Month: January 2022

Why Do Successful Capitalists Speak Like Socialists?

Question of the Week: Why does it seem like SO MANY business owners and multi-millionaires have a warped idea of the way capitalism and economics works? Example: Warren Buffet comes across very much as a socialist in the way he talks about the earned income credit. In an interview with the CEO of Alibaba he...

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The Unread Book Review

Is it great literature or virtue-signaling? In addition to his ‘day-job’, for many years my husband hosted a radio talk show on KVI in Seattle and then later on KSFO in San Francisco. He occasionally featured a movie review but with an unusual wrinkle. He light-heartedly claimed that while there were many reviewers who described...

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My Mother Did Not Raise Me

Am I obligated to care for her? Dear Rabbi and Susan Lapin, Thank you so much for all the content you create and in particular the podcast. It really helped me to grow as a person and to develop the 5 Fs. My question is: Is there any exception to the rule of honoring your...

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Who is Bari Weiss?

And why do I hope she continues her journey? As principled journalists say farewell to no-longer respectable newspapers and magazines, they are migrating to a new platform, Substack, to share their ideas and investigations. Among them is the very talented, courageous, ex-New York Times writer, Bari Weiss. She left the paper with a bang—a strongly...

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The Grandeur of the Grind

You do it.  I do it.  We all do it. We find ways to avoid doing those tasks in our lives that will really make a difference.  They might be unpleasant, hard, boring, perhaps even frightening.  Often, they are the very ones we have to identify and tackle. There are the parents whose toddler is...

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Does My Life Have Meaning?

Is there a Biblical proof for this idea? I recently re-read Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. I’m confident that you are familiar with this account of one man’s efforts to survive a Nazi concentration camp. Is there a relevant story in the Torah about the importance of having something to look forward to...

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Who Needs Family

Aren’t friends enough? It is possible that entitling an article, 5 Principles for a Better Post-Pandemic You was an exercise in optimism. It certainly seems that many politicians and “experts” are warning (or working to make sure?) that we never reach that stage. Nonetheless, the above-titled essay in the November 20, 2021, issue of the...

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Have You Seen A Liger?

How about a mule? Question of the Week: Dear Susan and Rabbi Daniel, I was listening to Wallbuilders and you made a comment about the liger (cross between a lion and a tiger) at the zoo and how that was not how God intended for things to be so your dad was sad. Can you...

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Year of the Squirrel

Sleep, not hibernate. What happens if you extract a little blood from a hibernating ground squirrel, preserve it till the summer and inject it into another squirrel? That active little mammal with his bushy tail will instantly go into hibernation. We don’t clearly understand if cold weather sets off the chemical changes in squirrel blood...

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He’s A Great Guy!

We have a major cultural difference I am a 31-year-old woman, and am seeking a happy warrior as a husband. I seem to have met such a gentleman, 36-years-old, and we seem to align on our values and our vision of family. Except for one thing – he strongly believes in and prefers to live...

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