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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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Jewish Forgiveness

Jewish Forgiveness For some readers, this title is an oxymoron and might even prompt a double take.  Are we talking about non-Jews forgiving Jews, and how they can do it?  Surely Jews have a problem with forgiveness and grace.  Jews … Continue reading

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Why I Failed to Notice that I’m Happy

Why I Failed to Notice that I’m Happy Lately, I’ve been passing through what a friend called “a perfect storm” of setbacks.  When they mount to a certain number, you can’t tell what’s big and what’s little.  Anyway, they came … Continue reading

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Levinas, the Other, and Me

Levinas, the Other, and Me Some years ago, I went to a conference on Emmanuel Levinas at the University of Chicago.  I had just discovered Levinas, found him a dramatically original and appealing philosopher, and went out there with no … Continue reading

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How Did I Get To Be This Happy?

How Did I Get To Be This Happy? If I put this question to an existentialist, the answer would be: “Because you’re inauthentic.  You walk around in bad faith.”  The human situation can be deemed absurd (if you’re feeling French) … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Revisited

Forgiveness Revisited Lately I’ve come to a new attitude toward forgiveness and, for me, it’s a really great change.  You might say, it’s a move closer to the Christian view, but that would be misleading.  The change was prompted by … Continue reading

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Proceedings and Addresses

Proceedings and Addresses Proceedings is the shared forum, like the Athenian agora, where American philosophers who have managed to command the attention of their colleagues publish their invited addresses. Since 2000, I’ve stepped down from active faculty status (though not … Continue reading

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The Baal Shem Tov

The Baal Shem Tov The Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name) is the preeminent Hassidic master, the 18th-century founder (1700-1760) and prototype of any follower who practices in that tradition.  His very presence was said to be a … Continue reading

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Getting Airier

Getting Airier A funny thing happened while I was riding California, the horse that’s smarter than I am.  I’d been telling my trainer the various things I’d managed to get done while the pandemic had placed us all under house … Continue reading

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Who Can You Believe?

Who Can You Believe? Since I don’t ask questions like the one above just to answer them with an urbane shoulder shrug, I’ll be glad to tell you.  About a week ago, I received a call from someone I really … Continue reading

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