Strengthen the bonds of belonging…

The essential dilemma of my life is between my deep desire to belong and my suspicion of belonging.-Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967) No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.-Frank Lloyd Wright… Continue reading Strengthen the bonds of belonging…

Ethical will: Education

Internal obstacles to writing this entry I've been thinking of writing an ethical will entry on education for some time now, but it's been challenging for me to begin. For me, there are three obstacles: The strong personal association I draw between Judaism and placing a high value on education, which I worry may come… Continue reading Ethical will: Education

Ethical will: Loving-kindness

In composing my ethical will, I usually find myself resistant to including entries that should, according to my sensibilities, be self-evident. That's not to say that I personally exemplify any of these self-evidently positive traits; rather, it is to say that I wish I did. On the other hand, my ethical will is, by default,… Continue reading Ethical will: Loving-kindness

The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 10

My father z"l identified as a non-religious Jew, ร  la the Israeli paradigm of religious identity (as does my mother), but this bears clarification. Babushka z"l (my mother's mother) described my parents as "religious," which both would consider amusing. I spoke with my Babushka nearly every day for years, and she often voiced this. According to her, my wife and… Continue reading The skeptic’s kaddish for the atheist, 10