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Passover Questions

Questions at the Seder Table

The Passover Seder has been called the world’s longest-running symposium on freedom. For more than two millennia, Jews have gathered every spring to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and reflect on its significance in their time and place.
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Doing It Tech Free

I had the great pleasure recently of hearing a keynote presentation by Sherry Turkle at the Jewish Funders Network conference. Turkle is a professor of psychology and sociology at MIT and the author of several books, including her two most recent titles, Alone Together: Why we expect more from...
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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part II)

If, as I wrote last week, our minds are hardwired for connection and social knowledge, and yet many of the major forces in our society move us toward independence and suspicion of authority, what’s the way forward? At bedrock, it comes down to trust. And the funny thing about trust is, in order for...
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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part I)

If there is a silver lining to the deep political divisions affecting our country and much of the world, it’s that many of us are doing more serious political reflection, and engagement, than we have in the past. And we can do it with the help of advances in our scientific knowledge. Recently, I...