We must seek those quiet spaces in our life that are safe for vulnerable explorations of meaning. These spaces are not found inside physical institutions or places where demagoguery slays reflective, rational and factually grounded discourse.
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Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The ...
The process can seem overwhelming, but a dialogue with God does not need to take on a specific form, and we do not need to be intimidated by the idea.
The notion of an infinite chasm between you and G-d is simply not true. It is not a vertical relationship of G-d up there and you down here, but a horizontal one. Your own soul is G-dly.
Seek the help of people, but realize that it is not the people (or even your own self) who can save you. Only God can do these things.
A good spiritual companion commits to the journey and becomes a mirror held up to their friend's life, inviting them to look in it deeply and to express truthfully what they see.
I have long struggled with how to best answer the question: "Rabbi, how do I connect with God?"
Even in my most desperate moments, when I was ready to embrace religion, I still couldn't figure out which one I belonged to.
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