The Jewish view of consciousness is not of homeostasis but of dynamism, conflict and change. Each moment we choose whether to be selfish or kind, impulsive or reflective.
Our souls develop within a web of relationships and it is through our experiences and actions that we evolve into who we are and how we think.
What happens in our bodies and in our brains when we join together in a communal liturgy, where people sing or dance or celebrate together?
How can a “Technology Shabbat” – a day away from screens – be informed by Judaism?
Like the paradigmatic blessing for rain, the Shabbat practice of blessing children offers the gift of love in exchange for nothing.
What is the interplay between the things that make us human and the things that make us superhuman?
What was that darkness? A black hole? What was that light? Electromagnetic energy? Radiation?
At the Jewish Center of Princeton, NJ, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School, joined Michael Graziano, PhD, to explore the topic “How Do You Think? A Jewish & Scientific Exploration of Consciousness.”
Memory, whether personal or collective, seems to be a central feature of Jewish practice.
If humans aren’t self-contained units, what’s our responsibility to the other elements that we’re connected to?