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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,...
Sep 4, 2019, 4:36 AM
Baseball, Cricket, and Tzedakah
Some have said it was one of the greatest sporting moments of all time. It took place just a few days ago at the Ashes, a best of five match cricket series played every two years between Australia and...
Aug 1, 2019, 5:30 AM
The Three Weeks and the Making of the Unrigid Mind
The haftorahs that we read during the three weeks, the three of affliction, and those that we read on the following weeks, the seven haftorahs of consolation, include some of the most stirring prophetic passages. These visions and other...
Apr 18, 2019, 10:01 AM
What’s in a question?
Woody Allen once remarked that “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” At first glance it may seem as if his quote is an accurate assessment of the least participatory figure in the Haggadah, the child who does not...
Apr 1, 2019, 6:01 AM
Aaron or an abstraction: reflections on the AIPAC Policy Conference
Last Monday morning, I entered the Washington Convention Center, along with 18,000 other delegates, for the AIPAC Policy Conference to hear a who’s who of nationally renowned politicians speak. Bill DiBlasio, Mike Pence, and Nikki Haley were all on...
Nov 21, 2018, 7:44 PM
What We Are Thankful for on Thanksgiving
On Friday September 25th, 1789 a fierce debate broke out in Congress, Congressman Elias Boudinot of New Jersey introduced a resolution that enraged his colleague Aedanus Burke from South Carolina. The controversial resolution called for the creation of a...
Oct 5, 2018, 9:52 AM
What Shemini Atzeret Teaches Us about Love
There is no other way to say it. When compared with all the other chagim, Shemini Atzeret is unusual. It commemorates no historical event and it marks no point in the agricultural cycle. So what are we supposed to...
Sep 22, 2018, 12:34 AM
Angels Amongst Us
In the days of the Beit Hamikdash the focal point of Yom Kippur was not the stirring the melody of Kol Nidrei, which we have just recited, or the heartfelt pleas of Neilah. It was instead the ritual of...
Sep 13, 2018, 7:01 PM
Finding Our True Selves
I once swallowed a toothpick. As crazy at that sounds, it actually happened. I’m not sure if it was tucked inside a sliced turkey wrap or hidden inside of a pastrami sandwich, but somehow, six years ago, I swallowed a...
Noah Leavitt has an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University. He received smicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and from Rabbi Shlomo Riskin.