Category Archives: Observances

The Spiritual Value of a Good Wild Party

This week the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Hindu holiday of Holi overlapped, as they sometimes do. I am not sure there is a more delightfully instructive contrast between two religious holidays on the calendar. There’s something about the way they’re celebrated that sheds some light on some oft-overlooked human spiritual needs. Continue reading

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Ramadan Kareem

Today marks the beginning of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Muslim calendar. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are considered the foundation of Muslim life.

As a Spiritual Care Provider it has been my privilege to cultivate interest and appreciation for religious traditions different from my own. We are a wonderfully diverse community here at MGH, and we can all benefit from being open to learning about our fellow community members. The more we understand about what gives our colleagues or patients a sense of deep meaning or purpose, the better care we are able to offer.  Continue reading