Standing On Holy Ground

Rabbi Bradley Artson
5759
by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on January 27, 1964
Torah Reading
Every place is not the same.  Intuitively, we have a sense that there are distinctions of space that are just as fundamental to human identity as are distinctions in time.  When we enter the elevated vaults of a Gothic cathedral, marvel at the staggering beauty of the Grand Canyon, or shrink under the lofty heights of a New York skyscraper, we respond distinctly to different spaces.  Not all places are alike.  But is the distinction between one place and another something intrinsic to the place itself, or the result of perceiving different meanings in different places?  Would there be diffe Read more...

Bearing Fruit Even In Old Age

Rabbi Bradley Artson
5759
by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
posted on January 27, 1962
Most of our lives are darkened by the shadow of aging.  We mock the old, laughing at their physical condition, joking about being in wheel chairs, in old age homes, in hospital beds.  We associate the old with the incompetent, with a state of permanent boredom and irrelevance.  By bleaching our hair, lifting our faces, breasts and calves, sucking off our fat, and dressing in the gaudiest apparel possible, we hope to "stay young" forever. Read more...