Tag Archives: Psychology

God’s Silent Speech — and Ours

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: What exactly is “the word of God?” And can it teach us about happiness and tolerance? Jewish Studies scholar Shaul Magid doesn’t address the second question in “The Word of God is … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, The Jerusalem Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Want to Believe?

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: After a bitterly divisive election season, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: “How can people possibly believe that?” What “that” is depends on who’s doing the talking. It means one thing to … Continue reading

Posted in Judaism, Philosophy, The Jewish Journal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Morality Needs Both Logic and Feeling

My new blog post for The Jerusalem Post: As a child, I was a big “Star Trek” fan. I never wanted to be like Captain Kirk. The world was full of Kirk wannabes. My hero was Mr. Spock: stoic, brilliant, … Continue reading

Posted in Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, Philosophy, The Jerusalem Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Weirdest Torah Theory You Never Heard

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: It’s a weird theory about the Torah. You’ve never heard of it. And it’s really a thing. Of course, you’ve heard of other theories. The documentary hypothesis says that ancient editors assembled … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, The Jewish Journal | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spinoza on the Couch

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: I’ve spent a lot of my life dealing with crazy people, including myself. “Crazy,” of course, has various definitions, though it’s not the topic of this blog post. My favorite definition was … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, Philosophy, The Jerusalem Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to Think About Transgenderism

My new blog post for The Jerusalem Post: In a scene from an old Monty Python movie, a mother has just given birth. She asks the doctor, “Is it a boy or a girl?” He replies, “I think it’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Jewish Philosophy, Judaism, The Jerusalem Post | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Real Causes of Violence

My new blog post for The Times of Israel: Today’s news tells of a thwarted terrorist attack in the West Bank. Then of another terrorist attack in Jerusalem. When religion turns men into murderers, God weeps. That’s Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his … Continue reading

Posted in Judaism, The Times of Israel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment