my gratitude problem

Friends -- Looking towards the USA celebration of Thanksgiving tomorrow, there has been a gradual build-up in gratitude practices on social media and elsewhere. In my Jewish spirituality learning group – called a chavruta – we’ve been talking about it too. In that group I admitted something embarrassing: this gratitude stuff grates on me. It … Continue reading my gratitude problem

Reading the 18th Century, 04/17/17: Nathan the Wise 2 or Lessing and his Muslim Characters

Friends – I spent some time talking about Lessing’s plea for interfaith tolerance and understanding in a previous post about Nathan the Wise, a play written in German in the late 18th Century. You can read my thoughts about it here, and I recommend doing so before continuing with this post. Today, I’d like to … Continue reading Reading the 18th Century, 04/17/17: Nathan the Wise 2 or Lessing and his Muslim Characters

Sunday Night Special pre-chanukah edition, December 14th, 2014

Friends -- this has been a difficult, discouraging autumn, here in the United States and elsewhere. In the middle of this moral and political melancholy comes Chanukah, the so-called festival of lights -- a celebration filled with fried food and nightly presents, behind which lurks the complex historical shadow of a rebellion against foreign occupiers. … Continue reading Sunday Night Special pre-chanukah edition, December 14th, 2014