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The Answer to Bertrand Russell

The Answer to Bertrand Russell

Many years ago, the Nobel Prize winner, mathematician, and thinker, Bertrand Russell, was interviewed by Look Magazine. The topic of the interview was Russell’s well-known position on agnosticism to which he lent his enormous intellectual powers to support. After many questions, Russell was finally asked, “What kind of evidence would convince you that God exists?” This week’s Torah portion, Ve’etchanan, records the event that provides evidence that would even satisfy Russell.

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#PosnackEverywhere On the Road Again

Posnack School students were on the road again this week with visits to Russia, Mexico, and places closer to home. Click for this week’s beautiful #PosnackEverywhere pics.

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The 9th of Av: What Are We Mourning?

The 9th of Av: What Are We Mourning?

This year, since the 9th of Av falls on Shabbat, the 24-hour observance begins immediately upon the conclusion of Shabbat. In Judaism there are two concepts, “new mourning” and “old mourning.” “New mourning” occurs when we lose a loved one. The immediate grief is intense. We disengage from the world until, through mourning, we come back to a functioning equilibrium. With “old mourning,” like Tisha B’Av, the process goes in reverse.

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Playbook of the Haters of Israel, Then and Now

In his great wisdom, King Solomon stated in the beginning of Ecclesiastes “There is nothing new beneath the sun.” Since human nature does not change over time, the way modern man deals with current events is no different from how past generations handled the events of their time.

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Women Learning Torah

Women Learning Torah

Living in the 21st century, we like to think of ourselves as enlightened and progressive. We are breaking down the barriers of social discrimination that have permeated most societies. Judaism, its philosophy and religious practice, has been assailed as archaic and discriminatory. An event recorded in this week’s Torah reading sheds light on how we should understand our Jewish religion in this realm.

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