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  • Tempting Fate

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 7, 2014 | 1:00 am

    I’m a literal person. I inherited it from my father, alav hashalom. He was the kind of guy who would call up a business, ask to speak with someone, and when the receptionist inquired, “May I ask who is calling?” he would answer, simply, “Yes,” then wait through the awkward pause...

  • Dybbuks, demons and exorcism in Judaism

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 27, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    “Civilized people lose their religion easily, but rarely their superstitions.”
    — Karl Goldmark

    Rabbi Isaac Luria, one of the greatest of Jewish mystics, would walk in the hills of 16th century Safed and point out to his students the souls of the dead, often standing on their...

  • Religion: The ‘first and worst’ explanation

    October 23, 2008 | 1:25 am

    Until about 1832, when it first seems to have become established as a noun and a concept, the term "scientist" had no really independent meaning.

    "Science" meant "knowledge" in much the same way as "physic" meant medicine, and those who conducted experiments or organized field...

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