Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Tsvi Blanchard, renowned scholar and professor on the topic of Rabbi Blanchard's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Rabbi Blanchard talks about his involvement as being his way to express deep religious values, and to him, that moment in time, specifically the march on Selma in which he took part, was one of an important and genuine consensus on a major national value."
"...Being rich is the ability to embrace and be grateful for the abundance of things that make life incredible. This includes understanding our unique qualities, realizing our own potential, harnessing our distinct strengths, and giving and receiving our self to our family, friends and community.
"...The magic of storytelling has not been lost or abandoned. It has relocated: Hollywood is the heir to religious storytelling. Film and television inspire our sense of wonder and connect us to big ideas. Religious stories don’t do that for everyone anymore. But we still need this inspiration, and we can still get it if we go to the right place...."
"I’m a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap. I guess that’s why I told my wife I loved her on our second date. I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly. I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably be weird.I still remember her reaction. She kind of gave me this half-shy, half-amused smile. Then she nodded and looked off into the sky. I wasn’t heartbroken by the response.
"Two highly respected experts (Dr. James Doty is the head of Stanford's Center for Compassion and Autism Research and Education, and Rabbi Irwin Kula is the president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) will lead an intellectually charged discussion about how the head and the heart are connected.
"Carolyn is Baptist. She always will be. And she comes to my synagogue regularly. By regularly, I mean she comes to everything. Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study, holiday celebrations, Adult Ed. Everything. Although she brings her Bible and her faith in Jesus along with her to every synagogue function, she doesn’t come to evangelize. And she’s not interested in converting to Judaism. She’s just interested in what Judaism has to offer...."
"...In my own experience, I have had those moments both in the personal and familial and in engagements of interfaith dialogue and encounter. I have sat across from another human being who did not share my theology, my practices or my community and yet I was able to see his humanity and feel connected to him in a way that transcended the differences...."
"I wasn’t in the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his great oration, and I am not old enough to have been at Woodstock, but I’ve been to rock concerts and to political actions where I have felt powerfully connected to all present, our gathering feeling like a profound expression of brother and sisterhood...In such moments of anticipation or hope, my heart has been open to tens or hundreds and, in a few instances, to thousands of others.
Join Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan rabbi, this Friday evening, January 29, from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York.
Join Rabbi Irwin Kula in conversation with Dr. James Doty, head of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education to talk about his new book, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.” He tells his life story, from poverty-stricken childhood to the forefront of medicine, and delves into the connection between who and what we are — between the scientific facts of our brains and the truths of our hearts.