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  • The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, and Me

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 29, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is also the 10th Commandment - the climax of God's revelation at Sinai. It's surprising because we all covet; we can't help it. So why did God make a...

  • You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

    By Jane Ulman

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination).

    And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.

    Indeed, with apologies to John...

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