Content on Awe
How do we rediscover what we already know, that the world is awesome and full of wonder and that all of humanity shares in it together?
What has religion done for people that has allowed it to survive for so many upheavals over millennia?
We often think of awe as only happening on rare, momentous occasions, but we can also elicit milder forms of awe with more frequency and less effort.
On Chanukkah, we are all challenged not to take the many hours of darkness each day at face value.
We do not have as much control over our lives as we would like. But we do have a choice in how we perceive the world around us.
One way that Judaism teaches us to give voice, despite our speechlessness, is to invoke God’s name with words of blessing to give content and form to our awe and wonder.
There is just as much awe to be found through a microscope as a telescope.
One of the most powerful ways to bridge ideological barriers is to remind people that there is so much we don’t know about the world.
Science progresses only through scientists, who are indeed human beings – and perhaps one key to unlocking their excitement is a sense of awe.
David B. Yaden, PhD researches two topics in psychology that may be more (or less?) religious than they seem: professional callings and transcendent experiences.
What does the Jewish tradition see in the powerful emotion of awe? How does this compare to others?
When we look up at the vastness of the universe, does that make us feel very small, or does it make us feel connected to something so much larger?