Just a quick comment about the necessity for both spirituality and intellect, and the point where they intersect — which is in the things we do to make the world a better place.
You can call it whatever you want — tikkun olam (healing the world), tzedakah (justice), philanthropy, social action, or charity — but in the simplest terms, it’s the part of us that combines the best of our spiritual nature and intellectual drive.
And THIS is where God comes in. That search for our higher self, the yearning to be better than we are, to make the world a better place for everyone, that spark within us that makes us human, that’s God.
And yes, I’m starting to wax poetic myself, but my excuse is all the High Holiday prep (by the way, why in the world did I agree to read two Torah portions on Yom Kippur morning on top of everything else?!) and my complete immersion in the machzor (High Holiday prayer book). I’ll be my normal self in a week or two.
In the meantime, here’s another cute cartoon that appeals to the fundraiser side of me: