Outlook & Insights

Demagogues – Korah 5784

In ancient Greece, a demagogue was a popular public speaker. There was nothing pejorative about the word. Over time, a demagogue became synonymous with a manipulative and ambitious upstart who uses rhetoric to gain power. It is in this sense that the Rabbis see Korah....

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Trust – Behar 5784

Johnny Carson was the erstwhile king of late-night talk shows until his retirement in 1992. Few will remember his humble beginnings as a game show host. “Who Do You Trust?” was a show that capitalized on the contestants’ willingness to rely on their partners (hence...

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Fairness – Emor 5784

I came across an interesting observation made by a contemporary rabbi whose name is not important but whose view is, since it probably represents popular thinking. Writing on the Torah portion Emor under the title “It’s Not Fair,” this rabbi says: “Even a child knows...

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Acts of Love – Kedoshim 5784

As a phenomenon, love is an emotion that bonds people to each other or to an ideal. As an evolutionary tool, love keeps parents together long enough to enable their children to develop and reach sexual maturity and independence. As an emotion, it is difficult indeed...

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Words to Live By

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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