"...after reading this devastatingly beautiful ‘Missed Connection’ recently, I'm reminded once again that the mere act of bravely setting our prayers free – into the void – can be just as beneficial to our souls as the actual thing we're asking for. The Craigslist poster, unidentified thus far, reaches into the virtual abyss to connect with someone he met 43 years ago.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Jewish Toolkit
"If there were any person in your life, living or dead, with whom you could spend one last day, who would it be? And how would you spend that day? No, I'm not stealing this question from college applications. I'm feeling the pain of the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon and the killings of Eitam and Na'ama Henkin in Israel. The deep desire to hold close those I love is definitely part of my response...."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Jewish Toolkit
At Brittany Peck's wedding in Ohio last month, she reportedly worried about who should walk her down the aisle. Putting her feelings first, her father surprised guests when he reached a hand out to Brittany's stepfather, pulled him from his seat, put their animosity aside and insisted that he participate in the bride's entrance. The wedding photos taken by Delia Blackburn have gone viral, and it's clear why according to Brad Hirschfield: "There are probably more good partners in our lives than we realize [and] the kind of love and open-hearted honesty that led to that moment? We all need more of it."
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"When I was the parent of a toddler, I learned that transitions are hard. Toddlers don't have a clear sense of time, so hearing "the playdate will be over at noon" doesn't necessarily help them prepare. They may not have much agency in their lives, so acceding to changes may feel like yet another place where they aren't in control. And they don't have the life experience to know that everything ends - so to them, every ending is a new heartbreak...."Category: Personal Growth, Politics & Culture, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
"At this time of year, what is the importance of the sukkah? The temporary shelter stands with a roof made of branches that do not provide a full cover. If it rains, the inside is made unusable and a very strong wind may knock it down. And yet we plan the weeklong autumnal holiday of Sukkot to be spent eating (and in some places, sleeping) under it.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger, Heather Hansen and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.
"I grew up in a fairly small Jewish community. In the ’80s, Austin, Texas was not the cool mecca it is today. There was one small Reform synagogue and one small Conservative synagogue. There was only one other Jewish kid in my class in grade school. I remember each year having to explain to my teacher that I would be out for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and having her say, “Russia what?”..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Rabbis Without Borders, Jewish Toolkit
Pre-empted: Today between 2:30 and 3 pm, Rabbi Irwin Kula will be on MSNBC Live talking with Thomas Roberts about the meaning of the Pope's visit to the United States. Watch for a clip, as it becomes available, on www.Clal.org watch here between 2:30 and 3 pm.
From MSNBC Live with Thomas RobertsCategory: Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"I know the title, Pope Francis, a Rabbi, Mercy, and Rosh Hashanah, sounds a bit like the set up for an old Borscht Belt routine. It is anything but.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Jewish Toolkit
"We've lost the art of civil discourse. According to an annual "Civility in America" survey, more than 90% of us now consider lack of civility a real problem. More than a third of us admit to being uncivil to others. When we take into account social desirability bias, we know that there are a lot more of us out there who are not engaging in civil discourse. Our inability to enter into genuine conversation is undermining our communities and denying ourselves the opportunity to learn about each other.Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Jewish Toolkit