The purpose of the mask is not just medical. It is an outward display of an inner feeling of sadness, and it shows others that we are coping with a difficult time, and that this summer lacks the same joy as last year’s.
One way, at least, that I’ve experienced heaven in this last week or two has been to realize that there’s so much to worry about that I can’t afford to engage in that process much at all.. And so about a week ago, I just simply said “You know what? There’s way too much to worry about, therefore I’m just not going to worry.”
Prayer is not a substitute for action. Rather, it is a preparation for it and often a summons to it.
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?
The policy action response—vis-à-vis that of “thoughts and prayers”—suggests a rejection of religion for solving the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. But it’s a bit more complicated and more faith-full than it appears upon first glance.
What would happen if we took Unetaneh Tokef literally, and truly ask the questions it poses?
When you use God to explain all the things that you can’t currently understand, then you are setting God up to be gone one day, when we do understand those things.
This prayer recited as day turns to night helps to acknowledge moments of transition we often miss.
If humans have learned over eons that intercessory prayer doesn’t “work”, why do we keep doing it?
How can the workplace and our other social institutions help dispel the myth that everyone is just in it for themselves?