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In my last blog message, I suggested that it's common for a wisdom story to offer a spectrum of meaning ranging from the most literal/factual to the most hidden/mystical. I suggested that the problem with our post-enlightenment/western world orientation is that it so favors the literal/factual...
It's common for a wisdom story to contain levels of meaning from the most literal/factual to the most hidden/mystical. In the Jewish tradition, there are names for these levels of meaning – the most literal/factual being Pshat, the most hidden/mystical being Sod. And it seems to me that the problem...
I think it’s fair to say that we’ve been visited by an inconvenient guest. And I imagine we can all relate to the experience.  The doorbell rings and a quick glimpse through the sheers reveals a pushy salesperson with a notebook or a difficult relative with a suitcase or an inebriated neighbor with...
The question isn’t whether or not each of us will spend a portion of our human grief in the grand marketplace of a human incarnation. The question is, to what degree will we spend that grief on matters worthwhile? So, when I come face-to-face with grief, may I do so, knowing that I spoke that...
The problem with a human incarnation is that it’s believable. What our ears hear is believable.  What our noses smell is believable.  What our fingers touch is believable.  What our tongues taste is believable.  And what our eyes see is believable (especially, what our eyes see). And indeed, it’s...

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