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My Plastic Pharaoh
I'm glad my kids feel so free. As for me, I'm still a slave and Pharaoh, king of Egypt, never died. I labor for him all week long
The Myth of Relaxation
A recent medical study shows that, contrary to common wisdom, relaxation does not reduce stress. Our ancestors learned this at the Exodus, when they discovered that transcendence is not the key to freedom
The Real Haggadah
Is it really necessary, more than 3000 years on, to commemorate our ancestors’ freedom from slavery? Can’t we move on to pressing contemporary issues?
The Wildest Story Ever Told
The fact is, if it's philosophy someone else has also thought it; if it's a legend or myth, some other people have a story with a lot of strong parallels. After all, we're all talking about the same world from within the same bodies... Except for one, very enigmatic story
The Pharaoh Syndrome
Pharaoh, you see, was actually quite intellectually capable; it was just that he was "Monotheistically Challenged"
The Pilfering of Infinity
The phrase "crushing labor" appears repeatedly in the Torah's account of the Egyptian exile and enslavement, in the text of the Haggadah, and in the symbolism of the seder observances. What is crushing labor?
The Answer to Political Apathy
How can one keep big ideas alive after they are no longer new and exciting?
The Nile Syndrome
I made myself? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Why would a smart guy come out with a ridiculous statement like, "I made myself"?
Pure Passion
What animates me? What perks me up and gets my blood pumping? What thoughts come to mind when nothing else is taking up my brain space?
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