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Roundup of posts for Shabbos Chazon and Tisha B'Av

The Persistent Prostitute

In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves.(Harper Collins), Dan Ariely presents a  simplified version of a striking episode in Menachos 44a. What’s fascinating about this story (in striking contrast to the more famous episode with a a prostitute, which ends with the man’s teshuva and instant entrance in the World to Come) is that it does not end on the note of triumph for the man who resisted temptation and walked away. The story then shifts its focus to the prostitute who wants to understand what is this all about and then becomes Jewish herself and marries the very same man. The text here is copied from http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/530129/jewish/In-the-Words-of-the-Sages.htm:
Rabbi Nattan said: there is no "minor" mitzvah in theTorahwhose observance isn't rewarded in this world and the next. How much is the reward? Let us use the mitzvah oftzitzitas an example: There was once a man who was meticulous in the obs…

Honor and Honesty

I started reading Dan Ariely’s latest book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves.(Harper Collins). In the course of the book, he recounts what seems to make people more apt to cheat and what seems to dampen the effect. One of the measures that he found works in an experiment is to have people recall the Ten Commandments. “It seemed that merely trying to recall moral standards was enough to improve moral behavior” (p. 40).  It also works to remind students of standards by having them sign an honor code when taking a test  --even in universities that don’t have an official one (p. 43). 
In connection to this, I thought about two Gemoros, and as I want to do whatever I can to bring geula at this time in the year, I want to credit my son, Eliezer, with finding the pages for me (sparing me from trying to find them via Google). Tractate Nidda (73)ends on a nice note that works well for a siyum. That’s where Ra’ Eliyahu is quoted as saying “Kol…

Jewish guilt

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This is a real question in my mind: what does Jewish guilt mean to you?  I was wondering, is guilt  a constant associated with Jewish identity or an invention of the 20th century.
I'll start it off by sharing my husband's view that it is due to Jewish mothers.


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On the 17th of Tammuz, which we will be observing on the 18th

http://www.examiner.com/article/observing-the-17th-on-the-18th

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