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They do not speak in my name, nor I in theirs

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

As the Midrash says, there are seventy faces of Torah. I have chosen to follow a certain path within Orthodox Judaism, but I’m willing to admit that other paths are also valid. In particular, if other Jewish men and women find spiritual benefit from practicing a higher level of gender segregation than I favor ...

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“A family is a little commonwealth”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Matthew Yglesias points and jeers at an NYT article on how Newt Gingrich is trying to sell his third wife as an asset to his Presidential campaign. Gingrich, one of the leaders of the effort to impeach Bill Clinton for his marital misdeeds, negotiated the terms of his divorce with his first wife while she ...

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The woman in question

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Various news outlets have reported that a pro-life group is calling a fetus as a witness before the Ohio state legislature, which is debating a bill that would outlaw abortion in any case where the embryo or fetus has a detectable heartbeat.

This is incorrect reportage.

First, witnesses, by definition, give testimony, and a fetus ...

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One out of every four sentient species is a victim of domestic violence

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I have seen various discussions online about colonialism, and of course, these make me think about colonialism in SF—especially the kind where our planet becomes someone else’s colony.

Stereotypically, in these kinds of stories, the aliens are either Bad Guys or Good Guys. If they are Bad Guys, they dominate the planet by sheer brute ...

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Getting the point

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Seven-Year-Old had been spooked by a book he had been reading in his bed, and I was looking for something to distract him from his fears. I picked up Sally Miller Gerhart’s Wanderground, flipped through it, and then thought better of offering it to him.

“This probably isn’t a book for seven-year-olds,” I ...

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Missing the point

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Scene: A father is reading And Tango Makes Three to his three-year-old son.

Father: “…Roy and Silo taught Tango how to sing for them when she was hungry. They fed her food from their beaks. They snuggled her in their nest at night. Tango was the very first penguin in the zoo to have two ...

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Maybe he thought it was a commentary on Leviticus

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

At shul today, I noticed a guy reading Foucault’s History of Sexuality during the Torah reading.

Think of it as evolution inaction

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Stephen Stearns, an evolutionary biologist at Yale, believes that human evolution is still happening because, after all, some couples have more children than others, thereby changing the frequency distribution of alleles in the gene pool. So he and his colleagues went over some statistics from the Framingham Heart Study (going back to 1948) and discovered ...

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Pornonomics

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The authors of Freakonomics, pimping their next book, regale Sunday Times [UK] readers with the heart-warming tale of Allie, a prostitute with a heart of gold and a Visa card to match. The authors mention the precautions she takes to keep herself safe from her clients, her frustration with keeping her occupation secret from her ...

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Democrats grow spines, gonads, teeth

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Many progressives, myself included, have been concerned that (a) Democratic politicians are so used to losing that they will continue to act like losers on the floor of Congress, even when they are in the majority; (b) with war, the economy, and health care at the front of most people’s minds, Obama and the Congressional ...

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