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Persecution and the Art of Writing

  Persecution and the Art of Writing That’s the catchy title of a book published in the 1950’s by a man named Leo Strauss – initially derided, later enormously influential.  Outside philosophy and political theory, Strauss’s name is not generally … Continue reading

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“The Real World”

“The Real World” Is there a real world? There are those who deny it, and they are not the smallest fry in the ranks of the influential. I’ve been reading a new book called Winning Arguments by Stanley Fish, a … Continue reading

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“Thankfulness”

“Thankfulness”  The other day, in the Saturday morning Torah Study class at my Reform temple, we were studying the verses on the ancient temple cultus detailed – and I mean detailed – in the Book of Leviticus. My patience with … Continue reading

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“Integrity”

“Integrity” What is integrity? Is it a dull thing that you get by means of conformism and conventional thinking? Or is it interesting? It’s really, I think, neither conventional nor unconventional, neither conformist nor anti-conformist, neither respectable nor defiant of … Continue reading

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