Archives January 2006

Our pre-schooler contemplates weighty themes of Jewish philosophy

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When told, on Friday afternoon, that he was not allowed to watch TV on Shabbat, The 3½-Year-old declared, “Hashem is a bad Hashem.” Pause. “But he brought us out of Egypt.”

Only a frum parent…

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

...can read this book review and calculate, as if by instinct, how $2,000 per month compares with day-school tuition.

via Mark Kleiman

A too-keen-by-half psychological insight

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Chullin 109b has these, er, comforting words:

Yalta said to Rav Nachman [her husband]: Because for everything that the Merciful One forbade us, He permitted something equal:

  1. He forbade us blood—He permitted liver;

  2. having sexual relations during menstruation—having sexual relations when the blood does not cause ritual impurity;

  3. forbidden fat from a domesticated animal—the fat ...

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Toddler blogging (one in a very occasional series, I promise)

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

“But with the blast shield down, I can’t see anything!”

Annals of media consolidation

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.


While other ABC shows have gay characters – including the new comedy “Crumbs” – “Neighborhood” features a real gay couple and their prospective neighbors in a continuing dialogue about homosexuality, including interpretations of the Bible.

In a recent interview, Richard Land, an official with the Southern Baptist Convention involved in the negotiations with Disney ...

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An Authentic Indian™

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Globe profiles Q’orianka Kilcher, who will play Pocahontas in the upcoming movie The New World:

At age 14 and a veritable acting novice, Kilcher was cast as Pocahontas after an international search for an age-appropriate, indigenous-culture actress. Though she lives with her Swiss-Alaskan mother in Los Angeles and studies music, her father is a ...

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Theologically incorrect

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

“Shall we accept pleasure from God, and not accept pain?” —Job 2:10

A Jew, a Christian, and an atheist on my blogroll have all grumbled about how the press throws around terms like “miracle” and “prayers answered” to describe good news, but avoids such language to describe bad news. On the one hand ...

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The God he doesn’t believe in, I don’t believe in either

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In a much-blogged-about interview with a German magazine, the philosopher Daniel Dennett waxes theological:

Another idea of Nietzsche’s was that God is dead. Is that also a logical conclusion reached by Darwinism?
It is a very clear consequence. The argument for design, I think, has always been the best argument for the existence ...

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Ten words

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Steve Benen passes along Governor Vilsack’s question: “What are your ten words that define the Democratic Party’s message?” Here are mine:

When shit happens, the government should be on your side.

see also Mark Kleiman’s entry

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