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Lighting The Candle

Dedicated in honor of my dear friend Rabbi Shai Specht; A Shining Light: There is a powerful hint in this week's portion to the common custom of lighting a candle before performing a mitzvah: The work on the Mishkan gone was complete. The vessels were ready....

Aaron’s Connection

It saddens me when I will observe a child or even an adult acting in a self-destructive way out of fear of how others will respond or look at his actions.  I do not see such actions as courageous, I see them as cowardice. So...

The Discover Magazine Chronicles: Only If He Likes Them

Male seahorses have been lauded as the gallant "Mr. Moms" of the animal world, and pipefish, their close relatives, are devoted fathers too. The female pipefish injects eggs into the male, which then bears live young. But recent research suggests these model dads are not being...

The Discover Magazine Chronicles: An Attractive Home

Male bowerbirds, like the males of so many species, more mates with displays of wealth. The mail collects up to 5000 stones, bones, shells, and man-made objects to build an elaborate court where he awaits potential partners. And also like so many other males, bowerbirds...

The Limitations of Categorical Thinking

The following are logical problems, or "brain-teasers," which contain the information needed for their solutions, but present it in indirect but relational ways. Consider the following relational statements: The red book belongs to Ludmilla's brother. Ivan is Ludmilla's brother. Ludmilla has only one brother. From this, of course, we...