Gridiron Victoria: Geelong Buccaneers. Photo by John Torcasio. Unsplash. In “Seven Pillars of Faith,” Rabbi Yitzchok Breiter, a devoted follower of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, writes the following: The foundation of all of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings is to know and understand that everything that happens to us, both spiritually and materially, including what we ourselves … Continue reading Football and Free Will
Portrait of Russian poet Konstantin Batyushkov, 1815, by Nikolai Utkin. Do you believe in ghosts, shades, spirits? Do you think you have a soul that will survive the death of your body; or is your body all there is? What evidence would you have? This morning, as every morning, in the gray light of early … Continue reading What Evidence Would You Have?
“The Embrace” Some of my fondest memories as a child are of my mother’s singing to me. She was born and grew up in Appalachia. Most of the songs she sang were the hillbilly, bluegrass, or country songs she knew and loved. One of them, “The Knoxville Girl,” has an intriguing history, but I can’t … Continue reading Life’s Crooked Road
Photo by Mike Burke on Unsplash. In the third chapter of the biblical book of Genesis, we read an intriguing story about a man and a woman attempting to avoid blame for an act of willing disobedience. They've done something which their maker has forbidden them to do. Now, whether or not you believe there … Continue reading Don’t Blame Me
When I was young, perhaps five or six years old, a religion teacher was once trying to teach my classmates and me about sin, what it was, what it looked like. She held up a clean white sheet of paper to represent our souls, pure and spotless. She then took a pencil, drew circles on … Continue reading Where Does Sin Go?
The author reciting the Afternoon Prayer in the ruins at Gamla. ©2008 Beth Ben-Avraham. During the week, I recite the Morning Prayer at a small Chassidic shul near where I live. The rabbi has entrusted me and a few others with the key to the building. Often I am the first to arrive and will … Continue reading What Is Your Peace?
New Jewish Cemetery, Kraków, Poland. ©2018 Beth Ben-Avraham. Last month, my wife and I attended a music performance by a young married Israeli couple. We first saw them in YouTube videos posted by friends on Facebook. I began looking for them on my own on YouTube and subscribed to their channel. When my wife heard … Continue reading You Don’t Have a Soul