Monthly Archives: July 2016

Yisrael Ha’Yom Loves Donald Trump

“I love Israel” (thank you, Yitz Landes)

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Wild Raspberries (Riverside Park)

In the Forever Wild sanctuary in Riverside Park just off and above 116th Street there are wild raspberries along the path. They taste okay.

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New York Subway Lost At Night (Messiah)

Okay, it didn’t quite look like this at all, but this is definitely what it felt like travelling underground on the subway late last night on the way home after meeting up with a friend downtown. Engrossed deeply in Jacob Neusner’s … Continue reading

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Ethics Independent of Halakhah? (Aharon Lichtenstein)

From Modern Jewish Ethics, edited by Marvin Fox, and since re-printed, here are the main ligaments to Aharon Lichtenstein’s famous question cum essay, “Does Jewish Tradition Recognize An Ethic Independent of Halakah?” I have re-arranged the parts out of sequence … Continue reading

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(Jewish Ethics) Depends Upon How You Choose The Terms

Does Jewish ethics exist? It depends. Again sticking with Modern Jewish Ethics, the 1975 collection of essays edited by Marvin Fox, Aharaon Lichtenstein put it quite bluntly. “[A]s formulated, this particular query is a studded minefield, ever key term is an … Continue reading

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So 1970s (Modern Jewish Ethics) (Marvin Fox)

My search for Jewish ethics pointed me back to this little classic, Modern Jewish Ethics: Theory and Practice, edited by the inestimable Marvin Fox. Full of surprises, this anthology of essay is a neat little time capsule from the 1970s. Published in … Continue reading

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Mizrachi Jewish Israeli Arab (Biton Committee)

I was unsure what to make of it when this largely unnoticed story broke about the Biton Committee Report advocating the teaching of Mizrachi culture in the Israeli educational system. In lieu of my own analysis, here’s the opinion piece … Continue reading

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