"Use your words," I remember saying to my children when they wanted to hit or bite during those terrible twos when children don't have the words to adequately communicate their feelings. Well, the words of diplomats and politicians, political scientists and pundits, intelligence and military experts, artists, religious leaders, and peace activists have all failed. We are killing each other rather than using our words.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"The five steps described in this Washington Post article are the result of Harvard Psychologist, Richard Weissbourd and the Making Caring Common project which he directs. Like most lists, this one may make it seem far simpler than it is to actually accomplish the goal. On the other hand, the list could actually be distilled down to an even simpler, single step – and one which is even more immediately in each of our control than the kids we produce:..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"This week, fanatical religion and absolutist atheism lost and the rest of us won" says Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com. Their town meeting opened with an invocation by local atheist Dan Courtney. The U.S. Supreme Court's recently ruled in the case of Galloway v. Greece, NY that prayer was acceptable in public meetings -- a case brought by a group of local atheists.Category: Building Bridges, Politics & Culture
"Lately I've been talking with rabbinic colleagues about how best to minister to our congregants who are struggling with the news out of Israel/Palestine. We're hearing from people who are unable to fall asleep because they can't stop thinking about the images of destruction and grief, or who wake up and immediately start agonizing about the conflict or worrying about loved ones..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
"Ever make plans with someone, and then all of a sudden they switch things up on you? Of course you have! That's life. Does it bother you? My guess is that even if you are one of those people who pride themselves on your flexibility, if the plans were about something you consider a big deal, even you would find yourself annoyed. But why?..."
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"On Tuesday, Rabbi Tsafi Lev of West Hills fasted on the Hebrew calendar day that commemorates the breach of Jerusalem’s walls before the destruction of the Second Temple. Although Lev doesn’t normally abstain from food and drink on this minor Jewish fast day, he wanted to do so this year in the name of nonviolence as intense fighting continued in Israel, Gaza and beyond..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
"Jesus may teach that it is better to give than to receive, but it may be that receiving is actually the more difficult task, at least when it comes to compliments. Most people are actually quite generous when it comes to offering compliments. Accepting them is a whole other deal.Personally, I often find it really difficult to simply and graciously accept a compliment. How about you?Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th is a fast day in Jewish tradition. It is called the 17th of Tammuz, named after the date on the Hebrew calendar. It is a minor fast, meaning that the fast lasts only from sun up to sun down. It commemorates, among other things, the breaching of Jerusalem’s walls which led to the destruction of the Second Temple..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
In light of the recent escalation of violence in Israel and the Gaza strip, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reminds us that whichever side of the argument you stand on, arguing about the facts won't get us any closer to peace but demonstrating compassion for those lost on both sides, may help us get closer to it. He urges us to remember the names of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and feel compassion for all four boys not just those we identify with.
From Odyssey Networks’s FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...what has been most challenging for me personally has been the internal tension between my liberal values and my loyalty to Israel—and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way...Morality, Haidt argues, isn’t just one thing. It has five main different facets to it—care for others, justice and fairness, loyalty, respect for authority, and a sense of sanctity. Liberals, he notes, tend to focus mainly on the first two (care and justice), and feel much less strongly about the other three (loyalty, authority and sanctity).Category: Personal Growth, Politics & Culture, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit