Was Moshe Rabbeinu a Superhero? – Parshat Va’eira 2019

In recent years, you may have noticed an explosion in popularity in a particular genre of film: superhero movies. Certainly, there were Superman and Batman movies throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but never was there a time before when 6, 7, or 8 blockbuster superhero movies would be released in the same year. Between 1944 and 2004 … Continue reading Was Moshe Rabbeinu a Superhero? – Parshat Va’eira 2019

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Divine Compassion, Jewish Slavery, and Human Extinction – Parshat Shemot 2019

A few weeks ago, Todd May, a philosophy professor at Clemson University and a consultant for the TV show The Good Place, penned an op-ed in the New York Times. It created quite a stir, at least among the few people who read it, which happened to include me and some of my friends. In the article, … Continue reading Divine Compassion, Jewish Slavery, and Human Extinction – Parshat Shemot 2019

Grammar and Unjust Criminal Justice – Parshat Vayechi 2018

For some of my friends, wrongly punctuating a sentence by misplacing a comma or apostrophe is almost a crime against humanity. Occasionally, I will see the following story shared by people with this opinion. An English professor once wrote the following sentence on the blackboard without punctuation: “A woman without her man is nothing.” The professor asked the … Continue reading Grammar and Unjust Criminal Justice – Parshat Vayechi 2018

Is My Father Still Alive? – Parshat Vayigash 2018

Included in the second entry of the Star Wars film series, entitled The Empire Strikes Back and released in 1980, is perhaps one of the most famous scenes in movie history. Darth Vader, the villain and a master of the Dark Side of the Force, is in the middle of a laser sword battle with Luke … Continue reading Is My Father Still Alive? – Parshat Vayigash 2018

Werewolves and Other Biblical Conspiracy Theories – Parshat Miketz 2018

It is actually very common for Americans to believe conspiracy theories, regardless of how much contravening evidence there is to reject them. 11% of Americans believe that there is a cover-up in the story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 20% of Americans believed that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and his papers were … Continue reading Werewolves and Other Biblical Conspiracy Theories – Parshat Miketz 2018

Be Someone’s Unwitting Angel – Parshat Vayeishev 2018

There is an article in The Atlantic Magazine that is very relevant to what we read this morning. As the article notes, research shows that siblings can have more of an influence over the lives of brothers and sisters than their parents. For example, siblings often imitate or aspire to surpass each other. In my own family, my … Continue reading Be Someone’s Unwitting Angel – Parshat Vayeishev 2018

Religious Articles and Prejudiced Accusations – Parshat Vayeitzei 2018

In my first year in college, I had a roommate who was not Jewish. My roommate was not just kind and very smart (he could solve a 4x4 Rubix cube in less than 60 seconds) but he also shared many of the same values that I had. He was close with his family, he loved baseball and … Continue reading Religious Articles and Prejudiced Accusations – Parshat Vayeitzei 2018