Content on Hope
What does the Omer teach us about hope?
How and when does God come up in our minds?
Why is it so hard for some of us to change, even if we want to?
“Gam zeh yaavor”—this too shall pass, whether “this” is a sorrowful or a joyful feeling or situation. This phrase can apply in a myriad of ways if we let it.
We are what happens when the dirt gets a voice, when the earth gets a conscience, when the world has arms and legs and a thinking, rational mind that can relate to the Creator.
How do we navigate between reason and optimism as they crash against each other?
There’s a reason why this story has become a bit of a flash point between the religious fundamentalists and the atheist fundamentalists in the world.
When we join hands we do so with wounds still open.
When we wade into dark and scary places, we find the seeds of growth.
Belief, joy, awe, curiosity — these feelings are more than religious. They are more than scientific. They are reflections of the best of what it means to be human. They are the sources from which both religion and science spring.
Having hopes and dreams are crucial to our well-being. We have to fantasize about the way our lives and our world might be, because they impel us forward. But it’s not enough simply to dream — we have to put in the work to make those dreams happen.
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?