From Anger to Inquiry

FROM ANGER TO INQUIRY *     The First Focused Inquiry The Second Focused Inquiry Selected Bibliography Introduction “Some people think of me as the Jewish James Bond. But I am really an old Jew with a heart condition who survived the holocaust and who feels …

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What I Believe

WHAT I BELIEVE *    I trust in God because God is a living presence in my life. I experience God in prayer — in joy, in fear, in power, and in admitting and asking for my own innermost needs. I feel God’s presence as deeply …

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From Wissenschaft to Theology: A Mid-Life Re-Calling

FROM WISSENSCHAFT TO THEOLOGY: A MID-LIFE RE-CALLING *    The Scientific Study of Judaism Taking Theology Seriously “Doing” Theology: A Mid-Life Re-Calling Concluding Reflection A Formative Family StoryThe following narrative is an old family story: One Rosh ha-Shana, at about age three or four, I was standing with …

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Comment empêcher un nouvel holocauste?

COMMENT EMPECHER UN NOUVEL HOLOCAUSTE?     This article was delivered as the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, in October 2008. It was also given at the annual Kristallnacht observances in Toronto, CA, in 2009. It appears here, in two …

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Perpetrators and Rescuers: Two Key Factors

PERPETRATORS AND RESCUERS:THE TWO KEY FACTORS *   My Lai and its Aftermath Ordinary Germans Insertion into a Hierarchy that Does, or Tolerates, Good Revisiting the Obedience Experiments Patterns of Antisocial Childhood Discipline Patterns of Prosocial Childhood Discipline Summary   There are two questions that haunt …

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What To Do

WHAT TO DO[1]    The Failure of Moral Education Creates a Problem Four Very Strong Recommendations Admit Failure Give Formal Instruction Teach Prosocial Skills Pay Attention to Context and Process   A Preliminary Linguistic Note For many years I used the word “holocaust” to designate the …

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The Banality of Good and Evil

THE BANALITY OF GOOD AND EVIL:A DESCRIPTIVE-ANALYTIC AND A PRESCRIPTIVE-NORMATIVE REFLECTION[*]   The Descriptive-Analytic Task The Prescriptive-Normative Task The Problem  As we approach the end of the century and try to bring some perspective to its most traumatic event, the Shoah,[1] the task before us seems …

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