As the High Holidays approach, here’s how to make real changes and get the new year off to a fresh start.Twelve days. That’s the length of time most people keep New Year’s resolutions, according to one 2018 study.
Rosh Hashanah celebrates the gift of free will. My rebbe, Rabbi Yitchok Hutner of blessed memory, characterized Rosh Hashana as the holiday that celebrates the gift of bechira , free will. Rosh Hashana is the Day of Judgment and there cannot be judgment without choice. The greatest possible acknowledgement of the importance and power of human choice is God’s willingness to sit in judgment and carefully weigh the merits of man’s decisions.
In a sense, the entire first book of the Torah is a book of sibling intrigue, involving competition, jealousy and even murder. As Abel’s bloodied, lifeless body lies on the ground in a lonely field, God calls out to Cain and asks, or perhaps demands, “Where is your brother Abel?’
Over the past few months I’ve been having conversations with leading thinkers, intellectuals, innovators and philanthropists for a BBC series on moral challenges of the 21st century. Among those I spoke to was David Brooks, one of the most insightful moralists of our time.
Louis Armstrong, popularly known as “Satchmo”, was a towering, influential and beloved jazz musician. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz. And for most of his adult life, the Baptist wore a Star of David necklace, the quintessential symbol of Judaism.
The Torah describes the infamous episode when Moses performs the very first example of tikkun olam, a mending of the past and rectification of what was broken, namely the sin of the Golden Calf. The Torah signals this by using essentially the same word at the beginning of both episodes.
In 1964, Arno Penzias and Robert Woodrow Wilson, two young astronomers, stumbled on the origins of the universe completely by accident. Sitting at their desks at Bell Labs, New Jersey, they suddenly picked up a strange buzzing sound from their telescope.
The Talmud (Sotah 14a) instructs us in the Mitzvah of imitating God in all His ways. Just as God clothes the naked, visits the sick, comforts mourners and buries the dead, so should you emulate
Feeling down about the state of the world? Hard to read the newspapers with all of the tragedies that have become part and parcel of our daily lives? Well the month of Elul is here –