"...Oddly, though it feels disconcerting now, uncertainty is really more the norm than the anomaly. All of the most consequential aspects of our lives are uncertain. We don’t know what could happen tomorrow, we don’t know when we’ll die, and when we’re honest, we don’t really know the meaning or purpose of our lives. And yet, we are terribly good at pretending to live in a reality in which everything is certain.
"...This year, there is great question as to whether or not Turkey Day will bring the regular treats of joy, reconnecting, enjoying and being thankful for all that we have, or if it will simply be the catalyst for painful and divisive political and life conversations. Thanksgiving always falls a few weeks after Election Day, and yet, this year is clearly like no other...."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
"...Ida, a single mother, an internationally renowned violinist, a brilliant and strong-willed woman, had been treated for leukemia, put (miraculously, given the severity of her illness) into remission, and then only a month ago struck with a powerful and ultimately fatal recurrence. Her ten-year-old son, a precocious and singularly intelligent boy, is now officially an orphan.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"...Do we really want Facebook and Google to determine what is and isn't a hoax, then edit and shape what we see, based on their determination? What criteria would be used to make such a determination? Would it require limiting or outing The Onion or The Daily Show from our newsfeeds? What about religion news based on the premise that Jesus actually rose from the grave 2,000 years ago, or that God descended upon Mount Sinai 1,200 years before that in order to give the Israelites 10 Commandments?Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"...If this sounds exciting to you, then pass this on to your rabbi or if you are a rabbi, please apply! The ideal candidate is a rabbi who believes that the teachings of Judaism can help navigate every aspect of modern American life. This rabbi seeks to have an impact both within and beyond their individual congregation, organization, or community. Creativity and an ability to think outside the box are valued qualities...."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
"...There are many paths towards economic and social mobility, but, historically, elite colleges have played a relatively strong role here. And they seem to leave this demographic out to a large extent, letting people from that sort of background assume that these schools are unfriendly and out of reach both economically and socially.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership
"...I am going to talk about a very Jewish concept — and that is that the way we speak our thoughts, channel our energies, and respond in difficult situations are a direct reflection on our people — the Jewish people, and on our own personal ethics, as well as the way we choose to make God’s presence manifest on the earth — or not.
What do you think? Should patients take an oath like doctors do? Heather Hansen, Esq., speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about oaths and how they might improve the medical practitioner's relationship with the patient. Since oaths have the power of ritual, tradition and presence, having an oath or oath-like practice that cultivates remembering that the patient is a whole person, that the medical practitioner may not have a perfect answer to the patient's problem, etc.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Jewish Toolkit
"...If the only act someone did to indicate their concern for the vulnerable among us was to put on a safety pin, I, too, would consider it laughable rather than laudable. But being aware is always the first step toward change. First, be aware, then learn. Learn, then examine the alternative actions. Examine the alternatives, then decide. Decide, but then, most importantly, act...."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders
Rev. Welton Gaddy speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield in an effort to seek healing and words of hope. Well before the voting started in this year's election, it was already very clear to us that the divisiveness and distrust in the campaign would need to be addressed in the election’s aftermath. State of Belief radio is hosting a series of conversations around the themes of healing and reconciliation this week.