While we may say we want to live “forever,” we simply don’t emotionally or intellectually understand the size of ideas like “infinity” or “eternity.”
How have thinkers from Bergson and Einstein to Heschel reconciled that sensation of the flow of consciousness with the frozen spacetime picture?
How might thinking in a “Godly time-frame” help us take more urgent action about issues affecting us right now?
Perhaps we need a Yom Kippur for humanity, so we can then, acting as one, resolve to do better and protect our future.
When time proves to be dizzyingly complex, we can find firm footing in the grounded truth and quiet expanse of Shabbat.
This prayer recited as day turns to night helps to acknowledge moments of transition we often miss.
In the spring, on Passover and on Opening Day, everything feels possible.
How would future Jews, living off-planet, live Jewishly?
Ritual telescopes time and place, bringing together past, present and future, sacred space and wherever we happen to be.
If this time in history is in fact the end of the world, it wouldn’t be the first time.