Category Archives: Judaism
Hineni might be the best one-word Jewish prayer.
I interviewed an Israeli woman earlier this week as part of the work I’m doing. Of course I had to tell her I’m a recent convert. She immediately brightened up and demanded to know why I did it. I tried … Continue reading
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
Well, I tried to write about my books and how I want to prune my library, and ended up writing a history of my interests. I know there are loose ends, but I am tired of writing, so blat, here … Continue reading
Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad Adonai Mefuzar
It seems that in the 19th Century “metaphysical need” for “metaphysical comfort” was more common than in the 20th Century, where the needs and comforts were anti-metaphysical. This strikes me as an ontological analogue to the epistemological struggles (or were … Continue reading
Behind the symbolic forms of any person’s “religion” is something much deeper, a religion-behind-the-religion which cannot be spoken about in any direct way but which can be effectively summoned, concentrated, evoked, extended, intensified and hopefully shared through religious forms — … Continue reading
A friend of mine said “…so basically, Jesus converted you to Judaism.” Yes. My attempts to understand Jesus’s teaching without the overwhelming influence of Paul’s interpretation led me to sharing Jesus’s faith, which precludes idolizing him as a god, a … Continue reading
In conflicts, there are four sides to every story: there is my side, there is your side, there is what I think your side is, and there is what you think my side is. If you want to know a … Continue reading
Formless realities cannot be grasped with formal thinking, but our relationship with formless realities can be. Formally grasping our relationship with formless realities makes these relationships with formless realities more bearable. This is mainly a note to myself at … Continue reading
What isn’t religion’s purpose? Here is a partial list: Religion’s purpose is not to give us true beliefs. Religion’s purpose is not to get us to act some particular way. Religion’s purpose is not to make us feel some particular … Continue reading
If you believe Earth was created as a paradise meant to remain perfect, but made imperfect by human wickedness, every flaw will be viewed as an example of corruption that should never have happened. If you believe Earth was created … Continue reading
While I’m scanning passages from C. Robert Mesle’s Process-Relational Philosophy, here are two more that inspired me. The first passage appeals to my designer consciousness: Descartes was wrong in his basic dualism. The world is not composed of substances or of … Continue reading
I’ve been poking around in several books on Process Philosophy/Theology to see if my own homegrown theology isn’t in fact some version of Process Theology. So far I’m finding some closely matching concepts. (Two big ones: Panentheism and “the lure”.) … Continue reading
Last night after we broke the Yom Kippur fast, I fell asleep and had a vivid dream. I was in a yard behind a suburban ranch house where two trees were growing. One tree was nearly barren. It had already … Continue reading