You Could Jump Over the Grand Canyon or…Behalotcha 5776

There are two kinds of people in the world: People who live to do any stunt that will take them close enough to death that they can run their fingers through its hair, and people who like to watch them doing it. The first group can’t wait to rollerblade down the mouth of an active […]

It Could all be Over in 20 Minutes… Nasso 5776

The world as we know it could end in 20 minutes. It almost did on November 9, 1979. In the middle of the night, Zbigniew Brzenzinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, got a call from the US nuclear early warning center in Colorado telling him that the Soviets had launched a massive […]

My Brain Made Me do it! Bamidbar 5776

This essay relies heavily on the information contained in an article from The Atlantic, written by Stephen Cave, and found in the June 2016 issue. David walked out of Professor Smilansky’s lecture hall, and felt like he had just won a million dollars. The lecture was long and tedious, filled with graphs of brain activity, […]

Pain Free is Killing Us… Bechukotai 5776

I could hear the screams from the other side of the door. A good friend of mine had just undergone back surgery a few days earlier, and I was trying to do the right thing by visiting him, but the yelps of pain were making me reconsider that decision. The door to his home was […]