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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.
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...
Dear Friend, With Purim in Jerusalem around the corner, I walk through the Machane Yehuda marketplace, and two signs of the impending holy day—one deliberate, one accidental—strike me. The deliberate sign is the plethora of hamantaschen (or oznei Haman, “...
Dear Friend, Remember learning as a kid how bats are blind, and how they fly around using an amazing anatomical radar mechanism built into their heads? The truth is, of course, that bats see well enough, and that their echolocation system (which actually ...
Dear Friend, With the 18th of Elul afoot, I think about my sweet parents. One of the great blessings of having parents is that it gives us the single best metaphor for our relationship with G‑d. Heaven protect us, heaven protect everyone, from being orpha...
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