If humans have learned over eons that intercessory prayer doesn’t “work”, why do we keep doing it?
How can the workplace and our other social institutions help dispel the myth that everyone is just in it for themselves?
Does religion offer something special that science doesn’t?
Every mammal, big or small, has the same number of heartbeats in its life. I wondered whether the same laws of “scaling” would apply to the Jewish community.
Physically going to your mosque, temple, church, or place of worship continually predicts a longer life. Why would this be the case?
As someone whose shelves are overflowing with books about cognitive science, and who often integrates these findings with Jewish teachings, I want to share three books that teach Jewish ideas.
While we hope that our life is easy, with few storms to toss us around, when disasters do happen, we truly see our ability and our need to connect with others. And even more striking, we see just how much it brings out the best in everyone.
If we think of our neighbors as people we have to try to keep up with, then that will just make us miserable. But if we think of our “neighbors” as those we have a responsibility to, then we can realize the value and importance of moving away from our self-centered materialism.
Today, “Jewish identity” is no longer fixed, and it is no longer a given — it has to be created and nurtured in order to be chosen and embraced. And in fact, that has the potential to be a great boon for the Jewish community.