Numbers. Numeracy seems to be inherent to man.  Contrary to Locke’s tabula rasa, we’re hardwired for it.  Infants as...

Reward and Punishment, Love and Hate Parashat Buchutai contains startling contrasts:  G-d shows us what He will reward good behavior...

Parashat Behar’s discussion of shmitta laws usually seems a little remote – unless it’s the year before shmitta.   When it’s the...

Four lepers bring the news to the guards at the gate of Samaria These days words are cheap.  The bulk of this week’s parasha...

Some thirty years ago, when I first made aliyah, a debate broke out in the dining hall of the WUJS ulpan.  About one hundred newbie Israelis, all recent...

Dressing it up.  Dressing it down. Miniature from a manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, c. 1470 Like most of our friends and relatives, we have...

On the Nature of Sacrifice and Potato Chips Rut-Shira (see granddaughter3@Schwartz.co.org –  or maybe that should be co.disorg)...

Game Theory This week was great – I was lucky enough to return to one of those moments when you are certain, beyond the shadow of...

This week’s parasha has two interrelated themes:  time management, and  hierarchy. Sounds a little business-like?  Well, in...

  בכל דור ודור חיב אדם לראות את עצמו כאלו יצא ממצרים, שנאמר: “והגדת לבנך...

Putting it on the table this Shabbat.