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Start-Ups and Suffering the Need for Speed

Part of a yearlong Torah series on building and builders in Jewish spiritual life. Jimi Hendrix observed that “castles made of sand melt into the sea.” Sand buildings have their place (like Buddhist sand mandalas), but they are not meant to last. Rather, they are meant to teach us about impermanence. Most spiritual builders don’t […]

Doorways

Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders. I enjoy counting each mezuzah I see on doorposts while walking through a neighborhood. Whether or not one is traditionally observant, it’s quintessentially Jewish to place these beacons of holiness at entrances to homes. I’m delighted when I see them. Lately, I’ve […]

Building for Value Conflicts: Matching Insides and Outsides

Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders. We build institutions and communities to support values, but buildings don’t live values: people do. What if values conflict, or we struggle to align our feelings, values and behaviors? These are questions of the tragedy that opens this week’s Torah portion (Shmini). […]

Building for Value Conflicts: Matching Insides and Outsides

  Part of a yearlong series on Torah’s wisdom about spiritual building and builders. We build institutions and communities to support values, but buildings don’t live values: people do. What if values conflict, or we struggle to align our feelings, values and behaviors? These are questions of the tragedy that opens this week’s Torah portion […]