Q: I understand why Orthodox Jews in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., have fought for an eruv for years, so I don't blame them for it, and congratulate them for finally "winning" one from village officials.
Q: If you could be God for a day, why would you want the opportunity? Just as you did in a recent column, I've wondered, as a pediatric surgeon, why God made a world where children developed cancer and more.
Q: Why are there different "versions" of the 10 Commandments? A: There's only one version of the Ten Commandments and it's in the Bible in two places.
Q: Today, at the doctor's office, the woman checking me in was wearing two rosaries with crucifixes. I noted that her nails were very long and painted with pictures of some kind.
Q: God, we're told, is a loving God. A: I've seen far too often how the personal and collective catastrophes of life suddenly intrude or slowly corrode the fabric of our hope. We are on a blessed road, but it's a bumpy road.
Q: As an occasional writer, a firm believer in freedom of speech, and former editor of my junior high school newspaper, I'm not a race-baiter, an Islamophobe, or an anti-Semite. A: Like you, I'm also crushed by the recent carnage in France.