Category Archives: Commentary

Today’s News Is Better Than You Think

Today‚Äôs news stories included poppy farmers in Afghanistan, human rights abuses in war-torn Syria, torture, Ebola, and poverty in the US. Obviously the world is going to hell, not in a handbasket, but on a jet plane. For anyone else … Continue reading

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Dear Anonymous, You Are Not My Enemy

Dear Anonymous, You are not my enemy. You support beliefs that I disagree with. I abhor them, in fact, because I see the great harm that comes from them. You think the same thing about my ideas. Our ways of … Continue reading

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A Look Inside Our Two-Tier Health System

When strep throat hit our family this week, I had the eye-opening opportunity to compare the two worlds of health care in a single day. Under the new health exchange, my children were put on Medi-Cal, our state’s new and … Continue reading

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The Ritual “Rebaking” of a Child vs. Baptism: What Two Rites of Rebirth Can Teach Us About the Problem of Existence

When an ancient ritual persists into the twentieth century, surviving all the upheavals of modernization, it has surely touched something deep in the human psyche. Rebaking a child was one such rite, once practiced widely throughout Eastern Europe: by Russians, … Continue reading

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Deciding the Fate of Russia’s Orphans: a Religious Perspective

On December 28, 2012, Vladimir Putin signed a new Russian law, which, among other things, prohibits Russian orphans from being adopted by American citizens. Variously referred to as the “anti-Magnitsky” law or the “law of Dima Yakovlev” (named for the … Continue reading

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