Abraham Joshua Heschel
It has been astounding and disturbing to observe the silence of Republican leaders on the dastardly statement the president
The 43d yohrzeit (death-anniversary) of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel falls this year on this coming Tuesday evening and Wednesday, the 18th day of the Jewish lunar "moonth" of Tevet (Dec. 29-30).
Selma does many remarkable things beautifully and powerfully, but the one message it fails to communicate is the one most central to the civil rights movement and most needed in our day; namely, this fusion of the spiritual with the political.
Science is in constant flux. New discoveries are made. New insights arise. New paradigms overturn previous ways of thinking. So if we base our religious outlook on scientific findings, what will happen to our theology when the science changes?
Like all important works of art, Greer's play leads with story, aspires to beauty, and avoids didactic lessons. This is a work about history and faith, about how maddeningly long it takes for religious traditions to change, and about how inspiring it is that they do so at all.
Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.
I don't often get to say that I feel like Moses, but I did at one point in the past year. There was a discovery made this summer of epic proportions, one that is going to change, we are told, the face of physics and perhaps our entire understanding of the universe.
On Yom Kippur about 2,500 years ago, Isaiah walked into a crowd that felt good because (having fasted for about 18 hours already) it felt bad. He called out that merely refraining from food and drink was not the point.
There's a boundary that must be crossed before a poem can sing its song. Read enough times, a verse becomes like breath, and the words flow within. Then, the music emerges, and thus the words ascend.
Simran Sethi: What do you think about sharing the ticket with Barack Obama? Dennis Shulman: You're making me blush. . . Simran