which he tears up a homeless man's sign, only to put it back together with an extra surprise which he then gives to the gentleman. In a world of what often feels like endless competition for clicks and views, it's easy to confuse success with making a difference. Sometimes though, virtual virality - nothing to sneeze at - opens the door to real world change..."
"Last night, I spoke about the importance of symbolically signing the Book of Life and leaving a permanent mark on this world. I urged us all to actually sign our own Book of Life that is in the hallway – and I invite those who haven’t yet done so, to please add your signature!
In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses the issue that in the earliest version of Genesis there is no creation story or flood. Abraham appears out of nowhere in Canaan. Isaac is killed for his father’s sins and Jacob and his seven sons are the founders of Israel. The brothers don’t sell Joseph down to Egypt and Judah doesn’t exist. Genesis: Israel’s Origins traces the slow development of this uniquely divergent account into the canonical text of the Book of Genesis.
"Yom Kippur is an exhausting day. By the end of the day, we’re tired, we’re hungry, and we’re just ready to be done. But traditionally, even if you’re exhausted, there’s a mitzvah to fulfill the next day: on the day after Yom Kippur, you’re supposed to build your sukkah.What’s fascinating is that the day after Yom Kippur was also seen as the first day of building for the two most important structures in Jewish history—the mishkan (home for the Ark of the Covenant), and the First Temple in Jerusalem.
This week, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard announced that she will be ending her life on November 1. Maynard has an aggressive form of brain cancer and has received a terminal diagnosis. Rather than putting her family and herself through the ordeal of a painful and drawn-out death, she has chosen physician assisted suicide, which is legal in Oregon. “Sometimes, like in the case of Brittany Maynard, it may be that choosing to end one’s life is actually in its own way an affirmation of life itself,”