It is hard to be handed a 508 million year old fossil from the Burgess Shale and not realize that our problems and ideas are fairly small and short-lived.
Can religion — as a source of creative meaning — “inoculate” us against the fears that naturally arise?
What scientific and religious tools can we use to help us deal with trauma?
Once I accept reality, I can begin to work on the world as it is, rather than the world that exists in my head.
While “positive thinking” won’t often help us address our biggest problems, a positive affect can help us expand our horizons.
The reason why so many liberal Jews are feeling so torn about what is happening in Israel right now — two of our foundational beliefs are in conflict.
Yes, there are reasons to be afraid. But it is crucial for our fears not to dictate our actions. After all, it is far too easy to use emotions like anger, sadness or anxiety as justifications for “why we did what we did.” Instead, our responsibility is to act on our deepest values — even though we are afraid.
When we have to take an action that is correct and appropriate — but also potentially difficult and controversial — are we brave enough to take it?
The most effective punishments generally exceed their crimes, because they not only punish the wrong-doer, they act as a powerful deterrents. But “effective” doesn’t necessarily mean “moral.”