Author Archives: Norman Lamm

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm is the Chancellor Emeritus of Yeshiva University and Rosh Ha-Yeshiva of its affiliate, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

The Varieties of Anonymity

by R. Norman Lamm This essay is excerpted with permission from Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages–Exodus. All brackets and ellipses are added by the editor. This essay was written in 1974 but seems even more timely today in the Internet age. In the Bible, as in all Semitic culture, a name is more than a means of identification. ...

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Conventional Fictions

Hypocrisy is rightly a despised trait, and the word “hypocrite” a harsh and contemptuous epithet reserved for vile people. It is all the more unfortunate, therefore, that the popular condemnation of insincerity is not always matched by a correspondingly universal abstention from this vice in the affairs of man in society. Every day many thousands of letters are written in ...

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