In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon discusses the Ropczyce's radical idea that Revelation was connected to the very image making at the dawn of creation and can be thought of as nothing less than human recognition of the Divine.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon explores the connection between the Jewish holidays of Purim and Yom Kippur through the Zohar on parshat Tetzaveh and the chassidic masters.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon reflects on the meaning of the chapter headings of the Passover Hagadah. He draws on the academic discipline of semiotics to frame the discussion as well as some ideas gleaned from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon explains the concept of Nora Alilut, attributed to the medieval scholar Moses Ibn Ezra. He traces the concept through the world of the chassidic masters and puts his own spin on its resonance in today's day and age.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon draws a line from Rebbe Nachman's concept of the Heart and the Zohar's depiction of the anthropomorphized "Ayalta."
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon examines a Midrash from Eicah Rabbah in which a dramatic story is retold about two enslaved siblings. He draws our attention to the symbolic resonance between the intimacy of the siblings in the story and the Rabbinic understanding of the Divine.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon presents a survey of literary, religious, and cinematic sources to support the radical idea that blasphemy may actually be an important spiritual tool.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon narrates a recent pilgrimage to the burial place of Reb Elimelech of Lizensk. He reflects on the comodification of the Holocaust and the recent local appropriation of Jewish culture.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon discusses the Baal Shem Tov's metaphor of the spiral staircase and the manner in which Rebbe Nachman stretches its meaning to include not only the divine, but also the depths of despair.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon meditates on the different kinds of loneliness represented by the Biblical archetypes of Adam and Jacob. Dr. Ungar uses these archetypes to draw a distinction between loneliness and aloneness.
In this essay, Dr. Julian Ungar-Sargon explores different Jewish ideas about nakedness and the sacred. Dr. Ungar compares these ideas to those found in Herodotus and ties it all back to the Hasidic practice of wearing a gartel.