As I mentioned last week, due to severe lack of funds, I’ve had to leave our offices. This means that I won’t be able to write new Thoughts to Ponder on a regular basis.
I will be able to send out one Thought to Ponder every four weeks. For the other three, I will send out podcasts of about 10-15 minutes on various religious topics.
These podcasts are replies to the profound questions by my dear friend Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz of Jerusalem, author of The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook.
Here are the next two podcasts:
Music as a Religious Experience.
In this podcast I discuss the tremendous influence which music has had on my life and on my religious development, and how music informs my understanding of halacha and the encounter with God.
How many children should one have?
In this podcast I argue that if I were a convinced atheist, I probably would not have children. For the religious person, it is important to have children, but one should give every child enough time and attention before the next child arrives. One must also not put mothers under tremendous strain. At the same time I greatly admire the ultra-orthodox community for having many children and explain what the advantages are.
I hope that these thoughts will contribute to a most meaningful Rosh Hashana!!
Ketiva VeChatima tova,
Nathan Lopes Cardozo