Is illness morally evil, or is it the morally neutral result of organisms like viruses and bacteria and cancer cells all doing their best to survive and replicate, just as they were created to do?
Big Stories, like the ones forged by religion, could be a powerful motivator for climate action. How might we use this way of thinking to spur action while staying scientific?
Those who “know” and “care” can’t seem to understand why others don’t. But invoking guilt and disappointment is not the way to communicate it.
Does religious thought always have to be the opposite of logical, scientific thought?
Are we ready to give over human ethical agency to machines?
This interview between Isaac Alderman and Chris Cotter highlights the aspects of the science/religion debate that are particular to America.
Can an alternative to textual study offer us deeper levels of meaning?
As we begin this new year, there are millions like Hagar and Ishmael wandering their personal wildernesses in search of survival and needing aid. We learn from the Torah not to expect divine intervention to rescue them. We need to act ourselves, as did Hagar.
Perhaps we need a Yom Kippur for humanity, so we can then, acting as one, resolve to do better and protect our future.
Amid the sweetness and celebration of Rosh Hashana, rituals like Yizkor and hearing the sound of the shofar open up access to emotions that we often bottle up.