Laurie, Ben, and Karl talk about the current fad for cleansing regimens, especially in the light of the tragedy in the Philippines, where more than 10,000 people are estimated dead following last weekend's typhoon. Do our attempts to purify our bodies represent a kind of private piety that ignores the larger needs of the world? Or are they a type of spiritual training that make us more capable of compassion and giving the world hope? This week's reading from Isaiah fits the discussion perfectly. You can listen to the podcast here or by subscribing to it through the iTunes store.
Here's the link to the reading from Isaiah.
And here's the link to the Shulevitz article in The New Republic.