Me: Why are we getting married? Actually married and not just cohabiting on a permanent basis? Mr Perfect: For tax purposes! Me: Really? That’s the only reason? Mr Perfect: Because it is the socially sanctioned contractual arrangement, encoding normative gender roles and property rights, that provides legitimation and financial advantages within American legal and economic
It started with a rainbow. It started with an earth-drenching flood, and then a rainbow. It started with a story. Once upon a time there was an earth-drenching, life-drowning primordial flood, and a white dove, and a simple promise written in a rainbow: Never again. And of course we all believed. Because, well… A rainbow!
The daily life of modern man presents a horrific picture of a seemingly irreversible reality. An unending ambush of terror and intolerance denies any attempt for normalcy; suicide bombings in Iraq and Pakistan, nuclear rhetoric in the East, mass shootings in schools and malls in the United States. The insanity is overwhelming. Yet the true
As I write this, my year studying in Israel is coming to a close, and as an American liberal Jew living in Jerusalem, I’m more confused about what “covenant” means than ever before. Perhaps because, on my daily walk to school, I pass by dozens of people, each with entirely different notions of the same
We often tend, these days, to overlook the true significance of the covenantal relationship: probably in no small part because modern Western culture has no real analogue to covenants. A covenant is not quite a treaty, not quite a pact of friendship or love, not quite a business contract, not quite a social contract, not