Touching the Earth at the Interfaith Seder

This post was written by Ashley Brazil, co-President of DePaul Interfaith. Ashley is graduating this June with a degree in Sociology.

A few nights ago I attended my first Passover Seder. I didn’t know what to expect but I knew there would be food so I was excited. The vent was an incredibly affecting one.

Passover is the Jewish festival or remembering their history as a people. While at the Seder, learning about the symbolic foods, listening to the prayers and songs that go along with the ritual meal I couldn’t help but be touched by the significance it had for me as an African American. The central idea of remembering the trials and perseverance of ancestors is something that resonated with me and called to mind my family celebrating Watch Night every New Year’s Eve. The similarities were so uncanny that with the help of a simple Google search I found that I’m not the only one seeing the connection between Jews and African Americans. Continue reading

Tech Sabbath

This post was written by Ashley Brazil, co-President of DePaul Interfaith. Ashley is graduating this June with a degree in Sociology.

My computer has a virus on it, which means I don’t currently have it. This post was originally written by hand. Not having my computer has made me realize how much time I actually spend sitting behind the computer and how dependent I’ve become on it , for information, communication, entertainment, even telling the time. This made me think of “tech Sabbaths”.

A while ago, I stumbled on an article about tech Sabbaths, or secular Sabbaths. It’s a new practice (or old, actually, if you’re familiar with Judaism) where people intentionally take a break from technology. No iPods, TVs,  cell phones, computers, CD players, video games or anything else that rings, dings, buzzes, beeps, vibrates, talks, or plays video or music by way of electricity or batteries. Continue reading

What is Socially Responsible Leadership?

This post was written by Michael Evers, a Junior at DePaul seeking a degree in Political Science. Michael is serving in his second year as an Interfaith Scholar and currently holds the position of President of DePaul Hillel.

What does it mean to be a socially responsible leader? More so, what does it mean for me in my own life and my own leadership and how do I apply the principles I conjure up to those I serve? These will be the guiding questions for this essay and, I should mention here, serve as a model for, what I believe, to be socially responsible leadership. Continue reading

Did the Serpent in the Garden of Eden Lie to Adam & Eve?

This is Dominique Johnson’s first blog post on this website. He is a sophomore at DePaul University, seeking a major in Religious Studies. Domonique is an active member of DePaul Interfaith.

“…But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.”—Genesis 3:3

“And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die: For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked…”—Genesis 3:4-7 Continue reading

Moving Things Closer: A Reflection on the Haitian Vigil

This article was written my Eliyahu Taylor, a senior at DePaul University, who serves as the Israel Intern at Hillel.

Shalom Everyone,

Last week I attended the Vigil for Haiti; a program created by the Interfaith Scholars, and was deeply moved. As I walked into the dark room, I saw a cluster of candles surrounded by a small intimate group of people sitting in silent reflection and I could feel the connectedness all around me. As I continued to enter the space, what proceeded to happen took my breath away. This small circle that was there when I first came in began to expand. It became bigger and bigger until it almost lined the periphery of the room. Continue reading