Category: Books

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Mr. Dawkins misfires

Reviewers have not been kind to The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, professor of something called “the public understanding of science” at Oxford. Critics have found it to be the atheist’s mirror image of...

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A glass gem instead of a diamond

16 bKislev 5767 “After the prince lost the first two diamonds that the king gave him, the king gave him a beautifully cut glass gem for the prince’s ring.” That is the parable used...

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Was Ezra haredi?

Was Biblical Ezra the Scribe ultra-Orthodox? What lies behind this seemingly silly question is a set of serious questions: When did Torah-observant Jewry divide into Orthodox, modern Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, etc.? Were Moshe Rabbenu, Ezra...

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End of heterodoxy, deja vu.

29 b Heshvan On November 27 Ori Pomerantz posed a question under the heading, The end of heterodoxy? Imagine that tonight there was a miracle, and tomorrow morning all the rabbis and chazzanim of...

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“Preparing to Rejoice” — NY Times

Two articles in the NY Times in the last few days caught my attention. The first: August 12, 2005 After Decades of Disappointment, Gazans Are Preparing to Rejoice By GREG MYRE Already from the...

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Let’s Celebrate Chanukah

In his much admired new book commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America, Jonathan Sarna displays a 1879 poster announcing the Great Revival of the Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka. In the accompanying...

Skeptical About Skeptics

In a column in Scientific American (Nov., pg. 34) appropriately enough called Skeptic, Michael Shermer (publisher of a journal that bears that name) tells us what is wrong with the recent spate of scientific...

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