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Ten Plagues of the 21st Century
“It’s not that I have an issue with her having sex, per se, it’s just that it should mean something. You know?” That’s what a parent I met years ago said about his suspicion that his teenage daughter was having casual sex in his home while he and his wife were away on a brief […]
Should We Really Label Our Children? Yes…Sometimes.
I’ve always been troubled by the “four children” in the Haggadah. Passover is supposed to teach our children about how we can create a world filled with more justice, kindness and compassion, so where I struggle is with the idea of calling a child inherently “wise, wicked, simply or unable to ask.” I had always been taught that […]
A Dog at the Seder
As a child, the great Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas noticed that dogs appear in Torah at a crucial moment. On the night of the tenth plague, Torah says, “not a dog was barking” (Ex. 11:7). Young Manny wondered at this. Why do dogs deserve to be mentioned? How could they have known what a momentous […]