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December 24, 2018

The other day, I received a phone call that caused me to think hard about human nature.  The call was from Shulamit Imber, the Pedagogical Director of the International School f

or Holocaust Studies at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. 

Shulamit Imber had rea...

February 19, 2018

An ancient Jewish proverb states that A good deed causes more good deeds, and a bad deed causes more bad deeds (Talmud, Tractate Avot 4:2).  This statement, quoted in the name of the second-century sage known simply as Ben-Azzai[i], is somewhat oblique and difficult to...

January 29, 2018

A 67-year-old man came into my office and said, “My hands shake when I lift up my coffee cup.  This has been going on for many years, but recently has been getting worse.  What causes that?” 

Shaky hands could be many things.  Many people notice that they have...

January 19, 2018

Until the last few decades, everyone thought that the brain does not grow after puberty. Unlike the liver and other organs that can regenerate, it was thought that the adult brain does not generate new cells and does not have the capacity to repair itself when injured....

January 18, 2018

An excerpt from Embracing the Unknown: A Fresh Look at Nature and Science

Modern science has its foundation in the European Enlightenment, starting around four hundred to five hundred years ago. As part of the general drive toward intellectualism and reason, scientists...

January 15, 2018

The following is an excerpt from Embracing the Unknown.

My five-year-old daughter recently asked me an interesting question: Why are a butterfly’s wings shaped the way they are? Good question, indeed. At the time, I did not have a good answer.

My daughter had been drawin...

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