I was sad about my Dad’s death so I looked up my old friend Richie. He had been my best friend in third grade, but everybody from my elementary school had lost touch from him. A friend of a friend told me I might be able to see him if I waited at Church Avenue station. It was a cold night, but I gave it a try.
After a few hours the train came into the station and the doors opened and there was Richie. The rumor was that Richie had died after a bar fight. I couldn’t tell immediately if it was true or not. So I decided to just talk.
I asked him “Why not just believe in an afterlife if it would give me comfort.”
“You mean like heaven?”
“I’m not sure..”
“Yeah you are. You mean like an after life. You and your Dad can live…
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To understand people you must understand their story
In fact to understand yourself, you must understand your own story
For example, the conflict of religions, is the conflict of stories
Let’s start with religion
They are very easy stories to know, for they are repeated
As a Rabbi I am authorized to say the Jewish story (though obviously there are sub-stories but the universal Jewish story is) God made the world, at Mount Sinia, he obligated us to keep his 613 commandants, which the Rabbis clarify (through an oral tradition that also came from Mount Sinai) when we’re good, God blesses us – because we were bad, He sent us into exile – the messiah will redeem us and we will all live happily ever after (again there may be deeper dimensions but this is the universal story, for the past few thousand years.)
So for the Christian standpoint I…
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Across the country, laborers are hard at work lifting 700-pound shelves full of multivolume encyclopedias, propane grills or garden gnomes and dragging them across vast warehouse floors. Carefully trained not to bump into one another, the squat workers are 320 pounds and a mere 16 inches tall.
No, they’re not Christmas elves—they’re some of the most advanced robots that e-commerce giant Amazon now uses to ship its goods. In an exclusive video for TIME, photographer and videographer Stephen Wilkes captured these Amazon robots in action at the company’s Tracy, Calif., warehouse.
The robots are made by Kiva Systems, a company Amazon purchased for $775 million in 2012 to better handle the hundreds of worldwide orders Amazon customers make every second. Kiva’s robots bring shelves of goods out of storage and carry them to employees, allowing Amazon to retrieve more items for more customers simultaneously. Amazon began using these robots in…
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