Doing Justice To Our Lives

The price of understanding certain truths is living–being willing to reveal yourself utterly, to fail, to fall short, (old fashioned word perhaps, but still) to sin. In the meantime, there are the Great Courses. Recent, I learned this in the comfort of my car:  In his introduction to course “Buddhism,” Professor Malcolm David Eckel ofContinue reading “Doing Justice To Our Lives”

Giving Thanks

Science demonstrates that the instinct to seek justice–defined in the sense of seeking revenge or self-protective retaliation or third-party moralistic punishment–is found in many species.  Guppies, to site a humble example, send out scouting parties to keep a collective eye on big predatory fish.   The members of the scouting party take turns approaching the bigContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

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”