We need religion that encourages personal questioning and critical thinking. We need less doctrine and more humble acknowledgement of mystery. We need more of what the early Hasidic rabbis of Eastern Europe called mochin d'gadlut -- an open, expansive mind.
Death is disconcerting, upsetting, humbling and invigorating. It is as natural as it is inevitable. And it can be liberating to name our fears and say, "One day that will be me."
Whatever the final outcome of #OWS, it's encouraging to find ourselves in dialogue about the common good once again. Our neighbors are starting to have faces, and that's crucial.