All tagged Abraham Heschel

Yom Kippur: Corporate Complicity and Collective Confession

Over the past few weeks, the sounds and prayers of the season summoned us to prepare our hearts and actions for the New Year (Rosh HaShana) as we heard the shofar blown across the country, which we witnessed with our presence or heard drifting through our windows from nearby synagogues. This period between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur is called the Days of Awe and it is a time to remember our individual and collective callings and failings. [1] 

Love and Power

The way we respond in crisis has the opportunity to be powerful, if we hold on to love while doing so. It’s so easy to respond to the hatred around us with anger that gives rise to condemnation, that causes us to contemplate revenge. In spite of an ongoing commitment to nonviolence, a commitment to restoration, a commitment to love, practicing this is not easy.