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"The time has come for a National Jewish Coming Out Day. The fast of Esther may seem a bit austere for such a commemoration, but actually it possesses a potent acknowledgment of the fears and the dangers of those in the closet and holds a place for the confusion and disruption that the coming out of a loved one can have for family and friends....."
Let’s not pretend our differences aren’t challenging, says Rabbi Irwin Kula. Interfaith harmony really means learning how to handle the ambivalence, the anger, the messiness, the complexity, the anxiety and the turbulence that is part of what it means to be human beings together on the planet. View video here...
"...People want many things from president, and agreement on the issues is not all they want...Among those things is the sense that the president is simultaneously ‘one of us’ and also a representation of what we want to be...."
On Sunday, March 6 through Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex in St. Louis, Professionals working for Jewish organizations around the country will come together for high-level training at the first JProStl conference. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will be the keynote speaker.
"...In reflecting on this week's [Torah] reading, Rabbi [Lord Jonathan] Sacks notes what generations of commentators have observed — the striking phrase which acknowledges that having built a sacred sanctuary for God, God will dwell not in it, but ‘among them’ — the people who built it. Buildings and other concrete manifestations may help us to find our paths to God, but they are not where God is found, at least not according to the God of Exodus...."
Aaron David Miller, Ph.D., a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, gave a special briefing to Rabbis Without Borders Fellows this morning. RWB Fellows engaged with Dr. Miller and benefited from his insights on the situation in Egypt and Tunisia as well as similarly poised regimes in the Middle East.
Steven Greenberg was a 20-year–old Orthodox rabbinic student from Ohio, studying in Jerusalem, when he realized his affections were "ripping me apart."...
"...And while it's easy to wax eloquent about the "democracy movement" coalescing in Egypt, it's not clear that what that movement will bring in its wake, should it be successful in ridding the nation of Hosni Mubarak, will necessarily be better than what Egypt has had for the past 30 years..."
"...Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog..."
"Rabbi Brad Hirschfield: ...‘By claiming that others’ words are a blood libel that endangers her, she’s at least admitting the prospect that claims her words endangered others could be true....’ Rabbi Irwin Kula: ...‘Sarah Palin’s use of this term ‘blood libel’ indicates that she sees herself as the victim this week. This is a profoundly distorted experience of reality that any sane person in this country from left to far right should see ’...."