The groundbreaking theoretical physicist Dr. Jacob Bekenstein died on August 16, 2015, at the age of sixty-eight. Although not well-known in popular culture, he played a key role in developing ideas which transformed much of modern physics. He was the Polak Professor of Theoretical Physics for many years at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Racah […]Read More A Black Hole in His Heart
In August 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, eighteen year old Michael Brown, a suspected thief, was killed while attacking a police officer. “Protesters” expressed their dismay by looting business, burning buildings and torching police cars. Brown’s family members, those supposedly near to him physically attacked one another over who had the right to profit from souvenirs. […]Read More God is sanctified through those near to Him
What is the difference between humans and animals? What right do we have to take the lives of the latter for our own benefit, whether for research or food? It’s a challenge often repeated by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who compare the slaughter of chickens in abattoirs to the slaughter of […]Read More Phase Transition: What Can We Kill?
This Wednesday evening, April 15th, 2015 is Holocaust Remembrance Day. On Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 an agreement was reached between Iran and the United States to lay the groundwork for another Holocaust, one much more technologically advanced, one much more capable of carrying out its goals. On what day will we commemorate the future Holocaust […]Read More Remember the Future Holocaust
The Bible Names Its Enemies: The Bible names its enemies: Egypt, Amalek, the Philistines, and many others. For each of them the Bible spells out why they are considered the enemy, and what to do about them. We are told not to hate the Egyptians because we were strangers in their land. We were also […]Read More The Face of Evil Today
Eighteen hundred years ago Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi taught: What is the proper path a person should choose for himself… Know what is above you: an eye that sees and an ear that hears, and all your deeds are recorded in the Book. (Ethics of the Fathers 2:1) While this is stating the obvious for believing […]Read More All Your Deeds Are Recorded In The Book
Hijacking Planes In 1968, Palestinian terrorists hijacked an El-Al plane, and got away with it. They used the tactic repeatedly after that, with varying degrees of success. The most infamous incident was the forcing of Air France plane to Entebbe, Uganda, and Israel’s successful rescue of the hostages. Hijacking Feminism More such rescue operations are required […]Read More Aboriginal Americans & the Jewish State
Who would you rather be: God or the devil? We have job descriptions for each, in case you’re having trouble deciding. Glen Beck says that America has already made its choice between God or the Devil. Is it too late for the country to change its mind? We’ll know more on November 4th. (please click images to follow […]Read More God or the Devil?
Tonight is the 11th anniversary of the death of my father, Yehuda Elberg. He was a renowned author and essayist in the Yiddish-speaking world. This is one of his English essays, a discussion of the importance of the word “oy” to the Jewish soul. Oy: The Music of a Sigh- by Yehuda Elberg, © 1993 All […]Read More Oy: The Music of a Sigh
An annotated conversation about war, adapted from Facebook: (click on links for annotations) Alice: We are bombing over Syria! Right now. We are bombing. Oh, my heart hurts. Russ: Hate Alice: The thing is this … there are children. Women. Men who want only to provide for their little families. There are doggies and kitties, goats maybe. […]Read More A Conversation About War
Our four-billion year old world came into being 5,781 years ago, with the creation of man. So… Happy New Year. A Scientific Explanation This Friday evening, September 18 , 2020, marks the five thousand, seven hundred and eighty first year since the creation of the earth. This celebration may be a little problematic for many people, […]Read More Happy Quantum New Year