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Can Sibling Rivalry Be Ontological?

In the top-floor, high-ceiling, six-room New York apartment where my parents once lived, next to the dining room table and in front of the window, there stood a tall potted plant. It grew and grew, though I don’t recall our giving … Continue reading

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Acting in Real Time

Of all the forms of worship I know about, Biblical religion is the one most wedded to chronology. It carries the message that the action called for cannot be postponed. It must be done now. There is a concomitant duty … Continue reading

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Religions, Cultures and Powers

As Jerry and I recover from our everything-that-could-go-wrong-did-go-wrong air travel experience, I’ve been taking this week to assimilate the intensely interesting experiences at the Theology Without Walls meetings in Denver. My reflections nestled around three questions: What did the TWW … Continue reading

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Fine Tuning and Blunt Retooling

Lately I’ve been reading a lovely little book by Owen Gingerich, Harvard Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science. It’s titled God’s Universe, and – as you can guess – its aim is to make clear that faith and … Continue reading

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God’s Orders

God’s Orders In the past fortnight, I did something whose consequence makes it possible for me to return to the temple from which I’d walked away last March.  I had private zoom conversations with two temple leaders who had, I … Continue reading

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Does Anti-Semitism Have Sex Appeal?

Does Anti-Semitism Have Sex Appeal? Is it sexy to be anti-semitic?  Well, it must be, since it’s a mode of organizing human desire that just won’t quit. In bygone times, when distaste for all-things-Jewish was naively proud of itself, it … Continue reading

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What a Woman Needs is Philosophy

What a Woman Needs is Philosophy Let’s say there is some connection between how you live and what you think.  And let’s say philosophy, which in Greek means love of wisdom, gives you the chance to see how your own … Continue reading

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As If We Were Free

As If We Were Free We are just back from the pleasant French city of Montreal in Canada, where Jerry and I gave papers and attended the presentations of others at the meetings of the Eric Voegelin Society, a group … Continue reading

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Putting Order Into History

Putting Order Into History Aviva Zornberg has written another of her inspired books about the Bible, this one suggestively titled, The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis.   Why read the Bible?  Isn’t it a just collection of stories that … Continue reading

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Desire and Defamation

Desire and Defamation Defamation tends to obliterate the erotic appeal of the person being defamed.  That’s one reason it’s so infuriatingly irreparable.  It makes the victim seem undesirable.  We are social animals.  We live by each other’s smiles and frowns. … Continue reading

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