Category Archives: Judaism

Situated in History

Situated in History This might be an unusual trait, but I am someone who has trouble knowing who she is, and what life asks of her, until she gets some clarity about her place in history. By “place in history” … Continue reading

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Christians, Jews, and The Great Rift

Christians, Jews, and The Great Rift I prefer to think of that world-historical-fault-line as a long, reparable misunderstanding.  Whether or not that’s the right view, personally I want to patch it up.  Yet I recall a Jewish scholar, speaking at … Continue reading

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The Soul Writ Large

The Soul Writ Large Plato wrote a dialogue on political justice.  In English it’s titled The Republic. Besides Socrates, the major speakers are Plato’s two brothers.  They are trying to solve a problem that’s been set up by an intruder … Continue reading

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Two Types of Intelligence

Two Types of Intelligence We’ve been in California this past week.  That’s where I go periodically for neuropathy treatments.  This time, the improvements weren’t merely measurable but also experiential.  For example, when we were trying to get to our connecting … Continue reading

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Tales of My Mother

Tales of My Mother Only in Victorian novels do we find good women who are also universally beloved.  Here, from the annals of literary memoir, is the view of my mother taken by the well-known writer, Diana Trilling.  Diana was … Continue reading

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Closure

Closure Whatever the world understands by “closure” – peace of mind after mental storms, acceptance after bitter loss, resetting of purposes after frustration, a body to bring home for burial after a shattering search – I mean something different and … Continue reading

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Days of Awe

Days of Awe On the anniversary of September 11, I often rerun the column that I posted here in September 2001, after my visit to the City, a week later.  Like many people, I’d felt shattered by the attack on … Continue reading

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Explain This.

Explain This. If the roof falls in or the ship is taking water, I’m the teammate you’ll want to have around.  I’ll do anything that seems to need doing and I won’t try to be important while I’m about it.  … Continue reading

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Light on the Longest Hatred

Light on the Longest Hatred I’d intended to devote this column to leisurely reflections on what I sometimes term “the Jewish assignment” in history.  Reflections prompted by a biography I’m now reading, with the title, Rabbi Leo Baeck: Living a … Continue reading

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The Man/Woman Thing

The Man/Woman Thing We were having dinner at the Mission Inn, which is one of the attractions of Riverside, the town in California where we stayed during the week of my neuropathy treatments.  The Mission Inn is an architectural and … Continue reading

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