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Passover and the true meaning of freedom
Is freedom just another word for nothing left to lose? We seem to think so, even if we don’t think we think so. The very concept of freedom was introduced to the world 3328 years ago, and we’re still trying to understand what it means.

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Chicago — Fight for 15

Sure, we all want to earn a living wage. True, the wealth gap in this country has grown unbelievably. Indeed, social responsibility places demands on those who have toward those who have not. But beware the law of unintended consequences before you start making demands.

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So you think your dog loves you

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So you think your dog loves you

“I love my dog. My dog loves me.” If you haven’t said it, you’ve heard it. But is it true? A new study will leave some people barking mad.

Questions for Rabbi Yonason Goldson

Is there anything wrong with the idea that love exists between man and dog?
So how are we confused about what love really is?
Tell us about this new study that might make us rethink our relationship with dogs.
Are you saying that people shouldn’t have dogs, or any pets?
Is our attitude toward our pets a symptom of something larger?

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MeI graduated the University of California with a degree in English in 1983, then set off across the United States hitching rides and sleeping in hostels, campgrounds, or by the side of the road.  Half a year later, I set out farther afield, this time across Europe, intending to circle the globe via Africa, Australia, and a return trip to Asia.  (But that’s another story.)

Too weary to carry on after months on ten-dollars-a-day, I crossed the Mediterranean for the Land of Israel.  There, I planned to occupy myself picking oranges on a kibbutz before stalking the southern hemisphere.  You can read about some of my adventures here.

We know what happens when Man plans.  A strong dollar had given a few million other young Americans the same idea, and there wasn’t a spot to be found on any kibbutz in the country — an unprecedented event.  With dwindling funds and a depleted constitution, I took a most unlikely turn and found myself as a neophyte in a talmudical seminary.

It took two months, ceaseless bouts of syllogistic sparring, and a former professor of philosophy from Johns Hopkins University to convince me to see the world in a new light.  Read about how my background in literature sparked my personal awakening here.

I spent the next nine years learning ancient languages and studying the accumulated wisdom of 3300 years, starting a family, earning my rabbinic ordination, and acquiring the credentials to teach Mankind’s most profound wisdom to others.  After leaving Israel, my wife and I spent a year teaching in Budapest, Hungary.  You can get a taste of our experiences here.

Two years later we moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where we have lived since 1996.  I teach high school, lecture adults, and write on contemporary issues, currents events, inspiration, education, childraising, history, philosophy, spirituality, and self-awareness for Jewish and popular journals.

In between the responsibilities of my day-job, I have been invited to address such organizations as the Kiwanis Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Oasis, as well as a variety of religious and secular audiences.

Any questions?  I answer the most frequent ones here.

Please contact me at yonasongoldson [at] gmail.com.

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