We were proud to participate in sponsoring several of last year’s ELI Talks, on the theme of Applied Jewish Wisdom. The wisdoms that speak to individuals, the ways people apply Torah – in its broadest sense – to their lives is endlessly fascinating to us. Continue reading
“Cultivating compassion and empathy is at the very heart of Judaism’s vision of a spiritual life. To take Judaism seriously is to commit to growing kinder, to showing up, and being present with people during moments of pain and suffering.”
The world is and has always been a place of great beauty and painful, dark, troubling events. Looking back at this past year, in particular, the flow of suffering seems to be a rising tide. We see and feel deeply the magnitude of crisis and tragedy and pain, both global and intensely personal – the thousands dead of Ebola, the protests of Ferguson and beyond, the victims of Har Nof. And now Paris.
It is easy to feel overwhelmed, to protect yourself from deep fear by distancing yourself, to go numb. Continue reading