Torah study and modern behavioral economics treat the appeal of instant gratification similarly — and reveal how to resist it.
When doctors tell heart patients that they will die if they don’t change their habits, only 1 in 7 will be able to follow through successfully.
Even if the Jews at Sinai accepted the Torah’s laws, all future generations did not. What, then, obligates us in this divine contract?
How can we know that the sages of the Talmud weren’t interpreting the Torah for their own selfish aims rather than for the good of society?
Power has the unfortunate side effect of making us less sensitive to those around us.
Does living a moral life requires dedicated years of Torah study? Or is morality something any sensitive person can pick up through genuine empathy?
Why does it seem like so many more people fully observe the rules of keeping Shabbat than fully observe the rules of keeping kosher?
In Judaism, the ends do not justify the means, and words can certainly hurt you.
It seems to be the defining spirit of our age. But is it actually good advice?
Does being a person of faith and integrity require constant, brutal honesty?