Content on Creativity
The Power of Observation: A Conversation with Amy Herman
How does art resemble religion in the way it makes us stronger people?
The Surprising Interaction Among Technology, Culture and Religion: A Conversation with Sigal Samuel
Rabbi Mitelman spoke with Sigal Samuel, who writes about religion and technology for Vox and is also the author of “Osnat and Her Dove: The True Story of the World’s First Female Rabbi.”
Screen Time During the Pandemic: A Conversation With Tiffany Shlain
Rabbi Mitelman catches up with Tiffany Shlain to discuss how she has applied her idea of the Tech Shabbat amid the stresses of the pandemic.
Celebrating Women Scientists
“Beyond Curie” now features 45 portraits, each accompanied by the artist’s own view of the social and scientific significance of her subject’s work.
100 Years of Science Fiction in the Islamicate World
Science fiction provides us insight into how Muslim societies perceive themselves – and they see possibilities for the future.
Science and Religion: Playing in the Sandbox
How does play help us understand the rules of the game for both science and religion? How can they help us better understand and create more joy in the work that we do?
Seeing God in the Patterns — and Where the Patterns Break
As part of Sinai and Synapses’ series “More Light, Less Heat,” Rev. Dr. Ruth Shaver and Bill Richards discuss what inspires them to create and educate.
Give Your Brain a Rest
While hard work is the way ideas get actualized, rest is an effective way for us to evaluate our ideas.
Getting our B’nei Mitzvah to Understand (and Love) Torah Study
Too often, preparing students to become bar or bat mitzvah feels like “studying for the test.” And as anyone who has ever “studied for the test” knows, the day after the test, all the information goes in one ear and out the other. Instead, becoming bar or bat mitzvah should truly be about making a transition — namely, from being a child in the Jewish community to becoming an adult. And so as our 13-year-olds grow and develop, and as we celebrate their entrance into the Jewish community, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to teach them skills for life-long learning.
Do We Create Our Own Morality?
While an ethic of “do what you feel” would obviously be disastrous, there may be a way to transform this “moral individualism” into “moral ownership.”
What Would a “Conscious Judaism” Look Like?
Awareness, intentionality and self-knowledge have become rich sources of scientific inquiry. Interestingly, these ideas also have deep resonance with teachings found within Jewish tradition.
Why Can Judaism Embrace Science So Easily?
While some people think of science and religion as being inherently in conflict, I think it’s because they tend to define “religion” as “blind acceptance and complete certainty about silly, superstitious fantasies.” Quite honestly, if that’s what religion really was, I wouldn’t be religious! In fact, it’s not “religion” in general, but that particular definition of religion that is so often in conflict with science. Instead, my experience with Judaism has been that it embraces science quite easily. So why is that?