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Introduction to Three Essays

The tantalizing Biblical account of the  Tree of Knowledge  may very well be about Man’s ability to discern the difference between Good and Evil.  What if the Biblical command is a denial of Man’s ability and privilege to set standards of behaviour? The philosophers of the Eighteenth Century Enlightenment posited that Man has the ability  to set his own standards. Men can rely on their moral sense.  However, […]


The Diagnosing and Drugging of ‘ADHD’ Children — An American Tragedy Worsens

THE BLOG 10/25/2011 04:55 pm ET By Dr. Peter Breggin The diagnosing of millions of children with ADHD in order to medicate them with stimulants and other psychoactive chemicals is an American tragedy, growing into a worldwide catastrophe. Never before in history has a society attempted to deal with its children by drugging a significant portion of them into conformity while failing to meet their needs in the […]


New Mexico Bans Forced Psychiatric Drugging of Children

New American By Alex Newman April 1, 2016 ORIGINAL Psych meds for kids at gunpoint will no longer be tolerated, at least in one state. A powerful new law to protect children from coercive psychiatric screening and drugging was approved last year by the state of New Mexico. And now, advocates hope to provide similar protections for kids, families and parental rights across the remaining 49 states. As […]


TEFILLIN, THE FIRST SYMBOL OF FREEDOM

 Now consider Tefillin: Judaism by definition is historical. The story begins with Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov and then continues with Yaakov’s children, describing their descent into Egypt. It is not reasonable to think that the Galut, the Diaspora in Egypt would not affect the  lives of Yaakov’s descendants in Egypt.  It is also apparent that Moshe, Aharon, and the Elders who attended court visits to the  Pharaoh saw […]


ישיבת מיר

ישיבת מיר הרב יוסף ד. עפשטיין – ה מ ש ך – הדרך לווילנא לא קלה הייתה. עם זרמי פליטי החרב מחלק הכיבוש הגרמני משובשות היו הדרכים, ובמסילות הברזל נהרו פליטים חוזרי המלחמה של הצבא הפולני שגם בתבוסתם לא שכחו מלהראות את אנטישמיותם. התנועה הופרעה תכופות ונאלצו להתגורר ארוכות על רצפות בתי התחנות. בתוך הקרונות הייתה צפיפות נוראה. ובלב מלא פחד התקרבו לווילנא. בחצי אוקטובר כבר הייתה כל […]


The Tanur shel Akhnai: A tale of two methods

  July 18, 2016 by Yael Shahar 0 Comments This essay came out of a discussion on the Online Havruta Talmud Study Group. I would like to thank participants Claire Benneth, Kenneth Chan, Abraham Khan, and Karla Worrell for insights that shaped the discussion. One of the most quoted Talmudic stories is the story of the Tanur shel Akhnai—the “oven of Akhnai”. The story tells of a debate […]


Parkoff Letters Table Of Contents

Parkoff Letters Table Of Contents Column 1 Column 2 A Time to Laugh Music and the Brain About Our Logo Musical Interlude Artificial Intelligence Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks COMPLEXITY Rules and Systems Conceptual Systems and Logical Analysis Technology, Science and Psychology Ecology and BioDiversity TED TALKS Economics and Law Tefillin and The Egyptian Experience English The Human Mind and Learning English and American Law The Internet and Linked […]


The Two Eyes of Horus

Take the Two Eyes of Horus…to your forehead “Take the two Eyes of Horus, the black and the white. Take them to your forehead, (so) that they may illuminate your face.” gp: This inscription comes from the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, translated by Breasted, Faulkner, and Gardiner and  and other eminent Egyptologists. It is haunting and stunning to those learned in the Torah.  Please click on the following […]


Rabbi Hayyim Hirschensohn –

  Rabbi Hayyim Hirschensohn – The Forgotten Sage Who Was Rediscovered Dr. David Zohar, a clinical psychologist from Tel Aviv, Israel, founded a project to republish an updated version of Rabbi Hayyim Hirschensohn’s writings. The objective is to bring these works to the public’s knowledge, as they can offer a modern religious Jew ways in which one can combine modern values together with Jewish Values. This new version […]


The Methodology of Halakhah

Judaism is unique in its teaching that study is not merely a means but an end, not merely an end among ends, but the highest and noblest of human aspirations. Study of torah for its own sake is a sacramental act, the great of all mizvot. Throughout the generations Torah scholars were willing to live in poverty and deprivation in order to devote themselves to study. Every Jew, […]