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"...It may seem that the only choice I have is taking a stand cutting off the other side, or adopting the idea that everyone has the right to have their own positions respected. Honestly, neither of these choices are satisfying. Why should I give blanket approval for worldviews and policy positions that run counter to everything I believe in? On the other hand, how can I allow my world of friends and conversation partners to dwindle just to the people that I know will agree with me?..."
"Think of this post as a kind of ‘Morning After Pill’ for the presidential election — one you take the day before. No, that's not an oxymoron. It's my way of suggesting that we begin today, to look past tomorrow, as a way to lessen the anxiety which so many people are feeling about the potential outcomes of this presidential election.
"...On Wednesday, we will wake up with a new leader of the free world probably elected by a narrow margin and largely despised, disliked or distrusted by a small minority in this country. We are coming through months of assaults and insults and, what feels to me, the unleashing of a monumental amount of pent up fear, hatred and anger in our nation. We may be falling apart as a people.
For the first time since 1908 the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily and life-long Cubs fan, the 2016 World Series has some lessons to help all of us to move forward from the election, no matter who you vote for and who wins.
"...Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and there have been aliens from the Borg to the Klingons and everything in between, but somehow we want to keep exploring what's out there – to literally discover strange new worlds. While I probably won't get to outer space in my lifetime, I go there each time I watch an episode.
"...The two stories in this week's parsha (Torah portion) amplify a tension between the need for an arrogant belief in our own righteousness, and that very arrogance as the source of human wickedness. The challenge is to find balance...."
By Rabbi Hannah Dresner, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"Well, folks, here we are. Just a few days out from arguably the most important election for the future of the United States that any of us have ever seen. And I'm tired. Tired of the endless media coverage. Tired of being unable to discuss any other important topic. Tired of a campaign that has dragged on for well over a year. But perhaps most of all, tired of false claims of moral equivalency...."
Thursday, November 17th at Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, at 7:00 pm, see An Interfaith Discussion with Craig Hatkoff, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, CLAL and Sam Sawyer, S.J., Associate Editor, America.The Galileo Case is one of the most controversial and misunderstood chapters in the annals of the Catholic Church, its echoes resounding through the centuries, down to our present day.
Join us for an evening of Galileo "deconstructed," as a distinguished panel of experts questions longstanding narratives and re-examine the ongoing debate between science and religion, viewed through a completely different lens. The performance is held at the Black Box Theater — 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY.
"...Recently, there has been an important discussion raised in the US — one that women have tried to have many times before, but it seems to have taken this year's particularly painful electoral politics to successfully bring it out: a discussion of the sexual harassment and predation that women live with as part of our normal lives...."
"...My inability to learn about distant relatives has gotten me thinking about the legacy many of us hope to leave. Every so often a Michelangelo or an Albert Einstein comes along and does leave a lasting mark on history. But, as troubling as it is, my own genealogical research suggests that within a few generations of our passing, the odds are, just like Barney Wolff, the work we do during our lifetime will eventually be forgotten...."