When We Are Afraid of Hope

When We Are Afraid of Hope

With the new year, many of us have been thinking about resolutions and changes we want to make in our lives. Why do we get “stuck” in the face of uncomfortable but possibly important life choices?  As part of Scientists in Synagogues, United Synagogue of Hoboken members who are rabbinic scholars, behavioral scientists, and mental health clinicians gathered monthly throughout 2020-2021 to discuss the relationship between Judaism and psychology for a program they called “Minds and Midrash”.

Their culminating public program featured Ross Ellenhorn, Ph.D., author of Why We Change (and Ten Reasons Why We Don’t), and Rabbi Robert Scheinberg, who discussed what behavioral science can teach us about hope and change in our lives – and how stories from the lives of Moses and Jonah make us feel less alone in our struggles with change.

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(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. This program was the public culmination of “Minds and Midrash,” which gathered rabbinic scholars, behavioral scientists, and mental health clinicians in the United Synagogue of Hoboken community for monthly discussions).

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