Weekly Links January 6th-13th 2012

“Imagine our world, and our discourse, if every one of us found the renewed courage to read, to think and to recognize that those with whom we instinctively tend to disagree might still have something to teach us.”

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=252395

http://www.jamesshelley.net/2012/01/root-of-democracy/

Oh well, guess we’ll just have to try to make the world a better place, then

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/05/f-2012-maya-calendar.html

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks waxing eloquent, once again

http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/4264

“We share a destiny with our enemies.”

http://www.ted.com/talks/paddy_ashdown_the_global_power_shift.html

Though at times Orthodoxy is painted as a straw-man, a wonderful look at halacha as an enriching system of law, not a cloistering one.

http://www.stateofformation.org/2012/01/seeking-freedom-behind-the-partition/

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