Understand others. Understand yourself.

Seeing and Being Seen

Posted on 08/25/2014
How are we seen?

I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids -- and I might even be said to possess a mind.  I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass.

Conversations and the Sacred

Posted on 08/13/2014

In her piece on Tisha B’av and communal mourning, “Out of Isolation,” Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg explores the relationship between ritual, sacred space, and conversation. She talks about how ritual can be a “container that can help us hold some of the complexity of our feelings” — in this particular case, grief. She then describes another possible vessel for our experience: conversation.

Ask Big Questions in the New York Times!

Posted on 08/11/2014

We are delighed to be featured in the newspaper of record! David Bornstein wrote an wonderful article on our work.  Here's an excerpt:


“If you start a student discussion with a hard question, like ‘How can we bring peace to the Middle East?,’” Feigelson says, “the two students who think they know the most are going to debate and protest, while everyone else watches and thinks they have nothing to contribute. It doesn’t build trust or capacity for solving problems. It creates an adversarial environment.”

Basic Training Fall Schedule 2014

Posted on 08/01/2014
Bring Ask Big Questions to Campus!

Ask Big Questions is a methodology and a set of tools that can help your campus build community, develop habits and skills of listening, and foster learning that leverages diversity. Campuses have used Ask Big Questions in a wide variety of ways, from convening conversations in residence halls, to campus-wide campaigns around major speakers and events, to using Ask Big Questions conversations in service-learning. 

If you think Ask Big Questions could be valuable for you, we encourage you to attend Basic Training!

What is it?

If They Consider My Legacy

Posted on 06/20/2014
Rabbi Josh Bolton

It will be unknown to most, as my legacy is the quiet conversation in my heart between the Holy One and me.

And it will be the tens of thousands of footsteps I took at 10pm between Hillel and 30th St. Station.

It will be the parties I hosted and all the toasts I made to friends.

And it will be all the creative projects began though never brought to fruition.

It will be my old brown belt.

And it will be the handful students who accepted my invitation and headed off to Jerusalem.

My Whole Self

Posted on 05/27/2014

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”

I wake up most days to my stomach turning and adrenaline pumping through my fingers. I lay and I worry about what will come in the day ahead. I fear I might not be good enough to handle what’s headed my way. I mull over the number of things I need to do in order to make the day worth it.