Loneliness: The Existential Jewish Problem

One of the most profound problems we face is that of loneliness. Inspired by Rabbi Joshua Soloveitchik, Rabbi Katz argues that Jewish communities focus too much energy on our “majestic personalities” by creating big events and dynamic programming. Instead, we need to nourish our “covenantal personalities” and our drive for deep and meaningful connection. In doing so, Rabbi Katz argues, we create deeper, more meaningful communities; communities where members feel less lonely and where we can come to be nourished and supported.

Rabbi Marc Katz is the Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim. He is the author of the upcoming book Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort, based on his Eli Talk.

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