The Underlying Unity of the Three Monotheistic Religions

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

The Underlying Unity of the Three Monotheistic Religions

The three Western monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are all grounded in ideals of faith, love, and moral rules of living, with each religion emphasizing one particular ideal. Judaism emphasizes rules of living, which, if followed, would normalize our physical and social life on Earth, providing an environment that encourages the evolution of the…
Read More »

Muslims Mark End of Ramadan With Eid Celebrations

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Muslims Mark End of Ramadan With Eid Celebrations

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Jul 28, 2014, 11:50 AM ET By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press Associated Press Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the month long fast of Ramadan. The three-day-long Eid al-Fitr holiday is a time to celebrate…
Read More »

The Power of Myth

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

The Power of Myth

We have to stop reducing the vast meaning and awesome power of symbolism and mythology to mere questions of literal fact or fiction. Myths reflect back to us and teach us about our deepest psychological and spiritual truths. Among contemporary people, myths tend to be dismissed, inaccurately, as childish fantasies or the unscientific gropings of…
Read More »

Two Excesses to Avoid: No Rationality, Only Rationality

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Two Excesses to Avoid: No Rationality, Only Rationality

There are two excesses that must be avoided: to exclude rational scientific thinking, and to admit nothing but rational scientific thinking. As science and philosophy continue to examine and unravel the mysteries of the relationship between the inner experiences of mind and the external events of matter, we stand in an ideal position to begin…
Read More »

Israel’s best weapon against Hamas: Giving the Palestinians HOPE

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Israel’s best weapon against Hamas: Giving the Palestinians HOPE

By Peter Beinart (Haaretz, July 23rd) It’s easy to criticize the Israeli government’s response to the rockets launched from Gaza in recent weeks. It’s harder to offer an alternative. But honest critics have an obligation to try. So here goes. The short answer is that I’d treat the rockets as military symptoms of a political…
Read More »

A Prayer for Peace by Rabbi Michael Lerner

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

A Prayer for Peace by Rabbi Michael Lerner

“Our Father and Mother energies in the cosmos: “Bless all the peoples of the Middle East with peace, security, environment sanity, and a sense of being genuinely cared for by the world and by the God/dess of all flesh, however they conceive of this God or Goddess, whatever names or language they give to the…
Read More »

Leave the “Auschwitz Selfie” Girl Alone

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Leave the “Auschwitz Selfie” Girl Alone

This child should be left alone. I remember on the morning of September 11, 2001, I was teaching in a private school and all the kids and staff were together watching the terrible story unfolding on TV. A couple of young girls were ignoring the television, and were talking and giggling together. My first impulse…
Read More »

Jews, Nazis, and Albanian Muslims

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Jews, Nazis, and Albanian Muslims

We are all familiar with the stories of ‘righteous gentiles’, the many noble and courageous Christians who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives, helping to save European Jews from the Holocaust. But here is a story you might not know: During the Nazi occupation, entire Muslim villages in the small country of Albania sheltered Jews….
Read More »

Pythagoras

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Pythagoras

Pythagoras placed great value in mathematics, and his mathematical achievements were prompted by a discovery in the field of music. Working with a monochord (comparable to a guitar with one string), Pythagoras discovered that the note produced by plucking a string of a certain length could be ‘reproduced’ one octave higher by plucking a string…
Read More »

Of Both Heaven and Earth

Posted by & filed under Uncategorized.

Of Both Heaven and Earth

The soul’s journey of initiation is not about transcending the material level of life, it’s about transforming it. The world is not ‘bad’, and in fact, the stories all tell us that the soul is of both Heaven and Earth and never completely abandons this side of the veil: something always remains to maintain the…
Read More »