Category Archives: The Self and Creativity

Prompt on the Existence of Self

May 27, 2014

Prompt - look at the relationship of “self” to the creative process. How do we bring all of our own lives into relationship with text and creativity—without being self-indulgent? When does the authoritative voice belong in the first person? Always a vessel, always one, always interacting. It never stops. We are generative, creative, locomotion. Seared briefly More »


God and Me

Emily Goldberg
May 15, 2014

The ageless idea that God dwells among Jewish unity and tradition has become insufficient for me. Living in a generation where being a white Jewish female no longer makes the uniqueness cut, I crave creativity and authenticity similarly to how colleges view their applicants. As this crucial time in contemporary Judaism presents increasing rates of More »


All Creation Is Service

Rabbi Alon C Ferency
May 12, 2014

As a friend commented, I am “touchy-feely” but not “new-agey.” When a yoga teacher sonorously intones “your ‘self’ impairs your ability to ‘be present,”’ I glaze over and wonder when I next need to cut my nails. Yet, there is some truth to her statement, if we re-frame the sentiment: one’s sense of what would More »


The Gift that Keeps….

Rabbi Ben Goldstein
May 5, 2014

I was not much a student in high school.[1] I did not like studying for tests or doing homework, nor did I particularly having to take classes which did not interest me. What I did relish, however, was the opportunity to be one of the “theater geeks,[2] to be on stage and performing in the More »


Susan Turner and the Self

May 1, 2014

Susan Turner is a Canadian artist, and her work deals with communication, memory, alienation, loss, and accident. Artist’s Statement These two self-portraits, Child as the Letter “Shin” and Young Woman as the Letter “S”, are part of my large series Fiction of Relationship that I’ve been working on for close to two years. The series investigates what More »