Category Archives: Social Issues

Imagining a Unified World

Imagine what the world would be like if people felt a genuine awareness of the common oneness that bonds all people. Imagine how different it would be. Would we wage war and use our resources to build weapons of mass destruction? Would we need police and courts to stop us from taking advantage of one […]

Tears of Stone

Standing at the top of the mountain, across the Western Wall Plaza, I can see thousands of people streaming in from all directions. Jews of all colors and manners of dress, and many non-Jews among them, make their way as if by some magnetic attraction, to the Western Wall. The evening sky is cool and […]

Show Me the Money

Money and toilet paper have a few things in common: It is considered impolite, even uncultured, to speak about them openly in public. Nevertheless, both are necessary parts of life that everyone has to deal with. And if you need some and you don’t have any, you’re in deep trouble.   The Rebbe once visited […]

Educating the Child

One of the greatest paradoxes in education, whether it comes to educating others or educating oneself on the path to of personal growth and enlightenment, is the struggle between quantity and quality. Indeed the paradox extends to almost every area of life, from relationships to career development: Should I amass volume by striving to accomplish […]

The Banality of Good

If I had to sum up all of the mystical and kabbalistic wisdom I managed to absorb thus far into one catchphrase, it would be this: Learn to live in the moment. It is, for me at least, the foundation upon which all other pursuits are based. If we cannot master the art of perceiving […]

Wasted Words

In all the hype surrounding the upheaval in the Middle East and the latest political charades in the so-called peace process, I noticed a shocking level of illiteracy prevalent in the discussion by politicians, experts, and the media. So I thought maybe I would help clear the air by providing a few simple definitions that […]

Who’s the Stranger?

Do I want to raise my children in a world where people you don’t know are referred to as “strangers”? What a curious term. And somewhat cynical. The implication is that this person is stranger than you and I, or strange to us, or even estranged from us. But, to the vast majority of people […]

Welcome to the Masquerade

If Shakespeare thought England circa 1600 was absurd, imagine what he would have thought of Persia in 400 BCE, or, for that matter Global Civilization 2010, where all the world is a wacky, crooked stage and all the people its drunken players. On the surface, the Megillah, the Scroll of Esther, reads like a suspenseful […]

We Are the Aliens

The human obsession with things extraterrestrial has waxed and waned over the years, the constant companion of ideological upheaval and theological hegemony. In the 20th Century, with the discovery of what looked like planets orbiting distant sun-like stars, the search for ET took off in earnest. But the subsequent Moon and Mars missions, and extensive […]

Heal Your Self, Save the World

The idea that we, as individuals, can save the world seems to reek of at least a little bit of egoism. What kind of inflated sense of self-worth leads us to seriously believe that we have the power to affect radical change within the evolving complex web of geopolitical maneuverings and multifarious human interactions? Do […]