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?
Does religious thought always have to be the opposite of logical, scientific thought?
Not only has science advanced by leaps and bounds since we were in college in the 70’s, but some of the things we learned as scientific “fact” are no longer “facts” at all.
The fact that a poetic statement like “human life is like a bowl of cherries” is a false scientific fact does not detract from its profound truth, reality, and insight.
How can we better integrate science and Jewish life, Jewish identity and Jewish values?
While meaning is certainly subjective, morality is also not completely objective, either.
While conversations about truth and morality often pit science and religion in opposition to each other, when we talk about meaning and values, science and religion can come together in productive ways.
Many of the things that make our brains happy are now more harmful than helpful. And some people place religion in that category, as well. Religion is like fatty foods, they claim — something we should outgrow and move beyond. But I think the better question is, what aspects of religion should we try to outgrow?