"The yearning for intimacy, real intimacy, be it emotional, intellectual, spiritual or physical, is one of the most profound, and yet tragically often unrealized, yearnings that humans experience. The desire to truly know, and to be known, by another is a primal intuition which is arguably foundational to who we are as human beings. So what value could there be in setting limits on such pursuits?..."
"I’ll let you in on a few of the secrets. Each week, I put out a call on Facebook for those in need of blessings. I time these calls to connect with ritual making bread for Shabbat. It is customary to set aside a portion of dough, as a token of recognition of God’s generosity, when making a large amount of bread. Fulfilling of the obligation provides a unique opportunity for prayers of healing and divine intersession.
"Last night, I had the honor to speak with Clal’s West Coast Rabbis Without Borders Student Fellowship on the topic of social media, beginning with a text study. While there have been several cohorts of Rabbis Without Borders, as well as a student fellowship on the east coast for the program, this year is the first for the west coast student fellowship and I was glad I could participate in leading a session with them...." For More...
When contemplating end of life care, it can make a huge difference to have an open and comprehensive dialogue that engages the patient, families, physicians, social workers and spiritual advisers. Rabbi Irwin Kula will speak on having those difficult conversations on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:15 pm at Central Synagogue (Community House)in New York City. Central Synagogue presents the event which is a collaboration with MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care underwritten by UJA Federation of NY.
"...People will not remain Jewish just because their parents were Jewish. We have to understand how Judaism works in people’s lives, and then articulate clearly, proudly, how it can work in everyone’s life. The time has come to ask different questions in these surveys. The language and research methods used in positive psychology are a good starting point for developing new questionnaires...."
"This past week one of the most inspiring people on this planet, Alice Herz-Sommer, pianist and the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world died at the age of 110..."
"The Dalai Lama comes to Minneapolis and meets himself as a two year-old child. Well, he actually met a college student, Tenzin Paichang, who played a two year-old version of His Holiness in the movie Kundun, Martin Scorcese's bio pic from almost 20 years ago..."
"… a student from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, gave one of the most creative divrei torah I have ever heard/seen on Shabbat morning. He got several male students to serve as an Acapella backup offering a niggun that was taught the night before. He spoke over the melody. He brought a cup of dirt from outside and used it as a prop as he used a midrashic text about Jacob’s dream of the ladder (sleeping in the dust) and the blessing Jacob got that his children be as numerous as the dust. It was dvar torah as performance art.
"Is religious freedom of greater importance than the constitutional right of equality? Arizona’s state law SB 1062, which has passed through the legislature and awaits gubernatorial support or veto, argues, ‘Yes’. I suggest, ‘no’, and I do so on religious grounds...."
"...‘Freedom of religious thought and expression are sacred whether you believe in God or not. The willingness to talk about things in public even if they’re not comfortable is also sacred,’ says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, which seeks to broaden religious understanding in public discourse...."