Ritual telescopes time and place, bringing together past, present and future, sacred space and wherever we happen to be.
If this time in history is in fact the end of the world, it wouldn’t be the first time.
It is hard to be handed a 508 million year old fossil from the Burgess Shale and not realize that our problems and ideas are fairly small and short-lived.
How do both science and Judaism influence the way we think about time?
Money doesn’t have value in and of itself — its power comes in what it allows us to do. The question then is, are we using our money to help us do what we truly want to be doing?
It is far too easy for us to skim headlines and ignore context, to regurgitate ideas without considering them critically, and to find support only for perspectives we already buy into. Instead, we have a responsibility to go in depth.
Reflecting on the past is not the real purpose of memory. Instead, as Professor Steve Joordens says, memory is “any time when a past experience has an effect on current or future behavior.” In other words, memory is not about the past – memory is really about the present and the future.
While the calendar can remind us when sacred moments happen, we are the ones who have the power to truly make them significant.