How do we picture an infinite God being with us?
We can grow in faith by deepening our patience toward God, but we grow in strength by preserving a small seed of loving impatience toward ourselves.
Perhaps we will remember this time by the actions we took, not the time spent in our homes. Perhaps we will measure this time in phone calls, in virtual connectivity, in mask-clad smiles.
How can a “Technology Shabbat” – a day away from screens – be informed by Judaism?
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.