The Evolution of the American Narrative (As We Tell It)

Chevre, We are the stories that we tell. And those stories are selective. We cannot recall every event. And we cannot recall every detail of every event or the telling would become a replica of the event itself, taking the same amount of time as the original. In other...

Elul Learning, Part 3: Forgiveness, Transactional-Style

Chevre, In part three of our Elul learning series, I’ll share Prof. Nussbaum’s critique of the usual styles, as I’ll call them, of forgiveness. Nussbaum describes these as utilizing “transactional-forgiveness.” And she rejects them for what she sees as their moral...

Elul Learning, Part Two: Transition and Transitional-Anger

Chevre, In last week’s post, I presented Prof. Martha Nussbaum’s critique of anger as a force for justice. In her book Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice, Nussbaum rejects anger as a motivational force, as a practical force and as a moral force in...

Elul Learning: Anger, Forgiveness, Justice – Part One

Chevre, A new book is out: Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness, by Jennifer Berry Hawes. It tells the remarkable story of how some survivors (and family members) of the murderous rampage at that church...

Elul Activities: Getting Ready for the Holidays

Chevre, This Sunday begins the month of Elul – twenty-nine days leading up to Rosh Hashana and the period of our most intense introspection and reflection. That period of time can be most productive, spiritually speaking, when we build up towards it. Similar to...
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