The Runway

In the “Justice” issue of Parabola, the great Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsalz talks about the difference between limited and infinite knowledge.  “When it comes to real knowledge, we do not have it,” he explains in an interview conducted in Israel this past summer. ” The divine knowledge, being all-encompassing, is something very different.” WhoContinue reading “The Runway”

True Colors Shining Through

As I walked the dog this morning, I noticed a number of my neighbors had American flags up.  I suspect that in most cases showing the flag was an election day signal that they firmly believed in putting  “Country First,” John McCain’s campaign slogan–this corner of Northern Westchester is surprisingly red for being so closeContinue reading “True Colors Shining Through”

Merrily We Roll Along

In one way or another, human beings have always been involved in scientific search and spiritual search–in the search for knowledge and for meaning.  I came away from my interview with the Indian-born, scientifically-trained Ravi Ravindra (in “Man and Machine”) with the impression that it is a quirk of Western culture to imagine that spirituality–whichContinue reading “Merrily We Roll Along”

What Is This?

“What is this?” Recently, I’ve learned that koan practice began in sixth-century China, an answer to a trend toward seeking academic answers.  Stories of monks’ awakenings became a source of questions that would draw the light of inquiry back onto the self and one’s experience in this very moment.  In Korean Zen a classic koanContinue reading “What Is This?”