Rosh Hashanah & the Optimism of a New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year and the beginning of the High Holiday season, began Sunday night. Like last year, I attended the Monday morning services at Gettysburg College, and once again, I was deeply moved by the beautiful liturgy. We use the Mishkan Hanefesh, the machzor from the Reform Jewish Community.…… Continue reading Rosh Hashanah & the Optimism of a New Year

Atelic Activity and the Sabbath

I have been thinking quite a bit about this article that I read recently in The New York Times:  The Problem of Living in the Present  It is very interesting, as it describes how we spend our time, and how we think about our activities.  Specifically, it contrasts “telic” activities with “atelic” activities.  “Telic” activities have a…… Continue reading Atelic Activity and the Sabbath