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  • Rousseau, Civilized Man and Chametz in the Heart!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 23, 2013 | 10:33 pm

    It is generally viewed as a success of the Enlightenment that we have cast off what philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau called “homme sauvage” (the natural, free, wild man) and built up the “homme civilize” (the civilized, enlightened, modern man). As Rousseau, who paradoxically...

  • Books: Reimagining the future of the Jewish People

    By Amy Klein

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After the destruction of the Second Temple two millennia ago, a group of scholars came together to discuss the nature of Judaism in a post-Temple world.

    Their discussions, which make up the Talmud, set forth a path for the future of Judaism to come.

    "Now, once again, a group of...

  • The Spin on Spinoza—Rebel or Traitor?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity" by Rebecca Goldstein (Schoken, $19.95).

    In high school, I read and reread two fluent, erudite surveys of philosophy until the pages of the books fell to pieces. By the time the glue bindings cracked on Will Durant's "The...

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