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The Natural Order

What the Asian carp crisis can teach us about physical and moral boundaries.

The Natural Order

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Disasters

About a century ago, Rabbi Yisroel Meir HaKohen Kagan learned of a devastating earthquake that cause countless deaths in Japan. The sage was seen to turn white upon hearing the news and immediately declared a fast. When asked why he reacted so strongly to events on the other side of the world, the spiritual leader of European Jewry invoked the talmudic teaching that everything that happens in the world should be interpreted as a message to spur us on to self-reflection and inner change. The more dramatic the event, the more urgency we should give to our introspection.

With a 6.1 aftershock having rattled the ravaged survivors of Haiti, and with the first quake having occurred on the week of the same Torah portion as the Pacific Rim tsunami five years ago, it’s worth revisiting these former musings.

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Face Off

What Jewish tradition and human psychology tell us about the Mona Lisa’s smile.

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Tsunami Season

The recent Samoan tsunami brings back horrific memories of the far more catastrophic Pacific Rim Tsunami five years ago.

Here are some reflections from back then. May HaShem comfort those whose lives have been turned upside down by the unfathomable power of nature.

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Parshas Ki Seitzei — Darwin’s Appendix

No one understands everything. The problems begin when we think we do.

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The Betrayal of Experience

An adventurist’s primer offers a strategy for spiritual survival.

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The Lessons of Technology

Who’s watching you now? And what will they do with what they see?

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