Philosophy

Airport Art

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From my place in the security line, all I could see was the spider web. Until a TSA officer behind me sneezed, and she turned slightly to reveal the spider crawling up her left...

teachings in dialogue

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a rebbe once asked his students what would they do if they knew this was their last hour of life. the answers were the usual suspects: praying, reading the torah, giving to charity, etc....

Into the Mystic: Jane Lead

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Contrary to popular opinion, “Protestant mystic” is not an oxymoron. Indeed, during the first century or two following the Reformation a great abundance of Protestant mystics flourished. The Silesian cobbler Jacob Boehme may be...

Reading, Intimacy, Angels of Death

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Reading, I think, is a fundamentally spiritual experience. The phenomenologist Georges Poulet once remarked that, when we read, another person’s “I” enters into our own souls. Think about it: when we read the word...

I Am a Seeking Mess

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by Ronald Pies MD The French polymath and mystic, Blaise Pascal, famously described the human being as a “thinking reed”. (His observation begins, “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but...