Michael Chighel

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Michael Chighel (Kigel) received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto for his dissertation on the Book of Job, after a specialization in 20th-century French and German thought. In Canada he taught in the departments of philosophy and of Jewish studies at the universities of York, Queen’s and Waterloo. He produced Passages and Messages for eleven seasons on Canadian television (CTS). Until this year he held the Rohr Chair of Jewish Studies at the Lauder Business School in Vienna, where he taught Torah, European ethics and political economy. He has translated a number of books and published various articles in Jewish thought. Michael and his family have made aliyah, and now live in Jerusalem.
The six millennia that made you who you are.
You are the result of more than three millennia of Jewish history. Your habits, your quirks, your likes and dislikes, your sense of humor, the way you think, the way you see reality, the way you interact with your family, your friends, your neighbors, you...
A fun and informative peek into how and why we count the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot. In the 49-day period of the Omer, each day is another refinement of a particular emotional virtue represented in Kabbalah by the lower seven Sefirot. Each virtue is ...
Freud and Einstein on the nature of conflict, and the Baal Shem Tov on man’s inner struggle. The mystical secret is to know that the world is full of mirrors to place the enemy in plain sight.
Cats sometimes show a wild feral side that makes you wonder: Are cats really happy about being domestic animals? Which, by the way, is a question we might raise about ourselves; a question raised by Chassidut.
A fun and informative peek into the Torah’s instruction to eat matzah and a deeper taste of the meaning behind the mitzvah.
Two sages of the Talmud debate whether the Jews actually saw heavenly thunder at the giving of the Torah.
The double miracle at Mount Sinai tells us when to aim upwards and when to bring it down.
A news report on the Purim events
A whimsical retelling of the events surrounding the Purim miracle – as it would have been reported by newscasters reporting from the Iron-Age.
Dear Friend, You know that stubborn, pugnacious, rebellious little grunt-like feeling that wells up in your gut when you hear the word “Don’t … ” at the beginning of a sentence addressed to you? Have you ever felt it when you read the Ten Commandments—tha...
If you love someone because he or she is beautiful, intelligent or kind, who do you really love? A lesson in Jewish commitment to our traditions.
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