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In recent decades, the holiday of Tu B’Shvat has increasingly been celebrated as a Jewish Earth Day, marked by the celebration of nature and environmentalist activism. But is that really what Tu B’Shvat is about? In this brief conversation with Tikvah Executive Director Eric Cohen, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik takes a closer look at the […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Chapter 1: The Purpose of Interfaith Dialogue Chapter 2: How Not to Conduct Jewish-Christian Dialogue Chapter 3: Jews, Christians, and Israel Chapter 4: Lowest Common Denominators Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church’s 1965 Declaration on the Relation of the Church […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher.  Chapter 1: Who Was Leo Strauss? Chapter 2: Esotericism, Revelation, and the Limits of Reason Chapter 3: The Philosophic Life Chapter 4: Historicism Versus Natural Right Chapter 5: Strauss as a Jewish Thinker Friends and critics alike agree that […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Death, Dignity, and the Chevra Kadisha Chapter 2: The Work of the Burial Society Chapter 3: True Kindness Chapter 4: Can Dying Teach Us How to Live? Death is an uncomfortable topic. It has deprived us of people […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: The Jewish Response to Crisis Chapter 2: Assimilation, Resistance, or Isolation? Chapter 3: A Different Jewish Politics Chapter 4: Sovereignty and the Creative Minority Chapter 5: The End of History and Hopes for the Future From the breakdown […]

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Man and Woman: An Old Story

October 10, 2017 | By: Leon Kass

In the modern West, the very notion that men and women have different and complimentary natures is taken as outdated at best and bigoted at worst. But the great texts of the Western tradition, beginning with the Hebrew Bible, have long offered deep wisdom on this very issue. In “Man and Woman: An Old Story,” […]

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The Book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most challenging in the entire Hebrew Bible. Authored in the name of “Kohelet son of David”—identified by Jewish tradition as King Solomon—the book is a deeply philosophical meditation on the search for happiness by a man who has everything. Often misunderstood, argues Ethan Dor-Shav, Kohelet’s thought  is […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Addiction, Spirituality, and Public Policy Chapter 2: Alcoholics Anonymous and the Limits of Science Chapter 3: Soul Sickness Chapter 4: Exodus and Addiction America is in the throes of an addiction crisis. The ravages of the opioid epidemic […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: Reason, Emotion, and Faith Chapter 2: Proofs and Prophecies Chapter 3: Rabbi Noach Weinberg and the Ba’al Teshuva Movement Chapter 4: Experiencing Orthodoxy Chapter 5: Truths Too Hard to Admit When Ellen Willis’s brother Michael decided to leave […]

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Press play below to listen to the podcast, download it in the iTunes Store, or stream it via Stitcher. Chapter 1: The Virtue of Mortality Chapter 2: Body, Soul, and Afterlife Chapter 3: Family—the Jewish Answer to Mortality Chapter 4: Who Believes in the Future? When Jews raise their glasses in celebration, they toast “l’chaim!” “to life!” Judaism’s belief […]

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