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"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...
"...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..."
"...‘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...."
Bring your voices, dancing socks and open hearts to join P'nai Or and Hartford Chants this Saturday for an evening of Hebrew Chant and musical meditation with the Kirtan Rabbi. Featuring: Sarah Gershuny (vocals); Adam Bauer (bass); David Noonan (percussion); other guests; AND most of all: YOU!
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A judge in Texas recently set off a firestorm when she sentenced a teenager to 10 years probation for killing four people in a drunk-driving crash. His defense that his judgment was impaired because of his privileged upbringing, or the "affluenza" defense. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com asks "Could we create a culture that combined fewer excuses and more compassion, greater accountability and more genuine understanding?"
"There is new and exciting research about the scientific study of religion. Instead of asking theological or philosophical questions, these scholars are looking at religion from sociological, psychological and behavioral perspectives. Authors like Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion or Robert Wright in The Evolution of God are using science to give much more nuance to what religion truly is — and what it could be.
"...It is the diversity of Jewish expression that enables so many to find their place within such a deep and rich spiritual wisdom tradition. Today we find ourselves, quite possibly, at another of those crossroads that, in past generations, led to some of these new expressions taking root.