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Daniel Rosenthal, Neill Brownstein, Peg Krome
April 12, 2019
Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
April 5, 2019

Four and a half decades ago, in a paper in American Scientist, Herbert Simon and William Chase drew one of the most famous conclusions in the study of expertise:

There are no instant experts in chess—certainly no instant masters or grandmasters. There appears not to be on record any case (including Bobby Fischer) where a person reached grandmaster level with less than about a decade's intense preoccupation with the game. We would estimate, very roughly, that a master has spent perhaps 10,000 to 50,000 hours staring at chess positions…

In the years that followed, an entire field within psychology...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
March 29, 2019

As March comes to an end - a brief reflection as its been quite a month in the Jewish world.  Most prominently here  at our festival of Purim - which seems like a 10 day extravaganza - where we delighting in the heroism of Esther and Mordechai, sing songs, deliver gifts, give tzedakah and drink booze to celebrate the saving of the Jews of Shushan. 

And, earlier this week was the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC.  The annual gathering of America's pro-Israel community.  Which included  the demonstrations of groundbreaking Israeli innovations, keynote speeches by Israeli leaders, and a bipartisan...

Rabbi Janet Marder
March 22, 2019

Dylan Chidick was born in Trinidad 17 years ago. When he was 7, his family immigrated to the U.S. They settled down in Brooklyn; later, priced out of the market, they moved to Jersey City, where Dylan enrolled at Henry Snyder High School. He was an excellent, hard-working student. His mother supported the family by working as a home health aide. In mid-2017 she lost her job and the family lost their home. They moved into a shelter and lived there for several months.

Around this time, Dylan started preparing to go to college, hoping to be the first person...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
March 15, 2019

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance[,] requires only that they who live under its protection...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
March 8, 2019

1869 three Rabbis, one in Louisville, one in Cleveland and Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise in Cincinnati, in the face of public in-attention to the Shabbat morning worship, introduced a late Friday evening Shabbat service at a fixed time.  It soon became one of the most long lasting successes of the Reform Movement and ushered in a sea change in American worship. 

Rabbi Mayer Wise wrote:   “Our readers know that innovations for innovation’s sake do not suit us.  Reforms must have an object, What is the object of this particular one?

(I’m abbreviating here)

First - evening services are...

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