King’s Two Messages

There is a window now open for far more significant change than the single-issue focus on police brutality; a time when such brutality can be seen as merely a tragic symptom of much deeper causes.

Reb Michel

Undercover Hasid

Just as the pandemic began, Michel Gurwitz, born in a D.P. Camp to holocaust survivors, scion of Holy Masters, a beat Jewish mystic who spent his life raising holy sparks, sometimes as a nomad on the streets of New York–passed on to the higher worlds.

Apart and Together (part three)

Our future depends on our ability to quickly align our policies and practices with the reality of our embeddedness within an interconnected web of life. The changes this calls for are sweeping and profound: restoring reverence for life, seeing all as kin, and seeing no one and nothing as “other.”

Phillip C. Dixon and Valerie Elverton Dixon

Sunday on the Patio During the Pandemic

Inspired by a painting by George Seurat and the musical “Sunday in the Park With George”, Valerie Elverton Dixon uses colors to describe a Sunday afternoon during this pandemic and thinks about the moral demand and the sacrifice of touch that the pandemic requires. In the end, compassion will make humanity better for generations to come.

Apart and Together (part two)

One of the things the coronavirus pandemic opened up is the possibility of exposing the incapacity of the market to attend to need. If the market were able to attend to needs, there wouldn’t have to be any governmental mobilization anywhere, because it would happen by itself through the mechanism of the “invisible hand.”

Gaia and Shekhina Speak

What can console us in the face of the Great Unknown? I thought I understood that safety was always an illusion: any of us could be struck down at any moment. But having the illusion of safety erased, that’s uncertainty of another magnitude, so vastly out of proportion to the “normal,” default reality that words can’t do it justice. When I painted the first of these self-portraits in August—the one with my hair on fire—I had no idea it would add up to something much larger and more urgent, compelling me to share with you. I soon had the idea of depicting the remaining three elements: water, earth, and air.