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Psychology

The Psychological Mechanisms that Protect Unreasonable Faith Claims

Prof.

Solomon Schimmel

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The Animal Laws Before Kashrut: A System of Purity

The dietary laws in Vayikra are not expressed in terms of kosher (כשר) or not kosher but in the terms of the Priestly purity laws: purity (טהרה), pollution (טומאה), and disgust (שקץ).

Dr.

Eve Levavi Feinstein

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Naomi's Bitter Poem

A look at Naomi’s theology, as expressed in her poem, and how it carries her through her grief and back into productive engagement.

Prof. Rabbi

Jonathan Magonet

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Cathartic Cursing

A Therapeutic Outlet for Terrible Pain

Dr. Rabbi

Jeremy Rosen

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Capturing Pain in Poetry

A Taunt So Cruel It Will Freeze an Enemy’s Blood

Dr. Rabbi

Eliezer Finkelman

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Israel's Development as a Nation: Form, Storm, Norm, Perform

The Torah often uses the repetition of certain terms and wordplay to underline important themes. Numbers uses the terms נשא (nas’a: “to carry”) and נסע (nas‘a; “to travel”) to highlight the development of Israel from independent clans to a nation in a way that fits well with the model of group formation first suggested by psychologist Bruce Tuckman.

Dr.

Shani Tzoref

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Using the Enemy as a Proxy

The unutterable events that happened to our infants

Rabbi

Yehudah Gilad

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