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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Seeking Connections November 23, 2015

"Do you want to feel like your life has meaning? Do you want to be connected to other individuals like yourself? Do you yearn for a connection to a higher power or divine source?

You are not alone.

In our hyper-focused individualized society we often forget that humans have been seeking out connections with the divine and with each other throughout the millenia. Though our struggles for meaning and connection seem unique, they are not. We are not alone in these struggles...."

Brad Hirschfield on Poorly Evoked Holocaust Analogies and Memory November 20, 2015

As the world comes to grips with the horrific events that have unfolded in Paris and rhetoric around migrant crisis has escalated, some on the right and some on the left have drawn analogies to World War II and Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany. But the two situations are fundamentally different according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Accumulating Things Or, Then Again...Nothing November 20, 2015

"We read in Pirke Avot, the Ethics of the Sages: ‘Who is happy?’ The answer: ‘The one who is satisfied with one’s lot.’ But what happens when one’s lot comes to be measured by a lot...of stuff?... "

By Rabbi Eliana Falk, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish

The Wisdom Daily: Why Lean on Holocaust Analogies? November 20, 2015

"...After the shocking crimes of terrorism committed in Paris last week, a leading U.S. presidential candidate recently suggested the reprehensible idea that all Muslims in America should wear I.D. bracelets. Of course, we should reject such a proposal. But on the other hand, is it wise to cite the mistakes America made with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis as a basis for our present-day policy decisions?..."

LEAP Program bridges academia, rabbinate November 19, 2015

"Rabbi Steven Bayar of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn is among the 10 religious leaders in the first cohort of a new program designed to disseminate “great ideas” throughout the Jewish world.

The University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in creating The LEAP (“leverage, expand, and popularize”) Fellowship, a year-long program aimed at “leveraging great ideas so that they reach and serve the widest possible audience...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: From Greatness Comes Mercy November 19, 2015

"...Americans love to talk about how great America is, how powerful, how free. And yet, when it comes time to act, so many of us immediately start dialing it back – we can’t take so many; what if they’re dangerous; not in my state. Tamaret reminds us that true greatness and power give freely. It is from weakness that the refusal to open the hands comes...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Why I’m Tired of Praying for Peace November 18, 2015

"...maybe it was a good thing I was away from my congregation this past Shabbat because I couldn’t bring myself to utter prayers of peace. The extent of the death and violence was too raw and immediate. Rather, my first prayers were for comfort and grief for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones, and the people of Paris and France who must now deal with the violation of their safely and security.

And I also pray for acceptance.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz on Yitzhak Rabin: Reflections on Loss, Despair and Hope November 18, 2015

"For people who care deeply about the State of Israel, the future of the Jewish people or about the prospects for peace in the world, the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin provided much to think about.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Prayer For Paris November 16, 2015

"On Saturday night, my husband and I went to a local pub to listen to music. Then we came home and went to sleep. This would not be worth noting except amid the background of the attacks on Paris, it feels noteworthy...."

By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Human Beings are God’s Menorah November 15, 2015

"As the month of Kislev has begun our thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah. If there was ever a holiday made for Hollywood it’s Hanukkah. The few against the many, the weak overcoming the strong and the fight for religious freedom resonate with so many of us on all different levels. And like so many other Hollywood stories, the tale told does not even come close to the truth!..."

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