Heschel on the epidemic of injustice

“Rabbi Heschel is one of the persons who is relevant at all times, always standing with prophetic insights.” – Martin Luther King Jr.  I’ve just read this 1963 address that Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave at a conference in Chicago at which Martin Luther King Jr. also spoke. Here are several of the most strikingContinue reading “Heschel on the epidemic of injustice”

Book: The Personalism of John Paul II

One of my very favourite organizations, the Hildebrand Project, has just released this little book titled The Personalism of John Paul II. I read it today and here’s the brief review I wrote of it on Amazon:

We keep celebrating

“Most Jews throughout history have not been free, whether from murderous regimes or famines or pandemics. What we have been is devoted to the idea that we deserve to be.” – Alana Newhouse This article from which I quoted above is one of my favourites I’ve read recently. In it, Alana Newhouse reflects: “The PassoverContinue reading “We keep celebrating”

Moral maturity & Passover

I love getting Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ words of wisdom via WhatsApp message on my phone. He always offers such refreshing and illuminating insights. Today I listened to a short clip about the custom of spilling a drop of wine, including at the mention of the ten plagues during the Passover Seder meal.

Our education in leisure

“We have come to accept compulsory military service in peacetime for the sake of national security. Am I too bold in suggesting the idea of compulsory adult education in leisure time for the sake of spiritual security?” — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel How do you spend your leisure? I love this question.

What Millennials Want

Three things millennials are seeking most

Responsibility as respect for reality

In the third chapter of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s The Art of Living, he discusses responsibility, which was the topic of my MA thesis. “This moral awakedness,” he says, “is also the soul of the fundamental moral attitude that we have called ‘awareness of responsibility.’”

Jordan Peterson and John Paul II on the responsibility of parents

The fifth rule in 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by is: “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.” Throughout this chapter, Jordan Peterson discusses several anecdotes concerning parents and toddlers. “Children are damaged,” he explains, “when those charged with their care, afraid of any conflict or upset, noContinue reading “Jordan Peterson and John Paul II on the responsibility of parents”

Jordan Peterson: Ideals shame us all (and what to do about it)

In the second chapter of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, he offers Rule #2, which is: Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible for Helping.