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Maleficent, Mirror Mirror, and Moral Relativism

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There I was, happily going about my day – on my way from work, driving the kids somewhere, or sitting down to read the weekend paper – and there she was. It’s as if Disney has taken up a full frontal assault on my senses, bombarding me with Angelina Jolie wherever I go. The billboards, promotional pieces, and media profiles are everywhere I look. That freaky headpiece and the huge black wings are being embossed in my…

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Facebook Death Protocol

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Marc died yesterday. It was quite a shock – I don’t think he was even 60. I knew he had some serious health issues a few years back, but didn’t quite know the extent of them. We weren’t close friends – I’d see him a handful of times a year at our synagogue and have a bit of a chat. He was always congenial – something of a big friendly giant. The e-mails went around…

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Celebrating International ‘Work a Bit Harder’ Week

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As the third international ‘Work a Bit Harder’ week draws to a conclusion, celebrations are being marked all over the world as this tribute to the work ethic continues to gain momentum and popularity. In Bangladesh, children at the Dhaka-based factory of a popular active-wear manufacturer dedicated an extra shift without pay to their employers, and in India all cricket fixtures were put on hold so workers could spend an extra two hours working without…

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In the Flesh – Zombies meet PC

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If you like zombie movies and TV series, and even if you don’t, but can tolerate a bit of gore, then the UK series In the Flesh is a real treat. The zombies in this show are not the frenzied, marauding gangs that decimate the population and overrun the world as in World War Z. This isn’t about a post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead which strips society back to the most basic of human…

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Facebook Birthday Etiquette

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Having recently celebrated a birthday, I’ve made some interesting observations about the effect Facebook has had on how birthdays are noted. This leads to a taxonomy of Facebook users’ approaches to birthdays: The wisher junkie logs on to Facebook every day and wishes happy birthday to all of their FacebookFriends(TM), no matter how well they know them. They are the main reason birthday wishes comprise some 3.5% of all Facebook posts. The extreme wisher junkie does…

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The end of debate

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The open debate and discussion of ideas and issues within society has been around for thousands of years. The Talmud is a wonderful record of the development of Jewish law through robust debate amongst the scholars of the time. The right to free speech, enshrined in so many Western societies, respects the right of everyone to express their opinion even though others may disagree. As technology developed, our ability as a society to debate and…

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Power Changes at Yeshivah

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(with thanks to Jeff) There are important changes to power happening at Yeshivah Shul. For a few days now, it has been running on partial power while they upgrade the switchboard. In shul this Shabbos the lights were not all working, electric clocks were flashing with the wrong time, and there was only air conditioning in one room. Outside, there lay parts of an old switchboard that looks like it should have been replaced years…

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The Chanukah Tree

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The Menorah is one of the most enduring Jewish symbols we have – instantly recognizable, and adopted as part of the emblem of the state of Israel. The menorah lit in ancient times was symbolic of the Temple, and Judaism, being a source of light to the entire world. Facebook friends are posting many moving photos of Chanukah celebrated after WW2 and in other dark times – a much-needed source of light and inspiration.  Here’s…

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