Month: March 2022

Increasing Hatred: a Primer

At the risk of throwing a tablespoon of baking soda into a pint of vinegar (yes, we homeschoolers do this type of thing), I have a question for those abuzz about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards. My own suspicion is that, like me, many people don’t watch the Academy Awards and...

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Passover and the Pacific Crossing

To the dismay of my parents and the bewilderment of my wife Susan’s parents, we sailed our family from Los Angeles to Honolulu on our small sailboat a number of years ago. We spent nearly a year in preparation. Susan planned the meals for the entire voyage and wrote down where each item of food...

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Infertility

I’d like to begin by thanking you both for your wonderful teachings, which have been critical to my understanding and progress toward my 5Fs. Although all 5Fs are important, I recognize the significance of family and the critical role it plays not only in our individual lives but also in society. However, I was curious...

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Of Mice and (Wo)Men

Our pantry is empty. This isn’t because of supply chain problems and it’s not because of rampaging inflation. It is because of mice. To put it more poetically than the rodents deserve, while we were away, the mice did play. My husband and I spent a lovely few weeks visiting some of our children in...

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The Whole Bible

I want to know it all! Thank you for all the work you do in helping us folks understand God’s word. I would like some help in understanding the whole of the Old Testament and would be most interested in a book or course from you, Rabbi Lapin, that does that. However, I’m confused by...

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Cynical, Suspicious Me

Crying hearts shouldn’t direct policy. If being a statesman was easy, we would have more of them. Most of us have enough trouble just being informed citizens. Part of the challenge is being able to separate humane emotions and caring feelings from wise policy. If you are above a certain age, you might remember a...

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Truth and Lies

What parent, at one time or another, hasn’t wished for an absolutely reliable, invisible lie-detector? What business professional interviewing a potential hire hasn’t wished for exactly the same thing?  Now I know what you’re thinking. ‘Invisible’ is impossible. True, but so is ‘absolutely reliable lie-detector,’ so I saw no harm in adding ‘invisible’ to the wish list. It is true...

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Which Job Should I Take?

I’m going to start a new job next week. They are going to pay me more than the previous company. They are going to teach me some new skills also. But, I’ve found another offer where they offer over 25% more than the new company and they require skills I already have. Should I even...

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Bad News All Around?

Only if we let it be. This week, I happened to be in a hotel lobby more often than I usually am. This lobby featured a large television screen on which CNN ruled. Each time I looked up from my work and glanced at the screen, I either saw scenes from Ukraine or a commercial....

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Do High School Girlfriends Pose a Threat 40 Years Later?

My husband’s 40th high school reunion is coming up and while he is super excited about it, I am less so. Since he is on the committee, this has put him back in touch with his old girlfriend, who is also on the committee. There are emails including “Do you remember?” flying back and forth...

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