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  • Losing to Gain: The Central Paradox of Death Rituals - The Break that Binds

    August 27, 2014 | 6:00 am

    Central to religious practice, rituals may often seem intentionally obtuse, to the point of irrationality. This, in fact may be their very purpose. By devising rituals that at times seem to make little or no sense to the uninitiated, those who learn to perform the rituals - if not...

  • ‘A Mighty Heart’ needs moral clarity

    By Judea Pearl

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I used to believe that the world essentially divided into two types of people: those who were broadly tolerant and those who felt threatened by differences. If only the forces of tolerance could win out over the forces of intolerance, I reasoned, the world might finally know some...
  • Upsetting the Bipartisan Applecart

    By James D. Besser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is a troubling paradox: Israel may be protected from new pressure from Washington by the upcoming presidential election, but that protection could foreshadow long-term damage to U.S.-Israel relations.

    The reason: more and more, the pro-Israel effort is getting sucked into the...

  • Accepting Paradox

    By Michael Gotlieb

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    After killing an Egyptian taskmaster for nearly beating to death an Israelite slave, Moses, who is introduced in this week's Torah portion, flees for his life. Like so many biblical figures, he escapes to the desert. While there, he encounters something that defies nature: a bush on...