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Glue, tikkun

Ephemera / Spirit

An old story says that when God first let his light shine in the chaos of the new universe, the universe shattered wherever the light came in. And so we live in a shattered world and life is a constant effort to glue the pieces of the world back together. But it’s by dealing with the cracks that I grow. I learn from my failures in everything from studying math to learning again and again […]

No rapture

Spirit

How to think of the believers in the ersatz Rapture? I feel sorry for them, but only a little bit. They’re adults and entitled to make ridiculous spiritual choices. I’ve made a few of those myself. Ridicule? It’s so very hard not to. And there are, of course, serious things going on all the time that actually require our attention and efforts; the tornado in Joplin MO is the first thing that comes to mind. […]

Catholic bishops behaving deceitfully: what a surprise

Judaism / Spirit

A major objection I have always had about Christianity and Catholicism is their constant attempts to shove their beliefs down the throats of those who believe otherwise. In the following, it’s blatantly obvious that the bishops were taking advantage of a good-faith effort by Jewish leaders. NEW YORK – Major Jewish groups and rabbis from the three largest branches of American Judaism said Thursday that their relationship with Roman Catholic leaders is at risk because […]

Sustained wonder — qotd

Judaism / qotd

This is the meaning of a Jew and Judaism, the very meaning of the word: To live in a state of sustained wonder. To know that there are things beyond human grasp. That the very existence of anything at all is beyond knowing. And then to strive to know. — Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe