In Defense of Shame

What some contemporary heroes of culture and politics have in common is not contempt for the law, but contempt for guilt

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Eating guilt. In 1890, Haim Nahman Bialik wrote a short poem that has two titles: “Eating Guilt” and “The Penitent.” The poem describes how, on the eve of Yom Kippur, as part of the holiday’s Kappara ritual,...