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Issue XI

Elliot Toman

Is Realist Theory Still Relevant?

International Relations theory has often upheld Realism as the best and most useful way to understand foreign affairs. In the aftermath of the messy 2010s and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, perhaps this no longer holds weight.

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A Time of Transcendence

When we have true faith, we rise above evil and see the completeness of the divine plan in all events.

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Can We Transcend Our Hyper-Partisan Rage?

Half of America is happy to wrap itself in the flag; the other half simply wants to take a knee. Something has to give, because such stark and cavernous divisions are simply not sustainable.

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The Challenge of ‘Ever After’

Review of Invited to Life: Finding Hope After the Holocaust, by B.A. Van Sise Any attempt to present the experiences of Holocaust survivors faces daunting challenges. There’s a delicacy that’s required, entrusted, as one is, with incomparably precious materials. The weight of responsibility, the transcendent standards are ever-present. The worldly, moral question—“What would you have…

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Trashed: Garbage, Barbarism + Spectacle in American Culture

In our digital world, trashing compels us to gaze at the digital carnage flowing through our social media feeds. It compels us to enjoy the waste of the person (or thing) who (that) has been trashed.

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The Path of Personal Transcendence

Looking in from the outside, by many measures, my life has been a failure—an example of unrealized potential resulting from poor (or at least questionable) decisions. But the point of examining one’s own life is to reflect on the events and situations spawned from those decisions and at least try to learn some meaningful lessons from them. If the lessons are valuable, then what appeared to be failure actually may be success.

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The Persistence of Wonder

This is the unlikely report of survival—of an artform, of the methodologies that inform it, and the body of knowledge, that it gives form to. It’s a report about the persistence of illumination: the decorative illustration of religious manuscripts, but also the endurance of interpretation in an age that often claims to be beyond history.  …

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The Sovietization of U.S. Schools

This, then, is the very heart of the matter: that our schools have become institutions where our children are inculcated in a neo-Marxist driven framework of ethics.

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The End of Major Political Parties

Everyone knows that chaos provides a void to be filled. It is high time that classical liberals fill that void once more and establish a new and more just order—yet this requires vanquishing the inequalities so valued by Neo-Marxism and alt-right politics.

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Censorship in Science

The problem is that virtually every institution of our culture has been commandeered by activists whose philosophy, I believe, can be summarized as pure Orwellian doublethink: “There is no such thing as objective truth, and we have it.”

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Shema

You have been given a gift.It is woveninto the fabric of your being.Just as youare weaving your ownvibrant thread in the Jewish tapestry,a 4,000-year-old quiltthat blankets our people in its weightof justice and goodness. You are a branch in a treewhose roots reach the centerand the beginning of the earth,the tree of knowledgein Eden.For you…

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Dayenu

Had HE planned our persecution but disclosed its purpose, Dayenu.

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