Questioning Tradition

by Josh Yarden The ‘four questions’ are among the most memorable readings in the traditional Passover Haggadah. The answers are not particularly interesting, however, especially if we let them suffice as our children transition to adulthood. Unless we dig deep below the surface of why we ask these questions, and unless we search for new…

A Band of Brothers and the Herd Mentality *

by Josh Yarden, with Dotan Yarden The Arc of Change In a previous essay posted here last month, I began to sketch the arc of Joseph's life. With Joseph, the narrative takes a new turn. All of the major figures in the Book of Genesis before him are in some way chosen—created, inspired or called…

Jacob’s Struggle

by Josh Yarden Translation has its limitations how do you say… we stumble, severely at times We do not realize when we do not realize understanding stands down misunderstanding stands in The translator pretends to be Superman disguised as a reporter for the Daily Planet able to leap tall constructs in a single bound Translators…

The Undoing of Abraham

by Josh Yarden Rembrandt, Abraham`s Sacrifice, 1635 On the verge of sacrificinghis own son on an alterthe one he loves bound for glory pausing to consider which he loves more Abraham says: “Abraham!”and he says, “Here I am.”in an inglorious bind . . . He caught himself this timeat the line or just beyondthe point…

Reclaiming Liberty

The sound of money talking is echoing ever louder throughout the land. We the people now have to raise our voices even louder if we are to have influence in our political system. It is all too easy to become discouraged, but we can begin to gather inspiration for social engagement by returning to explore first principles.

Marginal Lives

by Josh Yarden Living north of the Ben Franklin Parkway, we regularly walk through Logan Square, often stopping to look around at the profound beauty—and the confounded beast—which our city has become. Standing at the Swann Fountain, I am struck by the juxtaposition of the people and the place. I see The Franklin Institute to…