December 24, 2013 at 1:00 am by noamsienna
(Continued from parts one and two) “The Bravest Thing He Ever Did”: Valour, Victory, and the Great Battle There is an emphasis throughout Tolkien’s work on what one might call “true heroism,” which comes not from martial victory and certainly not through needless violence, but from the choices we make to conduct ourselves with dignity. […]
December 18, 2013 at 2:00 am by noamsienna
(continued from part one here) “Over You Gold Shall Have No Dominion”: Greed, Goodness, and Learning to Grow The Dwarvish love of gold was not necessarily an inherent curse: the Dwarves were lovers of stones and gems, but “they are not evil by nature, and few ever served the Enemy of free will, whatever the […]
August 27, 2012 at 12:31 am by Jonah Rank
Accepting our destinies and trying to change them: drawing inspiration and frustration from Weird Al and The Boss. Also: Jewish views on astrology! (Maimonides thought it was dumb.)
February 27, 2012 at 8:21 am by Jonah Rank
Hillel the Elder and Ben Folds reflect on their selves in much the same way.
February 20, 2012 at 6:58 am by Jonah Rank
Weezer’s stupid lesson on how to complain well.
October 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm by Jonah Rank
Rabbi Perry Rank examines Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse’s duet of “Body and Soul” and other cases of bodies without souls or souls without bodies. What does Judaism have to say about these bodies and souls?
October 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm by Jonah Rank
A reflection on Jewish optimism and evaluation of wealth through the lens of two Springsteen songs.