A conversation between Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman and Dr. David DeSteno about how religious rituals are designed to help us find relief, connection and solace.
Let the New Year bring a world that is sweet, not inherently, not because we ignore what is sour, but because we work to make it sweet.
Hate needs a vaccine. As Dr. King Jr said, “the time is always right to do what is right”. Now is the right time.
For months now, we’ve been making real sacrifices. And since the downsides are clear, apparent and immediate, while the victories are invisible, uncertain and down the road, it’s been really difficult, both emotionally and financially.
Professors Emily Oster and Stuart Firestein offer advice for rabbis for deciding what to do about the High Holy Days during COVID-19 – and how to live with the unavoidable uncertainty.
The difficulty of judging our need for physical distance can turn into something much worse: moral distance.
What was that darkness? A black hole? What was that light? Electromagnetic energy? Radiation?
Memory, whether personal or collective, seems to be a central feature of Jewish practice.
Some truths are true because they are the stories that shape our perspective on the world. Torah is the inspiration for, and the vessel that holds, this Truth.
“Gam zeh yaavor”—this too shall pass, whether “this” is a sorrowful or a joyful feeling or situation. This phrase can apply in a myriad of ways if we let it.