Have you every been immersed in an environment that has profoundly changed you? Summer camp? A period in a yeshiva or seminary? Another intense all-encompassing experience?
Do we expect that our festivals/holidays act as immersive, transformative experiences?
Salt possesses two contrary, contradictory powers - water and fire - which correspond to the two qualities by which the world exists – the attribute of mercy and the attribute of strict justice. For this reason, God says "the salt of the covenant of your God."...
We each assist one another. When you think about it, we individuals are staying at home, not just to be protected, but to serve the public, to prevent ourselves spreading the disease. Our concern is certainly a collective one.
Do you connect more to Judaism of the head or of the heart?
Is it possible for different sub-groups in Judaism to have different expressions of Judaism or is there only a single legitimate mode of Jewish practice?
There is no hypocrisy in being ashamed of our weaknesses ... the all-important thing is to strive continually to improve and eliminate our defects...Where there is no sense of shame there is no sensitivity, no awareness and little chance of self-improvement.
“Do not covet” says to me – You have what you need. Don’t look around at others. Be satisfied with what you have. This sort of desire, or as Leon Kass calls it, “deformations of desire” leads us to under-appreciate what we have, and to seek things that, possibly, we sh...
Torah is read every three days. As we cannot go three days without water, we cannot survive three days without Torah. In order to ensure that the important things get done, we need to schedule them, to regulate our time so that we take care of that which is important e...
We need to educate the next generation. But we do that, more than anything else, by emulation and personal example, such that when children grow up, they will desire to participate in their Judaism because that is their parents’ passion.