Eclipse data

Xavier M. Jubier runs a web site listing five millennia’s worth of data on solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, and transits, both past and future. Database searches, tables, and maps — oh my!

The next total solar eclipse (pictured), which occurs on July 2, 2019, might be a little difficult to experience.

Brave faith

Any faith that admires truth, that strives to know God, must be brave enough to accommodate the universe.

“Palmer Joss” in the novel Contact by Carl Sagan

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Understanding

“There is a difference between righteousness and self-righteousness. The righteous are humble, the self-righteous are proud. The righteous understand doubt, the self-righteous only certainty. The righteous see the good in people, the self-righteous only the bad. The righteous leave you feeling enlarged, the self-righteous make you feel small. It is easy enough to befriend the former and avoid the latter.

“We need moderates, that is, people who understand that there can be a clash of right and right, not just right and wrong. We need people capable of understanding cognitive pluralism, that is, that there is more than one way of looking at the world. We need people who can listen to views not their own without feeling threatened. We need people with humility.

“That is why I ask for your understanding.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks