Word of the Day Olam Keminhago Noheg

As the Jewish sages taught long ago, the world doesn't always work the way we'd like it to.

In the tractate Avoda Zara, the Talmud tells us that Roman philosophers asked Jewish sages why, if they believed God was so antagonistic toward idol worship, had he not simply rid the world of it? The sages responded that if people had nothing else to worship, they would still bow before the sun, the moon and the stars. The idea, they said, wasn't to destroy the world as a way of preventing some people from...