Author: Dovid Gottlieb

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Back to the Future

A number of years ago I was walking through Barnes & Noble when I noticed a shocking book jacket. The title, emblazoned in big, bright red letters was Shanda and...

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An Unexpected Pesach Present

While my children were out purchasing their “afikoman presents” with my in-laws, I happened on my own holiday present in the form of a remarkable article by Dr. Francis Collins....

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Frightening and Tragic Confirmation

In my previous Cross-Currents post I made reference to the frightening and tragic “culture of death” that has engulfed large parts of the Palestinian population. In the comments section, a...

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Societal Values

I read about the current “Oprah controversy” with a mixture of concern and curiosity. For those who are not familiar with the story, the basic facts are as follows: Oprah...

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The Virtue of Struggle

There is something quite shocking about the Rev. Ted Haggard scandal. But it’s not what you might think. The allegations leveled against Rev. Haggard are obviously salacious, but in today’s...

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Mr. October

I had barely a passing interest in the World Series this year. That was not because I am indifferent to baseball but – primarily – because of the poor showing...

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Not My Bar Mitzvah Speech

I have long had mixed feelings about parshas Bereishis. On the one hand, it’s my Bar Mitzvah parshah – and let’s just say that . . . there’s a reason...

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Not Always Divine

The horrific murder of five Amish schoolgirls and the response to those murders by the Amish community has attracted extensive news coverage and inspired much meaningful commentary. Perhaps the most...