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Wickedness and Suffering

Wickedness and Suffering Does that heading about cover it?  Eugene Ionesco, the brilliant Franco-Romanian playwright, wrote Tueur sans gages [Killer without wages], a play that opens with his characters marveling over the great neighborhood to which they feel fortunate to … Continue reading

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“It Is No Secret”

“It Is No Secret” Years ago, when I was first in Jerusalem, I put a note in the Western Wall. “Did you pray at the Wall?” my Israeli cousins asked me, with their native-born, knowing irony. “Of course,” I rejoined. … Continue reading

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Michael Wyschogrod

Michael Wyschogrod  When the Jewish Review of Books arrived a few days ago, I noticed with pleasure the cover article, “Michael Wyschogrod  and the Challenge of God’s Scandalous Love.” Good! I thought. Michael is being attended to and treated as … Continue reading

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“Birthday!”

“Birthday!”  The way you can tell that “I” don’t choose these topics (but respond – as if to an inner prompt) is instanced here: why would anyone (over twenty one) choose that one? My acupuncturist tells me that I’m 29 … Continue reading

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“The Suffering of the Situation”

“The Suffering of the Situation” While the record snowfall piled up, higher than my shoulders where it touched the house in some corners, I was not thinking how beautiful it all was. I was not breaking out the marshmallows to … Continue reading

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“Happiness”

“Happiness” “Call no man happy until he is dead,” said Solon, the ancient sage, to Croesus. Croesus was “rich as Croesus,” as the saying goes, and king of Lydia. So he was nonplussed at Solon’s reluctance to admit that he … Continue reading

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“Conversations with My Foot”

Conversations with My Foot The other day I got an email from Elmer Sprague, my long-time friend and senior colleague. He’d read “It’s Not Enough to be Intelligent” and heard its distress call. As indeed some other friends had. “Dear … Continue reading

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