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?
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.
Answering difficult questions about the world and comforting people in a time of need requires the best wisdom from both religion and science.
The quest for perfect vision—or any other repair or improvement in our physical bodies—often obscures bigger-picture things, like the moral and ethical implications of such research.
How can the workplace and our other social institutions help dispel the myth that everyone is just in it for themselves?
Can religion — as a source of creative meaning — “inoculate” us against the fears that naturally arise?
We shouldn’t stop consulting traditional world maps, with their borders and demarcations. But we could probably all benefit from a glance at the Pale Blue Dot map, too.
What scientific and religious tools can we use to help us deal with trauma?
We are mindful of that web that connects all of us, and we will, God-willing, emerge to tread more softly, honoring one another in our shared human vulnerability.
When we join hands we do so with wounds still open.