Content on Memory
Our present selves don’t exist in a vacuum; we impact (and are impacted by) all those who came before and after us.
Alan Mitelman z”l, father of Sinai and Synapses’ Founding Director Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman and friend and supporter of the organization, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023. May Alan’s memory always be for a blessing.
When we recount the Haggadah through the symbolic actions of Pesach-matzah-maror, we are not simply recalling a historical event, but are engaging in a process of self-perfection, striving toward human wholeness, and experiencing divine spirituality.
Are humans on autopilot, relying on habits to navigate the world, or are we fully in control of our lives, actively deciding who we are and who we want to be?
Similar to the Dall-E prompts, we can choose our words, but once ideas are out in the world, the things we see and hear are outside of our control.
How does our collective story influence our memory – and how we adapt to the future?
What’s so powerful about stories is that we can help edit or recontextualize them, especially if the events themselves were challenging at the time.
How are memory’s weaknesses actually its strengths, and how can we embrace them?
As Pesach approaches, what actually happens when you remember?
Memory, whether personal or collective, seems to be a central feature of Jewish practice.
By joining a neuroscientific analysis of memory with a religious exploration of remembrance, we can see how each process can help us understand the other — and ourselves.
So what was I thinking during my game?!