In a day and age of functionality and productivity, where is the need for beauty or connection? And more importantly, how does Judaism fill that need?
In many ways, ritual is a checklist, and offers a helpful structure that we can then build off of.
Our reaction to Trevor Noah or Lena Dunham is not so much about them as it is about us.
Passover reminds us that we are free, which means that we have the freedom to choose how we act. Yet those actions will ultimately define who we are.
If we act “as if” we were trying to improve who we are and how we behave, we actually do improve who we are and how we behave.