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Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks: The Meaning of Life… both sweetness and bitterness

Excellence Reporter: Reb Brian, what is the meaning of life? Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks: Let’s look at Deuteronomy, 11:26-28 רְאֵ֗ה אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה “See, I set before you today blessing and curse”  This is the message to us in every moment: life is both blessing and […]

Jude Currivan: What New Science is Telling Us About the Meaning of Life?

A 21st century scientific revolution is underway that will transform our understanding of our Universe at every level and crucially at the scale of our everyday lives. Even more important, by reconciling scientifically-based evidence with universal spiritual experience, it will revolutionize our understanding of the nature of reality itself. It’s revealing that […]

BEAUTY – The Hidden Path

“Knowingly or unknowingly, consciously or not, we always seek Beauty. In fact, we might say that we don’t even seek God – that we actually, secretly, seek Beauty, because it is the most perceptible, experientially available communion with God.”   Every joy – however fleeting, however intense – one […]

The Art of Life

The “art of being in the world,” the art which deals with the present—ourselves. It is in us that God meets with Nature, and yesterday parts from tomorrow. The Present is the moving Infinity, the legitimate sphere of the Relative. Relativity seeks Adjustment; Adjustment is Art. The art […]

The Joy of a Long Love

December 21, 2018 is our 50th wedding anniversary. We got married during a snow storm in Buffalo, New York at 7pm in the evening. The church was filled with candlelight and poinsettias. My uncle played the organ, my sister-in-law sang and the minister learned Hebrew prayers for our combined Jewish […]

Wait For Her

Wait for her with an azure cup. Wait for her in the evening at the spring, among perfumed roses. Wait for her with the patience of a horse trained for mountains. Wait for her with the distinctive, aesthetic taste of a prince. Wait for her with seven pillows […]