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How Blessing Children on Shabbat Models Unconditional Love
Like the paradigmatic blessing for rain, the Shabbat practice of blessing children offers the gift of love in exchange for nothing.
Maariv Aravim: Bringing Awareness to Change
This prayer recited as day turns to night helps to acknowledge moments of transition we often miss.
Enlightenment Thinking and Tikkun Olam
The enhancement of human life across the board and across the globe is a story that takes decades or even centuries to unfold.
Jewish Ritual Can Help Us Bridge the Character Gap
How good are we? And how can ritual help us become better?
Don’t Confuse Ideology with Identity
In today’s society, ideas have transformed into identity.
Humans are Just Bigger Cats (or Smaller Elephants)
Every mammal, big or small, has the same number of heartbeats in its life. I wondered whether the same laws of “scaling” would apply to the Jewish community.
Trading Meaning for Power
Meaning is contextual. It allows us to change the story. And that, too, is a source of power.
What Artificial Intelligence Can Teach Us About Ourselves
Human beings have long wondered about the extent to which we truly have free will, or whether the path we travel is pre-ordained.
Why This Rabbi Marched for Science
If you see someone wearing a cross, or a hijab, or a kipah, don’t assume they are anti-science. And if you hear someone works in a lab, or does experiments, or simply loves science, don’t assume they are anti-religious.
How Science Can Help Jewish Professionals
Most Jews are probably more likely to read the New York Times science section or watch “Cosmos” than to engage in Talmud study.
Would Oliver Sacks Call Himself “Religious”?
When it comes to religious rituals, the goal is to see, “How is this impacting my life, my outlook, or my connection with others?”
Are We There Yet? Pluto and the Value of Patience
Patience is a required not only for awe-inspiring scientific discovery. It’s needed in our day-to-day lives, as well.