Indigenous Peoples’ Day

  Monday was a holiday–of sorts.  When I was young, it was unambiguously Columbus Day:  we celebrated the day Columbus “discovered” America and most of us had off from school.  Now, in many places–though not everywhere–the day is commemorated as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” but somewhat uneasily, I think, depending on where you live. I asked…… Continue reading Indigenous Peoples’ Day

A Defiant and Triumphant Faith

The Jewish High Holidays are coming up–Rosh Hashanah starts next week–and so I was particularly moved by this story I read this morning in the New York Times:  A Shofar that Defied the Nazis  If you haven’t read it, please do–it is so powerful and such a tribute to the strength of human spirit and will.…… Continue reading A Defiant and Triumphant Faith

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