Monthly Archives: December 2010

Creativity of divine providence

(Eleventh in a series summarizing the book Halachic Man) The second idea of creativity in Judaism is divine providence. For whatever reason, God wanted to pay special attention to us human beings. Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom that … Continue reading

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Reading between the lines

I was impressed yesterday by something someone said to me. I belong to a educators group of women that meets once a month. The group topic has been exploration of the meaning of innovation in Torah study. What is the … Continue reading

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Creativity: Creating the Self

(Tenth in a series summarizing the book Halachic Man) The idea of creativity in halacha is most manifest in four areas: a) teshuvah (the religious imperative to change one’s ways for the better) b) divine providence c) prophecy and d) … Continue reading

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Altruism beyond reason

(In response to the comment on Altruism: From Whence the Question? – December 23) George Price desperately tried to disprove his theory of the instinctual nature of altruism. He asked himself: Is this what life is about? Is there not … Continue reading

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Chaos or order?

(Ninth in a series summarizing the book Halachic Man) Having a sense of order in life makes life make sense. I know of someone who lost a child, and a friend took it upon herself to come by every day … Continue reading

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Creative process

(Eighth in a series summarizing the book Halachic Man – Part Two: The power of creativity) The process of innovation that comes out of Torah study extends to the practical realm. Interpretation is not just an intellectual and theoretical exercise. … Continue reading

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Why we need God to have peace between people

Peace is the road leading to God and God is the road leading to peace. If reality doesn’t bear this out it’s because the world doesn’t yet know God. For the purpose of this article assume that God is absolute … Continue reading

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