The Miracle of Hanukkah: Less is More

In his slim volume entitled Hundred Dollar Holiday, Bill McKibben points out that the holidays of December no longer work for most of us.  When Walmart extends Black Friday to five days, and we view it with dread rather than … Continue reading

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The Imponderables of Life

During the High Holiday season we pray, “Remember us unto life.”  It has been pointed out that in the center of the word “life” is the word “if.” If suggests the unpredictable, tumultuous, precarious, dangerous world in which  we live. … Continue reading

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Elevators of Religion-From Cellar to Penthouse

To expand on a previous blog entitled “Welcome to Cellar Religion”: the mission of religion is to serve as an elevator lifting people from the cellar of untamed, emotional religious enthusiasm and zeal, which needs to be disciplined and purified, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Cellar Religion

As reported by James Carroll in a Boston Globe editorial, a new Islamic Sunni extremist group in Iraq has as its motto, “God shall torture them by your hands.”  This is cellar religion– devoid of reason, devoid of  ethics, devoid … Continue reading

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Digital Relationships

     A Boston College philosophy professor; who teaches a class that examines spirituality, relationships and personal development, gives extra credit to any student who will go on a date. Contemporary students gravitate to group activities that give them a feeling … Continue reading

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Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity                 We all know what chaos is.  It carries the popular meaning of a massive and dangerous breakdown of order or consensus.  We see it all around us in the world: dysfunctional individuals, dysfunctional families, dysfunctional businesses … Continue reading

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Slavery in Freedom

One of the fathers of modern Zionism, the Hebrew essayist and thinker, Asher Ginsberg (1856-1927), who wrote under the pen name Ahad Ha-Am, has an essay called “Slavery in Freedom.” In it he described assimilated West European Jews who gave … Continue reading

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The Fallacies of Conventional Wisdom

R. Buckminster Fuller, father of the geodesic dome and one of the great geniuses of the 20th century, was walking along the ocean toward sundown. He met a student and asked him:  “What is happening when the sun turns from … Continue reading

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`The Spiritual Heimlich Maneuver

.     Kabbalists speak of a passageway, a channel, that connects the mind to the heart. This channel enables the heart to feel what the mind is thinking. Through this passageway our thoughts travel on the way to becoming emotions. Thus … Continue reading

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The Quick Fix

A young woman I know, at my suggestion, enrolled in a mind-body course organized by a leading expert in mind-body medicine.  The people in the course suffered from a wide spectrum of ailments, physical, psychological and spiritual.  Some were in … Continue reading

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