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"I had the privilege of attending the opening performance of The Death of Klinghoffer on Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera. I say privilege because after months of listening to protests and nasty threats by fellow members of my tribe (Jewish), almost all of whom admittedly never saw the opera, seeing The Death of Klinghoffer was an extraordinary cultural and musical experience.
On Wednesday evenings October 29th, November 5th, and 12th Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard along with eight other formidable rabbis and teachers will teach three week workshops such as Dr. Blanchard's "Existential Dialogue: The Complex Human Spirit of the Talmud — Cultural meaning-making is at the heart of both religion and spirituality.
"Much has been written about the impact of Rabbi Barry Freundel on the Orthodox world. In a community that sees the mikveh as essential to their practice of Judaism, this is a fundamental tear in the fabric that weaves together ideals of halakhic observance with the messy realities of daily life. But much less commented upon are the ways in which this tragedy has implications beyond the Orthodox world..."
"For the past few weeks, my email and social media have been inundated with discussions and links to flyers, articles and events that all support the opposition, protest and even disruption of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer.” And I disagree with each one..."
"Glen Campbell's newest, and likely last, song will make you cry and give you comfort, especially if like me, you know people with Alzheimer's Disease, or other forms of dementia. Titled "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", the song invites us to think deeply about what it is we really mourn as we see a loved one drift out of the world. Is it their pain, or ours? I wrestled with that question a lot as my father was dying, and wrestle with it still as others I love suffer with dementia..."
Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses “What if the Bible was dominated by strong female voices instead of males? Would we relate to the Bible differently? In this new experiment, I switch the gender of every character in the Biblical text and wait for readers' reactions.”
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"Game theory’s famous Prisoner’s Dilemma has many variations. Consider the case where two “rational” individuals who might not cooperate even when it’s in their best interest; “irrational” behavior, albeit riskier, can lead to a better outcome for each. Are we witnessing a solution to the Prisoner’s Dilemma unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera?..."
"Do you realize how little we know about the countries with which we are in conflict? Outside of the polarizing rhetoric of politicians and the narrow lens of media headlines, what do we know about countries we consider our enemies? An eatery in Pittsburgh, PA has an innovative and savory way of addressing this..."
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Extreme fitness programs have become a multi-billion dollar industry. What drives people to train like Navy SEALS? According to Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily, “longing for experience over what makes rational sense is a very real piece of what it means to be human”, and that longing for experience is reflected in the way Americans currently view religion.
"Over 4.9 million people have viewed Rob Anderson's magic act in which he tears up a homeless man's sign, only to put it back together with an extra surprise which he then gives to the gentleman. In a world of what often feels like endless competition for clicks and views, it's easy to confuse success with making a difference. Sometimes though, virtual virality - nothing to sneeze at - opens the door to real world change..."