Category Archives: promissory notes

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home My name Abigail means in Hebrew “father’s joy.”  Which tells us that, at birth, I’d already received my assignment. Since my father was considered, by a number of his classmates in Columbia University’s stellar class of … Continue reading

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What’s Unconscious?

What’s Unconscious? In recent columns, I’ve written about the mysterious effects of mind on body and their unpredictable intertwinings.   One reader has left Comments on these columns, twice urging me to read John E. Sarno’s book, The Divided Mind: … Continue reading

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The Kiss of God

The Kiss of God Nowadays, on Wednesday evenings, I drive to the local Chabad, when I can manage it, to study the Parshah (section from the Pentateuch being read during that week by Jews worldwide).  Their building is still under … Continue reading

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Disaggregation

Disaggregation Disaggregation!  What a title!  Masses of people will be pushing in to hear what I have to say about that one! It’s the polysyllabic term for what I need to do: separate out and deal with the present pileup … Continue reading

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Academic Gossip

Academic Gossip One of the seldom-mentioned pleasures of life in the academy – the House that Plato Built – is academic gossip.  It juxtaposes the life of ideas against real-life — whetting one’s appetite for both! I’m about two-thirds of … Continue reading

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Dragon Hunting

Dragon Hunting Dragon hunting has never, to my knowledge, been deemed the sport of kings since the requisite skills are not confined to any class of people, royal or other. Rather, the know-how is reserved for gifted souls. They know … Continue reading

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Colliding with the Book I Wrote

Colliding with the Book I Wrote Yesterday I started proofreading Confessions of a Young Philosopher, getting through the first of its three Parts, which bears the title, “Beginningwise.“ From this first go at it, I felt clobbered – just knocked … Continue reading

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The Transgressions of Jacob Taubes

The Transgressions of Jacob Taubes  Prominently featured in a recent issue of the New York Times Book Review is a biography titled Professor of Apocalypse: The Many Lives of Jacob Taubes by Jerry Z. Muller.  The reviewer is Mark Lilla, … Continue reading

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How Can We Know If It’s God?

How Can We Know If It’s God? Are we making a big mistake?  Couldn’t it be Tom, Dick, or Susie instead?  Well, no.  Those three friends are all palpable, visible, leave imprints when they sit on the couch, chat about … Continue reading

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A Therapeutic Proposal

A Therapeutic Proposal It’s hard to compare previous eras to this present one — which is always “the best of times and the worst of times.”  That said, there are features of life in our America that feel new to … Continue reading

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