• The Challenge of Change

    Pietre Vive

    “Change…is it a postive thing?” “Does it make life inconsistent or more fulfilling?” “How should I embrace change?” These are questions that I frequently find myself struggling with. And I guess, these are the questions which essentially attracted me to Guido Reni’s painting of The Adoration of the Shepherds. In ...

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  • The Way of Man, Part 3

    Ian Diacono

    Beginning with oneself, this way of thinking is seen clearly, in the Hasidism way, as man is not treated as an object of examination, but is called upon to ‘straighten himself out’. At first, a man should realize that conflict situations between himself and others, are nothing but the effects ...

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  • The Way of Man, Part 2

    Ian Diacono

    The Particular Way is a call for authenticity that Martin Buber, in The Way of Man, presents by giving an example of a Rabbi who was asked this question; ‘Show me one general way to the service of God?’ This Rabbi claims that it is impossible to tell men what way ...

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  • The Way of Man, Part 1

    Ian Diacono

    The hardest thing for an author to do, is to help his readers understand complexities in their simplest forms. Martin Buber does exactly that in his short remarkable book ‘The Way of Man’. Buber is said to have been one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. ...

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  • Visualising the “Call”

    Pietre Vive

    How can a call be “represented” visually? There is an entire sensory experience in between hearing and seeing, which gives them a considerably different communicative value. One may hear something without necessarily seeing it and, inversely, one may see something without necessarily hearing anything at all. The two, hearing and ...

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  • “Allahu Akbar”

    Sara Ezabe

    God is the Greatest, that is what “Allahu Akbar” translates to. Yet, so many people dread the moment they hear this word, especially in the western world where this phrase is almost a synonym to “I’m a terrorist”. It must be one of the most misused phrases of our time. ...

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  • An Encounter with Beauty

    Pietre Vive

      “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe There must have been, at some point or other, an experience in your life in which you were moved to tears, or were gripped by an overwhelming need to bury ...

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