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Sep 10, 2021, 7:57 AM
Finding What You’re Not Looking For
On Shabbat, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. One of the indelible images from the aftermath of the attacks is that of hundreds of search and rescue personnel and dogs looking for survivors in the...
Mar 25, 2021, 5:31 PM
Should we make whole what is broken?
On Saturday night, the vast majority of Jews around the world will celebrate Pesach with three matzot on their table. However, Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, better known as the Vilna Gaon, argued that one should not use three matzot...
Sep 25, 2020, 8:24 AM
Why Doctors Go To Gehinnom and What That Means For The Rest Of Us
Over the last six months the plight of medical professionals struggling against the coronavirus has been a tragically reoccurring headline. Throughout the pandemic people have sought to thank doctors, nurses, and others for all that they have done. It...
Sep 21, 2020, 9:03 AM
The Music of Silence
The following was given as a sermon on the first day of Rosh Hashana 5781: On a late summer day in 1952, the pianist David Tudor took the stage of Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York to debut a...
Sep 17, 2020, 8:18 AM
From Poor Beginnings to Positive Endings
Since John Dewey founded the progressive education movement in the late 19th century, the world of education has been torn between competing traditional and progressive theories about how best to educate children. Yet, after more than a century of...
May 8, 2020, 8:02 AM
What We Hide Behind Our Masks
Since the CDC recommended wearing cloth masks, their use has become a contentious fault line in American politics and culture. Experts suggest that wearing masks can slow the transmission of the coronavirus. It is widely believed that wearing a...
Apr 6, 2020, 11:38 PM
Maror: A Bitter Treat
There is a deep tension at the heart of the Haggadah: are we reenacting our ancestors' experience in Egypt or celebrating their redemption? “This year we are slaves, next year we will be free people”, we recite at the...
Mar 9, 2020, 8:27 AM
The Mitzvah to Remember
The spread of coronavirus around the world is challenging us in many different ways. For the most vulnerable amongst us, it represents a true health risk. Even in the overwhelming majority of us, who in the event that we...
Oct 3, 2019, 8:35 AM
A New Home for the New Year
In 2011, with the country still struggling to recover from the great recession, Chris Arnade, a Wall Street bond trader, embarked on a new project, one that would ultimately become a book entitled Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row...
Sep 26, 2019, 5:52 PM
The Healing Power of Relationships
In the 1920’s, a controversy raged in the psychoanalytic circles of Vienna between Sigmund Freud and his renegade student, Otto Rank. Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, believed the main driver of human thought and behavior was the libido. People,...
Noah Leavitt has an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University. He received smicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.