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Foxes In The City

I was getting around to a novel that begins a mystery series I am hoping to finish and I found that the lead character, despite being a widow in a first-century mystery novel, was rather Nathanish.  To wit, the following … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Sonia Sotomayor

I Am Sonia Sotomayor, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos How do you make one of the more problematic justices of the Supreme Court into the subject of a gushing hagiography for children?  The author shows the way to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham It was perhaps inevitable that I would eventually read this book, for at least two reasons.  On the one hand, the book is one that appears often, and has occurred especially often in … Continue reading

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You Don’t Know Me, But You Don’t Like Me

How do we recognize who our enemies are?  We may desire to be friendly to and on good terms to everyone, but sometimes this is not possible.  To the extent that we are honest about our thoughts and feelings, our … Continue reading

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Book Review: Right Color, Wrong Culture

Right Color, Wrong Culture:  The Type Of Leader Your Organization Needs To Become Multiethnic:  A Leadership Fable, by Bryan Loritts [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Somewhere inside … Continue reading

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For You Have Struggled With God And With Men, And Have Prevailed

One of my favorite stories of the Bible takes place in Genesis 32:22-32, the wrestling of God with Jacob, which reads as follows:  “And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven … Continue reading

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Tefillin Squad

I am reading a generally entertaining book about a religious figure of considerable importance in the Jewish community, and the book contains an interesting story that sounds like it could only happen in a place like New York.  The scene … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Name Of The Mekilta

The Name Of The Mekilta, by Jacob Zallel Lauterbach This may be one of the most odd books that I have ever reviewed, in that it consists of material that the author would have put in the introduction to a … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Five

One of the most important aspects of the Portland Anonymous Crew was names, and while most of our musicians chose flamboyant names for themselves, he chose the most obvious name of all, #N/A.  The hashtag was appropriately hipster for coming … Continue reading

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Woe To The Scribes And Pharisees: Part Three

In our closing section of this particular discussion [1], it is worthwhile to discuss the melancholy nature of the origin of conflict between the biblical worldview of Christianity and the Talmudic worldview of the scribes and Pharisees that formed the … Continue reading

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