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Giving Thanks

Science demonstrates that the instinct to seek justice–defined in the sense of seeking revenge or self-protective retaliation or third-party moralistic punishment–is found in many species.  Guppies, to site a humble example, send out scouting parties to keep a collective eye on big predatory fish.   The members of the scouting party take turns approaching the big […]

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The Runway

In the “Justice” issue of Parabola, the great Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsalz talks about the difference between limited and infinite knowledge.  “When it comes to real knowledge, we do not have it,” he explains in an interview conducted in Israel this past summer. ” The divine knowledge, being all-encompassing, is something very different.” Who […]

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Living Ferociously

On Wednesday, I waited most of the day while my husband had surgery on his spine at Beth Israel in Manhattan.  I knew it would come out well.   He had a brilliant surgeon, a member of the renowned Spine Institute of New York, who assured us that he had done this particular procedure about eight […]

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True Colors Shining Through

As I walked the dog this morning, I noticed a number of my neighbors had American flags up.  I suspect that in most cases showing the flag was an election day signal that they firmly believed in putting  “Country First,” John McCain’s campaign slogan–this corner of Northern Westchester is surprisingly red for being so close […]