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Articles on contemporary society--its beliefs, values, and accomplishments; plus, original poetry and fiction

May 31, 2022

The Meaning of Music

We pray the Psalms hoping to conform our minds, our values, our wills to God’s. Remember, God is his essence; we, on the other hand, are each free to create our own essences. Unfortunately, most of us are making a hash of it! Music elucidates the pre-verbal, non-phenomenal structures of the real world. Its meaning is not subject to logical analysis, scientific verification, or mathematical proof. The only test of music’s validity is its beauty.

The Meaning of Music

May 31, 2022

Parshat Emor: Making It All Count

“Counting the Omer – like the shemitah cycle – invites us to believe that each day, week and year is count-worthy, valuable and unique.”

Parshat Emor: Making It All Count

May 31, 2022

Mary Poppins, Sufi Master

The story of Mary Poppins is the story of one small boy’s initiation into the teachings of Sufi spirituality and the secrets of Sufi mysticism. When the initiation of Michael Banks is complete, Michael has come, at least in some measure, to know the mind of God. Not bad for seven-years-old!

Mary Poppins, Sufi Master

May 31, 2022

Haiku Corner

Does this formal rigor seem like it would be inhibiting? The reverse is true. It’s liberating!

Haiku Corner