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On the Mountain

Gutzon Borglum, the monomaniacal sculptor of Mount Rushmore, was an anti-Semite, but also the kind of wise-hearted artist praised in this week’s parasha

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Built to Last

God wants his people to build opulently, as he instructs Moses in this week’s parasha. While today they mostly don’t, there’s always Ralph Lauren, who built a new Beaux Arts mansion in New York.

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Ehud Agonistes

Ehud Barak should forsake his arrogance, take a page from Moses, the hero of this week’s parasha, and recognize that leading can require giving up power

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An Unmarried Woman

Alone among the Bible’s heroes, the prophet Devorah, my namesake and the hero of this week’s haftorah, didn’t need a man to make her complete. But what can a modern single woman learn from her?

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The Asocial Network

Jacob, the hero of this week’s parasha, understood what really mattered in life. The Facebook Generation doesn’t.

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Sky Scrapers

Jacob’s ladder, the subject of this week’s parasha, is a lot like the great video game Minecraft

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The Dating Game

What Abraham’s servant—the hero of this week’s parasha—and modern science can teach us about finding love

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The Enabler

Stories of Abraham, the original outsider, and a young Israeli activist who followed his lead

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Survival of the Cutest

Thinking about Noah while facing hope and heartbreak in the kennel

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Heavenly Fatherhood

A haftorah of child-rearing and redemption

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Haters

A haftorah of strong emotions and long views

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Value Judgment

A haftorah of dark times and core beliefs

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Cruel to Be Kind

A haftorah of consolations and expectations

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Wiki Bleak

A haftorah of reporting and responsibilities

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Isaiah’s Inception

A haftorah of dreams and delusions

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Vision of Greatness

A haftorah of dire straits and new directions

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Against Happiness

A haftorah of joys and tribulations

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Born Free

A haftorah of unpopular decisions and profound prophecies

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Toy Soldiers

A haftorah of breaking down and sobering up

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School Daze

A haftorah of outcasts and paybacks

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Goal Posts

A haftorah of overtimes and underdogs

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Powering Down

Zechariah, the flotilla, and reflections on might and morality

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Spirited Away

A haftorah of messiahs and mindfulness

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The Haircut Heresy

A haftorah of fiery angels and fading strength

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Drowning in Numbers

A haftorah of counting down and living it up

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Today on Tablet

Britain’s maybe-new top diplomat, and more

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Acting Out

A haftorah of misgivings and misplaced trust

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David’s War

A haftorah of discipline and death

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Men of Mystery

A haftorah of reasoning and redemption

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Life Lessons From Lepers

A haftorah of few options and many rewards

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