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Sep 22, 16

In sum, a total of seven core values corresponding to the most basic number in Judaism's construction of reality.

The Centrality of Modern Israel

Hebrew: The Irreplaceable Language of Jewish Expression

Devotion to the Ideal of Klal Yisrael

The Defining Role of Torah in the Reshaping of Judaism

The Study of Torah

The Governance of Jewish Life by Halakha

Belief in God

For Judaism, then, God is a felt presence rather than a visible form, a voice rather than a vision. Revelation tends to be an auditory and not a visual experience.

Theology compels us to turn verbs into nouns. We know God not through appearance, but effect.

What Conservative Judaism offers the growing number of Jews hungry for the holy is a sacred cluster where standards are coupled with compassion, scholarship with spirit, piety with intellectual honesty, and parochial passion with universalism — a prescription for salvation in this world and the one to come.

Sep 21, 16

Havel said that the Plastics were defending "life's intrinsic desire to express itself freely, in its own authentic and sovereign way", which is as close to a perfect definition of both democracy and rock and roll as has ever been stated.

Zappa met Havel at Prague Castle and presented the new president with several ideas on how to help Czechoslovakia move into the democratic age, such as cellular phones and tourism. 

The Plastic People were ultimately a major catalyst to the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe. History would most surely have been very different without them. Apart from the aforementioned Beatles and the Velvet Underground, there's not a lot of rock and roll bands you can say that about.

Sep 19, 16

Life is full of trials and tribulations, and the storm in your desert is indicative of this threat. Was the storm far off in the distance moving away from you? Then perhaps you have brighter days on the horizon. Was your cube caught in the middle of a violent thunderstorm? In this case, you likely feel a similar way in your current daily life.

Sep 19, 16

Prototyping big decisions like a career change or a move, meanwhile, guards against blowing up your life to rush headlong into the alluring unknown, or worse, taking no action for years, unhappily.

..a key part of the book, is an assignment to come up with three “Odyssey Plans” that map out the next five years of your life in radically different ways.

Sep 15, 16

Earlier this summer, I found myself in the middle of a lively debate because of my work on climate change and the ethics of having children. NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden profiled some of my work in procreative ethics with an article entitled, “Should we be having kids in the age of climate change?” She summarized...

  • When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false.
  • Put simply, Pascal suggests that before disagreeing with someone, first point out the ways in which they’re right. And to effectively persuade someone to change their mind, lead them to discover a counter-point of their own accord.
  • But if I start by saying, ‘Ah yeah, you made a couple of really good points here, I think these are important issues,’ now you’re giving the other party a reason to want to co-operate as part of the exchange. And that gives you a chance to give voice your own concerns about their position in a way that allows co-operation.”
Sep 13, 16

In 1972, a harrowing photograph of a young girl screaming out in pain from a napalm burn was on the front page of newspapers around the world. This photo taken by Nick Ut is often credited with helping to make real for audiences the atrocities of the Vietnam War, contributing to a shift in public...

Sep 12, 16

New York Time's columnist David Brooks talks about the transformation of the Democratic and Republican parties during the 2016 election cycle.

Sep 11, 16

"To Jones, the whole thing validated the apocryphal credo of spywork: deny everything, admit nothing, make counter-accusations."

  • To Jones, the whole thing validated the apocryphal credo of spywork: deny everything, admit nothing, make counter-accusations.
  • To Reid’s surprise, the president defended the CIA’s actions.
  • Feinstein, whose demeanor is universally described as calm, excoriated him – “just fucking floored him”, the former senior Senate aide said – accusing McDonough of being relieved the Democrats lost the chamber because now the administration could run out the clock on making the report public.

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  • habits of mind within the media were making citizens and voters even more fatalistic and jaded about public affairs than they would otherwise be—even more willing to assume that all public figures were fools and crooks, even less willing to be involved in public affairs, and unfortunately for the media even less interested in following news at all.
  • The central idea, he said, is that “liberal democracy is corrupt, inefficient, chaotic and, ultimately, not democratic.”
  • [Russian media] depict the West as grim, divided, brutal, decadent, overrun with violent immigrants and unstable.

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Sep 05, 16

Notice the correlation between our times of economic prosperity and capital tax rates. Why is this argument not made in defence or raising upper income taxes?

  • Judicial review is required, perhaps a closed-door court similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, before anyone, especially a citizen, is placed on an assassination list."
  • Bill Keller of the New York Times: "The decline in Obama’s political fortunes, the Great Disappointment, can be attributed to four main factors: the intractable legacy bequeathed by George W. Bush; Republican resistance amounting to sabotage; the unrealistic expectations and inevitable disenchantment of some of the president’s supporters; and, to be sure, the man himself."
  • Digby states the obvious: "I would never have thought that Democrats would greet a major economic downturn with promises to cut [social safety-net] programs. It increases people's anxiety about their personal future and takes away the most important rationale for trusting Democrats. It's extremely odd to see this happening."
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  • “Every month I get a threat,” said Marie Talasova, a top lawyer for the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Finance. “We have to review the risks, how strong the claim is. We try to minimize the costs of the state.”

  • The most popular approach to controlling the inflammatory phase of scleroderma is the use of immunosuppressive therapy.
  • There are several drugs that are being used, but only a few well designed studies have been performed. These immunosuppressing drugs include methotrexate, cyclosporine, antithymocyte globulin, mycophenolate mofetil and cyclophosphamide.
  • The most effective and popular vasodilator therapy continues to be the calcium channel blockers (e.g., nifedipine).

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  • I would support a ham sandwich for president if it were the only thing standing between Trump and the Oval Office.
  • Moderates and reasonable Republicans who are considering voting for Trump portray it as a choice between two unpalatable options. But it isn’t.
  • It’s a choice between one unpalatable option and one demagogue who operates outside of our democratic traditions, promoting racism, condoning violence and moving paranoia into the mainstream.

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  • In many ways, her problem at the mike is the opposite of Mr. Trump’s — cerebral, calculated, stripped of all spontaneity and risk, her style epitomizes what fans of “tell it like it is” bluntness think of as untrustworthy.
Aug 28, 16

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  • Katrina Pierson offered this classic bit of spin: “He hasn’t changed his position on immigration. He’s changed the words that he’s saying.”
  • “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy”
  • “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield.”

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  • "It is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive," the report states.

  • Erick Erickson, a conservative Trump critic, dismissed the move as “doubling down on crazy,”
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