Religious Confusion, or: Cooperation

Poetry Partners #6 'Religious Confusion, or: Cooperation', a poem by Ron Rowland of 'Navigating This Thing We Call Life' A synagogue with a Catholic name and an Islamic architect And you thought you were confused I mean no disrespect Religious cooperation at its best eight hundred years ago Santa María la Blanca of Toledo, Spain… Continue reading Religious Confusion, or: Cooperation

If you’re comfortable with your belief…

Pluralism is no longer simply an asset or a prerequisite for progress and development; it is vital to our existence.-Aga Khan IV (b. 1936) I thought about the meaning of pluralism in a world where the forces that seek to divide us are strong. I came to one conclusion: We have to save each other.… Continue reading If you’re comfortable with your belief…

Life, the Universe, or: Everything

My 1st Duodora Oh, you believe that? Well, if it comforts you, that's wonderful. My perception and understanding of Life, the Universe and Everything are different, but you can respect that, right? Oh, you believe in Divine providence? How about the Devil, demons, ghosts, evil spirits, witches, and vampires? More power to you. Those are… Continue reading Life, the Universe, or: Everything

Empowered Judaism – the opportunity

Why "redemptive"? My wife tells me that I should calm down regarding the school that our daughter will be attending next year. I'm trying to, but I won't be able to get this out of my system unless I hash out my thoughts in writing. This isn't easy for me to write about succinctly because… Continue reading Empowered Judaism – the opportunity

Forms of poetry; forms of life

Exploring poetic forms Since creating this blog and embarking upon this chapter of my life journey nearly one year ago, I have taken to experimenting with various forms of poetry. From the first, I had no intention of becoming a poetry blogger. I only wanted to create a personal website on which to host my… Continue reading Forms of poetry; forms of life

Monotheists? Not more moral.

Intro: Monotheism v. polytheism Rather recently, I heard a young rabbi, a friend of mine, discussing monotheism with one of his Talmud students. She had been troubled by the line of religious reasoning that he'd espoused to the class; and she challenged him on the supposedly unique righteousness of monotheism. His responses to her, I… Continue reading Monotheists? Not more moral.

Jewish and normal

I had an unexpected flash of insight the other day regarding the following themes: My Jewish identityLiving in IsraelBlogging on WordPress My Jewish identity While I only encountered Orthodox Judaism and gradually began to adopt a religious lifestyle in college, I have always strongly identified as a Jew. If I were to sort the many… Continue reading Jewish and normal

Holiday thoughts: Jewish v. Not

Chanukah ended, and though I haven't written a word about it yet, I have been mulling something over quite a bit. Traditionally, there's a song that Jews sing after reciting the blessings and lighting the candles of the chanukiah 🕎. This song is called Ma'oz Tzur ("Strong Rock"), and there exists a popular, non-literal English… Continue reading Holiday thoughts: Jewish v. Not