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The War That Did Not End All Wars

The War That Did Not End All Wars

Assessing the sheer carnage of World War I and the new and deadlier ways of killing, H. G. Wells concluded that he had lived to see the “war to end all wars.” He was wrong. Wells died in 1946, having lived through the second - and even bloodier - world war. Wells...

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Confronting the Past – Yom Kippur 5779

A mammalian biology professor once assigned his international students a paper on elephants. The French students chose as his topic “The Cuisine of the Elephant.” The Italian student wrote on “The Romantic Life of the Elephant.” The German student wrote on “The...

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While waiting for the bus one frigid morning in January, another passenger-to-be turned to me and complained about the awful weather. I shrugged and said: “It’s only weather.” I was just as cold as my fellow traveler, just not as discontented. After all, it’s Canada....

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Thinking Too Highly of Oneself

Thinking Too Highly of Oneself

In 1969 Laurence J. Peter formulated what has become recognized as the Peter Principle. Peter observed that the tendency in most organizational hierarchies, such as that of a corporation for every employee to rise in the hierarchy through promotion until they reach...

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Remembering It Forward

Remembering It Forward

Professor Martin Seligman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (along with science writer John Tierney) reviewed in a June 4, 2017 article in the New York Times the latest advances in brain research. It now appears that a central function...

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The Evidence Room

The Evidence Room

On display at the Royal Ontario Museum until   January 28, 2018 is the Evidence Room. The exhibit depicts architect Robert Jan van Pelt’s detailed and important analysis of the Holocaust. Van Pelt, an architectural historian and founder of the science of forensic...

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Words

Words

A judge found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Conrad Roy III, her boyfriend. Carter’s weapon? Words. Conrad Roy III filled his truck with carbon monoxide in a Fairhaven, Massachusetts store parking lot just over three years ago. But...

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People Can Change

People Can Change

Norma McCorvey died of a heart ailment in Katy, Texas in February 17, 2017 at the age of 69. Her claim to fame was that her pregnancy and subsequent pursuit of a legal and safe abortion - though her life was not in jeopardy - resulted in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme...

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Three Cheers for Judaism

Judging by media reports, the Jewish people are not long for this world. Iran predicts that the demise of the State of Israel – now home to the majority of Jews in the world - is at hand. Hezbollah is reported to have amassed an arsenal of rockets numbering in the...

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What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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