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"...we are open and vulnerable to our missteps and willing to admit when we did wrong, but we don’t take time to celebrate our successes and victories. While we ask ourselves where we missed the mark and what aspects of ourselves do we need to improve, we must also ask ourselves, What did we accomplish this past year? When were our successes? When did our spiritual work of self-improvement pay off?..."
"...There is no more powerful moment than being in the presence of, and holding the hand of, someone dying. There is no lying at the end of life. No one knows better than the person dying whether he or she has lived with purpose and meaning. And how one passes from this world to the next, with bitterness and resentment or grace and love, has much to do with how one lived in this world.
"...There are bad decisions, decisions for which information is available to warn us away from certain choices. If we ignore that information, we are culpable for those decisions and must atone. There are good decisions, for which we have knowledge that points us toward the best path. If we use that knowledge to make good decisions and benefit, we are to be congratulated. Sometimes, though, we do the best we can with the information we have, and a decision ends up being to our detriment.
"...Some, though not all anger, is as monumental as the anger that emerged from the Holocaust. Most anger exists on a smaller scale. Sometimes anger is justified and others times not. But in all its forms, anger is an expression of our evil inclination and as such it has great destructive potential. Still it also has the potential for good. Anger can drive us to push for change, to protect ourselves and our communities.
"...All three young Americans were remarkably modest and unassuming in their description of the events, as so many heroes often are. But I felt the words of 23-year-old Anthony Sadler (perhaps because he's ‘just’ a college student from California and not active military, like his buddies) really hit home: ‘Hiding or sitting back is not going to accomplish anything... Don't just stand by and do nothing.
"...There is so much to speak about – pressing issues. And, this is the only time we will have such a large sanctuary; filled to overflowing. Where do the themes of the High Holy Days fit in?..."
By Rabbi Steve Bayar, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"...Oliver Sacks may still feel ambivalent about God and about Judaism, but Shabbat clearly adds a sense of wholeness to his life. And while many scientists are wary of religion, because God is not a provable or testable hypothesis, that’s the wrong way to approach the question. If we are looking for a hypothesis to test, perhaps we should ask, ‘Can this practice enhance my life?’ That’s the true test of what religion can do."
"...Interestingly enough I have found in my rabbinic travels that some of the most powerful people in their respective vocational disciplines….those who have control over so much of the way life works, struggle to maintain a healthy nutritional lifestyle...."
"...Former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, and long-time communal leader Alan Solow, a friend, counselor and board member of Clal, publisher of The Wisdom Daily, wrote an opinion piece for JTA, which is worth the few short minutes it will take you to read. It will actually make you smarter and more self-aware about whatever position you take on the Iran deal (which currently awaits congressional approval) - and all in less than 1,000 words.
"...After 100 years, it is time for the governor of Georgia and the elected officials of our State Legislature to acknowledge Leo Frank’s innocence. In his eloquent demand for full exoneration, Rabbi Lebow reminds us, ‘Justice is the debt that the present owes the future....’"