Posts Tagged ‘science’

A Stroke of Insight

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Today I heard a re-broadcast of Jill Bolte Taylor on Terry Gross’ “Fresh Aire.” It led me to discover her presentation on “TED,” which you can find here. The link to the Terry Gross interview is here.

Dr. Taylor is a neuro-anatomist who had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions – motion, speech, self-awareness – shut down one by one. In the TED interview, she describes not merely the stroke, but the powerful and moving insight it gave her into spirituality and the human condition.

I have not been moved so significantly in many, many years. Watch the TED video – please.

What is Truth?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

It is said that the great Maggid of Mezhirech, Rabbi Dov Ber, at first was cool to the teachings and methods of the Baal Shem Tov (Besht), the founder of the Hasidic movement. The Maggid was known for his tremendous mastery of our holy writings: Tanach, Talmud, Midrash, and Kabbalah; the Besht emphasized a more experiential approach.