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September


1st Day of Rosh Hashanah – Thinking For Yourself

Keywords: argue; basketball; bridge; Emo Philips; fault-lines; firing squad; helicopter; heretic; Hugh Thompson, Jr.; joke; Jonathan Sacks; Ken Burns; Malcom Gladwell; manly; Monica Lewinsky; My Lai massacre; Obamacare; opinion; sissy; stranger; team; underhanded; Vietnam; Wilt Chamberlain; YouTube

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Surrounded By Miracles

Keywords: adultery; blind; earthquake; Einstein; enchanted; aphasia; eyes; figs; gossip; hand; internet; Israelites; language; Leonard Cohen; Leonardo da Vinci; mind; miracle; music; penny; Picasso; poetry; religion; religious school; Shakespeare; slave; steal

August


Eikev – Will The Future Be Jewish?

Keywords: 14th Century; AI; book; cars; chess; China; climate; CRISPR; disease; DNA; embryo; Facebook; Germany; Gilbert Godfrey; Google; Henry Adams; India; Johannes Gutenberg; machines; Moses; Nobel Prize; past; present; Singapore; tablets; Tamerlane; technology; type

July


Pinchas – Post – Zionism?

Keywords: 1947; 1967; Abraham Isaac Kook; Catch 67; cave; Egypt; France; G20; Hertzel; idol; idolaters; Isaiah Berlin; ISIS; Jordan; magic; messiah; Micha Goodman; myrrh; Pinchas; post-Zionism; priestess; safety; Simeon bar Yochai; six day war; slavery; Syria; vulgar; YouTube

June


Shavuot II – Yizkor: Is There A World To Come?”

Keywords: 8th grade; atheist; bodies; body; Christopher Hitchens; classes; eternal; history; intimacy; justice; kids; love; mathematics; mourn; Rabbi Brad Artson; religion; Sam Harris; sex; science; soul; sounds; spirit; Talmud; teenager; truth; words

May


Bamidbar – Children of the Wilderness

Keywords: Agatha Christie; Andre Maurois; archaeologist; battles; children; community; complain; disease; Egypt; grown-up; guide; illness; Jerusalem; Joshua; map; Max Mallowan; Mosaic; Numbers; pain; priest; stroke; unhappiness; water; wilderness

April


Tazria-Metzora – TED: Have I Seen the Future?

Keywords: Alzheimer's ; Bill Gates ; bonobos ; charity ; Churchill ; dirty jokes ; doctors ; Elon Musk ; evolution ; Haiti ; homes ; inventors ; investors ; Jeff Bezos ; Pope ; Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ; religion ; religious ; Sam Harris ; sleep ; TED ; trauma ; Vatican Museum ; virtual reality ; World Vision ; Yossi Vardi

Pesach VIII – Yizkor: The Meaning of Trees

Keywords: Adam; desert; Elie Wiesel; eternal; Eve; forest; fragile; fruit; furious; garden; Giving Tree; grief; human; knowledge; life; literature; parenting; pathetic fallacy; poem; psalmist; roots; Sequoia; shade; Shel Silverstein; Spring; tree; wind; yizkor

Passover I – My Broken Face & How We See People

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; autism; bandages; beauty; Beverly Wilshire Hotel; bleeding; blood; charity; damage; doctors; face; fight; funeral; gash; hungry; ICU; judge; lawyers; neurological; Nietzsche; nose; plastic surgeon; President; quadriplegic; repulsive; Samuel Johnson; Sheila Nazarian; shopping; tissue; tumult; UCLA; ugly; wedding

March


Terumah – Three Heroes Reach 100: Kirk Douglas, Abe Zarem and Max Webb

Keywords: Abe Zarem; age ; artist; atomic bomb; automatic oscillograph; Brooklyn; buildings; charming; Chicago; concentration camp; Esther; eunuch; experience; handsome; innocence; Issur Danielovitch; Jackie Robinson; Kirk Douglas; longevity; Manhattan Project; Max Webb; mentor; Nazi; old; Poland; Robert Oppenheimer; scientist; starve; survivor; vitality; wisdom; Xerox

February


Mishpatim – The Kind of Jews We Should Be

Keywords: Albanians; beggar; behavioral; community; contribution; debt; duty; family; fundraising; grateful; gratitude; half-shekel; learning; life; Mexicans; money; redemption; rites; rules; sacred; sacrifices; secret; studying; suffering; Ukrainians

Yitro – The Gift of Receiving

Keywords: anger; baseball; bread; burden; Dodgers; experience; Franklin Institute; fresh; gift; giving; gold coin; heart; Jerusalem Marathon; Jethrow; love; Moshe; Naftali Zvi of Ropshitz; natural; party; Philadelphia; Rabbi Yechiel; Rashi; receive; relevant; Rich Garcia; stale

January


Vaera – Why Didn’t The Plagues Work?

Keywords: birth; blood; Egypt; empathy; frogs; guards; Hertzel; hospital; Merkel; mirror neurons; Moses; movies; mysteries; Nile; Pharaoh; plague; plagues; politics; Putin; secret service; shepherd; tomorrow; Vienna; Washington; water; Zalman Shazar

Shemot – America 2017: What We Hope For

Keywords: Annie Hall; Battle of Agincourt; Bible; catastrophists; Constantinople; criticize; Egypt; encouragement; England; France; goodwill; humility; Hundred Year War; inauguration; iPhone; Istanbul; Joan Of Arc; Johannes Gutenberg; Moses; movable type; Ottoman Empire; praise; prayers; President Trump; Reformation; Renaissance; restaurant; Shakespeare; Tamerlane; Timur; waiter