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A Psychological Look Behind Jihadist Terror

17 Sivan 5772 – June 6, 2012
Sculptor Alberto Giacometti's “Man Pointing” gesticulates ominously. Emaciated, skeletal, and tormented, the iconic sculpture is an artistic expression of humankind's stalwart march toward suffering and recurring annihilation. Resembling the Swiss creator’s gaunt and unnaturally elongated figure, each of us has now become both a potential observer and a prospective casualty.

NY Post Spreading Misinformation, Jew Baiting Humor

23 Nisan 5772 – April 15, 2012
An April 13 short item on the number of inmates in the NYC jail system who receive kosher meals was headlined: "20 inmates fat on glatt." Now, is this a suggestion that City jail kosher meals be made more healthful, perhaps with larger salad portions and less fatty, albeit kosher, meat – or was this a callused NY Post insult to Jewish criminals who are so insolent, they won't even eat pig like a decent Christian convict?

The Mercy Of Hashem

30 Shevat 5772 – February 22, 2012
The entire Jewish nation – every man, woman, and child – experienced the revelation of Hashem on Har Sinai. They saw Hashem as clearly as humans can, and they attained a level of prophecy. Now they were being offered one of the greatest gifts imaginable: Hashem Himself was going to dwell among them.

Religion And Psychiatry

12 Adar I 5771 – February 16, 2011
The following article, published March 11, 1960, is the first column Dr. Mandel wrote for the newspaper.

Is Curious George Jewish? Monkeys and Jewish Art

17 Av 5770 – July 28, 2010
Monkeys and apes are generally symbols of base passion, particularly lust, in Western art. Giovanni Battista Foggini's 17th century bronze sculpture "The Fall of Man" shows not only the serpent dangling from the Tree of Knowledge tempting Adam and Eve, but also a monkey seated behind the tree eating an apple. Foggini may have gotten the idea from Jan Brueghel the Elder, whose 1612 painting "Garden of Eden" features a monkey prominently, or from a c. 1410 "The Garden of Eden" by an unknown artist in Frankfurt. A century earlier, Martin Luther had famously referred to Satan as "God's ape," building upon the then-popular view of monkeys as unintelligent animals that simply mimicked primitive human behavior.

How Some Extraordinary People Saved Our Pesach

12 Iyyar 5769 – May 6, 2009
I've long been familiar with the saying "Man proposes and G-d disposes," but the depth of its meaning was recently brought home to me suddenly and unexpectedly.

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