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Food and Faith

A four-week window of Jewish holy days is approaching. I understand why we will spend more time in synagogue than usual. However, we will also spend more time at the dining room table. This isn’t a concession to human frailty; … Continue reading

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Character, Not Curriculum

During the 19th century, when England was largely populated by Bible-believing Christians, Thomas Henry Huxley was ahead of his time.  He invented the word ‘agnostic’ to explain himself and later devoted his life to promoting what he thought of as … Continue reading

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Built to Give

Do you know what a “men’s room” is?  When I first heard the phrase soon after I immigrated to the U.S. from England where I’d been studying, my mind conjured up a big screen television, a comfortable couch, and a … Continue reading

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A Sailor’s Life for Me

You don’t need the power of command in order to be a leader.  You don’t have to be able to fire, fine or imprison people in order to lead them. It is possible to influence others by evoking admiration. Let’s … Continue reading

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Make ‘em, Don’t Break ‘em

Have you noticed how politicians in every country, even those only slightly influenced by the teachings of Karl Marx, tend to drive wedges between segments of the electorate?  They specialize in fanning the flames of resentment of the poor against … Continue reading

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