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Mandy Patinkin and the Princess Bride: Justice, Revenge, and Jewish Spirituality

If you were on Facebook or Twitter last week, you probably saw the CBS interview with Mandy Patinkin. He’s probably best known for this line from the classic movie The Princess Bride: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. The Princess Bride was released when I was 16. My friends and I would throw that line back and forth whenever we competed against one another. Monopoly. Ba ...

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Agamemnon Revisited: Peace and Violence at “The Water’s Edge”

There is an unholy trinity at the center of Theresa Rebeck’s play, The Water’s Edge, making its Chicago premiere with the AstonRep Theatre Company this fall. Helen and her two adult children, Nate (27) and Erica (23), have been living for seventeen years in their house at the edge of the lake in which a third child, Lea, drowned at the age of five. They are bound together by an unholy compact: Helen assigns ...

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Glenn Greenwald and the British Government: A Tale of Truth and Revenge

When Glen Greenwald published the secrets exposed by Edward Snowden about the NSA, he was motivated to tell us the truth about that agency’s questionable security tactics. But now Greenwald is motivated by revenge. He wants to retaliate against British Government for detaining his partner for nine hours at London’s Heathrow Airport. Greenwald claims it was an abuse of power and an act of intimidation. Accor ...

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The Forgiving Corpse: A Parable

How’s this for an unlikely scenario? One of the characters in Keith Huff’s new crime comedy, Big Lake Big City, is a petty criminal named Stewart who ends up not quite dead after a screwdriver accidently gets embedded in his skull. If the doctors try to remove it, he will die; if they leave it in, he will die. But somehow he isn’t dead yet. For a few days he walks around in a liminal space between life and ...

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The Ethics of Revenge: Bin Laden, Navy SEALs and Shakespeare

“No Easy Day”, a firsthand account of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is not even out yet and it’s already a bestseller on Amazon.com and BN.com. The author who tried to publish under a pseudonym has been identified by Fox News, his book is under investigation by the Pentagon for possible national security violations, and jihadists are calling for his assassination. He can’t be surprised to ...

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Evil and Justice in a Broken World: The NCAA and Penn State

Good people want justice. Good people know that the world is broken and most of that brokenness is due to people committing acts of evil. When good people desire justice, they desire to set the world right from the consequences of evil. Justice is a good thing. But it is also a complicated thing. There is truth you might not suspect in the cliché that “Justice is blind,” because our desire for justice can b ...

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The Choices: State of Grace or Mortal Sin

“… everything seems to indicate that violent imitation is the rule of the day.” - Rene Girard, Battling to the End, 13. Does imitative violence rule the day, as Girard suggests? There is good reason to take his warning seriously.  During the last two weeks we have seen examples of imitative violence in the name of justice.  First there was Troy Davis, who was executed on September 21 for the murder of polic ...

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The Taliban and the Navy Seals – Violence and Nonviolence

Adam discusses the new Raven Foundation project "Be a Hero for Peace" and how violence and non-violence work. Violence is mimetic in that it leads to more violence, and violence that escalates. This happens in our personal lives with physical and verbal violence, but it also happens on a national scale as well. What's the way out? Nonviolence, forgiveness, and love. Nonviolence, used in the spirit of love a ...

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The Casey Anthony Verdict: Is the Devil Dancing?

Emotions have been running high since last week’s acquittal of Casey Anthony in the murder trial of her two year old daughter Caylee Anthony.  Many have lived with this case since Caylee’s murder three years ago.  The case has been a media sensation for many reasons, one being that Casey Anthony has made for a very good villain.  She is portrayed as monster of a human being – a mother who would rather party ...

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Taylor Swift’s Revenge

Taylor Swift’s latest hit, Mean, is full of anger, resentment, bitterness, and a desire for revenge. And I like it. Swift apparently wrote Mean after a critic wrote very “mean” things about her.  So, Swift is a victim of a mean critic and she sings the song for all people who have been victimized.  She claims, “When you write a song and it comes from such a vulnerable moment in my life and then you get to s ...

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