September 15, 2013 archive

Viddui and Imperfection

  Defensiveness is such a visceral, human response at even the hint that we may not be perfect.  None of us wants to be reminded of our flaws, of the times we stumbled- I know I surely don’t!  The struggle to be open to uncomfortable feedback has been a lifelong spiritual process for me.  During …

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Religion in the Contemporary Strategic Environment

Why every strategic leader needs to understand religious factors in the operational environment.religion and strategy final[1] A briefing presented to the 807th Medical Command, Deployment Support

Unetaneh Tokef and Rabbi Amnon of Mainz- an Anti-Martyrdom Rant

        As we turn now to the powerful words of the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, we contemplate this question- What is the elusive, awful charisma of martyrdom?  Tragically, in our own generation, we have seen a resurgence of the notion that there is great glory in dying for one’s religious beliefs.  The story of the Akedah …

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Wait, Wait- What!

“Patience is a virtue,” or, as George Eliot expressed it more poetically, “The wine and the sun will make vinegar without any shouting to help them.”[1]  My children think I’m the most impatient person on the planet, but that’s only because they haven’t spent more time with my mom.  My parents were visiting AZ once …

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