Weekly Links December 27th 2013 – January 3rd 2014

“Every new philosophical generation takes it as its duty to point out the failures of the previous one; it is as though, no matter what it does, philosophy is doomed to fail. Yet from failure to failure, it has thrived over the centuries. As Emmanuel Levinas memorably put it (in an interview with Richard Kearney), “the best thing about philosophy is that it fails.” Failure, it seems, is what philosophy feeds on, what keeps it alive. As it were, philosophy succeeds only in so far as it fails.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/in-praise-of-failure/?_r=0

What an articulate, young Jewish-leader-to-be

http://onsophiastreet.com/2013/12/22/faith-in-the-future/

A stark reminder of how far we have wandered for civil discourse about Israel

http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/2013/12/when-bashing-anti-zionists-borders-on.html

An interesting look at the different approaches Conservative and Orthodox Jews have taken towards halakha

http://mosaicmagazine.com/supplemental/2013/12/the-crisis-in-jewish-law-today/

What we will believe when confronted by our finitude

http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_cave_the_4_stories_we_tell_ourselves_about_death.html

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