Till Death Do Us Part

There is a Zen story in which a student approaches his teacher and asks, “Master, what happens after we die?” The Master says, “I don’t know.” The student is taken aback. “What do you mean? Aren’t you a Zen Master.” “Yes, I am.” the master replies, “But I am not a dead one.” I also…

Man’s Search for Meaning

(published in the Arizona Daily Star, 9/25/22) Viktor Frankl posited that a sense of purpose in one’s life is essential not only for happiness, but even psychological survival. That may sound like typical New Age pablum, but given his experiences in the concentration camps of World War II, his “Man’s Search for Meaning” cannot be…

Miracle or Dust?

There is a Jewish midrash (legend) to the effect that the Biblical Solomon carried two notes with him everywhere. One said, “For me, the universe was created;” the other, “My end will be dust and ashes.” When he was overwhelmed by all the pressures and crises of the monarchy to the point where he felt…