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The Wisdom Daily: Who is Crazier – Noah or God? April 9, 2014

" I saw the blockbuster film Noah this past Sunday. Despite the deluge (sorry) of commentary about the film - inevitable for a biblical film in culture war times - I can't resist offering my take. Most of what has been written about Noah has centered on the film's fidelity to the original story, which really means fidelity to the way a particular critic heard the Noah story when he was a child, or the way his particular creedal community understands the story. Watch this segment from The Daily Show as proof..."

New Haggadahs Offer Unique Passover Experience For Every Seder Table April 8, 2014

"Passover is just around the corner and with it comes the ancient tradition of the seder and accompanying Haggadah. The Haggadah guides the ritual meal and commemorates the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. On each of the first two nights of Passover, people gather around the seder table for the 15-step meal and the recitation of the Haggadah..."

The Wisdom Daily: Reconciliation Is a Two-Way Street April 7, 2014

"Think about a time when someone hurt you, and then came seeking forgiveness. How often did you feel that they weren't doing it "right", or in the way you had anticipated, and because of that, you found it impossible to accept their overture? And what about a time when you were the one apologizing, and then finding that your sincere efforts were not accepted? How hurt and angry were you?..."

The Wisdom Daily: What Religions Can Learn from Microsoft April 3, 2014

"Big news from Microsoft - it has finally decided to make its Office software, specifically its suite of applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, work on all computing devices including those made by its competitors, Apple's Ipads and Google's Android operating system. I think there's something that religions can take from this, especially if they want to compete in the marketplace of wisdom and practices that help people flourish..."

The Wisdom Daily: Filled with Gratitude… and Cancer April 2, 2014

"Yesterday, I buried a friend and teacher of many years. She was older, but hardly "old", at least not from my perspective, and she had a rather limited time in which to deal with her impending death. In fact, the time from diagnosis to demise was exactly 5 weeks. In those 5 weeks however, she continued her role as brave teacher about living life well and wisely..."

Kirtan Rabbi in Northampton, MA at Yoga Sanctuary, Friday April 11, 2014 8pm April 2, 2014

Bring your Voices, dancing socks and open hearts to a first of a kind experience in Northampton: Join the Kirtan Rabbi and band for a Shabbat service based in chant (kirtan and niggun), movement, meditation and learning. No need to know Hebrew (or be Jewish, for that matter) to fully luxuriate in this happening.

The Wisdom Daily: Opening Day and My Father April 1, 2014

"Baseball season opens this week. Yes, hope springs eternal. We made it through winter even if winter wants to hang on a few more days. It is the start of new careers for players and the opportunity for new beginnings for players who had a bad season last year. What makes baseball so much fun is you never know how the arduous 162 game regular-season and three-tier playoff series system (that can extend the season by up to 19 more games for teams that reach the World Series) will play out. Underdogs will arise, favorites will disappoint, expectations will be unfulfilled and the unexpected will surprise..."

Screening of "Making Light In Terezin," at the Veteran's Home of CA in WLA at 7 pm on April 21st in Honor of Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day March 31, 2014

"This remarkable film tells the true story of how, in the darkest days of WWII, Jewish prisoners fought back against the Nazis by singing, dancing and laughing...As Rabbi Irwin Kula writes in the introduction to the companion book to the film, "We divide the world between victims who went passively to their deaths and those who courageously fought and killed the enemy.

Rabbis Without Borders: Student Fellowship is Accepting Applications March 27, 2014

Calling all Rabbinical Students! Do you want to develop and communicate a Judaism that can compete in a globalized, networked world in which identities and communal boundaries are increasingly permeable? By participating in the RWB Student Fellowship, you will learn how to use Jewish wisdom to speak to contemporary American issues, how to use language that is open and inclusive to reach a larger audience, and how to use Jewish wisdom to add meaning to people's lives.

The Wisdom Daily: Talk To Each Other, Not Past Each Other March 21, 2014

"Talking past each other is a human problem which affects us all. More often than not, it afflicts us with those about whom we care most. If we didn't care, there would be no conflict, we would just walk away. I came across a recent example concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church..."

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