Category Archives: social climbing

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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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

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 to the point where, in tears, I said … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Philosophy

Philosophy and Philosophy In recent months, I’ve been reading books that — if I weave them together — bestow overviews of two major branches of philosophy: Analytic Philosophy and Continental Philosophy.  They have dominated the field for the last hundred … 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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The Past 150 Years: Looking Backwards

The Past 150 years: Looking Backwards I’ve said, and I believe, that our lives are the true stories of who we are – something we find out as we try out the deeds that appear to express who we are … Continue reading

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The Other Culture War

The Other Culture War People live and die by ideas.  That’s not the only thing we live and die by, but ideas are big in the lives of all of us.  For the last 100 years or so, trend-setting thinkers … Continue reading

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Confessions

Confessions Last night I was trying to cope with a digestive disaster and wondering what on earth could have caused it, since it didn’t seem to have the usual obvious connection with food.  Two explanations presented themselves. First, a possible … Continue reading

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Are We Seeing a Culture Shift?

Are We Seeing a Culture Shift? Dates vary, when people try to characterize a phase of culture, but for (let us say) the past 50 years, opinion-shapers in our culture have functioned under the aegis of the following influences:  post-structuralism, … Continue reading

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