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"“What we’re witnessing is a very healthy generational shift — healthy communities go through generational shifts,” says Rabbi Irwin Kula... “The key to generational shifts isn’t simply a rejection of the past, but new blood [that] innovates and preserves. “That is exactly the strength of these three rabbis,” Rabbi Kula continued. “All three of them innovate with a great respect for the past.”..."
"Call it a simple coincidence, call it Thanksgivukah, call it a once in a lifetime opportunity to integrate the quintessentially American and the quintessentially Jewish, but whatever you call it, celebrate the abundance and possibility in your life this year, as Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap...."
"Hanukkah is an ancient Jewish holiday that has truly come into its own in the context of America. The historic victory of the ancient Maccabees and the miracle of oil postdate the biblical era, so while the events were marked through the generations with lighting of lights and eating special foods, it remained a lesser holiday..."
"We are coming into the holiday season and something is badly out of whack in America – beyond our ongoing economic and political crises. Take Hawaii State Representative Tom Bowers who, sledgehammer in hand, walks his district's streets and parks looking for shopping carts used by homeless people, which, he then smashes to bits.
"When challenges arise, it is easy to pray for a solution. Journeying towards a meeting with his estranged brother, the biblical Jacob had a nighttime encounter with an angel..."
"Truly caring for a person at the end of life requires conversations — about love and legacy, about bestowing and receiving blessings, about choosing life versus fighting death...."
"In this week’s Torah portion, Vayeitzei, Jacob leaves his parents’ home and travels to see his uncle, Laban. On the way, he has a dream in which God appears to him and tells him that one day the land he is laying on will be his and that he will be prosperous, with numerous descendants. Shaken, Jacob awakes from the dream and declares, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of God.”..."
This week, for the first time in 30 years, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the role of prayer in government meetings. In Galloway v. Greece, NY, a local woman objected to the predominantly Christian prayers that were said during town council meetings in Greece, NY. "We need to feel welcomed even when we don't feel agreed with. That's the real challenge that lies at the heart of this case" says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield.
Watch Rabbi Irwin Kula, Angela Maiers and Dr. James Doty take their conversation to the next level by discussing "innovating compassion." The Rabbi, visionary educator and neurosurgeon met a few weeks ago at the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit in Providence, RI, a gathering of over 400 innovators from across different fields coming together to discuss their innovation stories...
"When people we love die, how do maintain our connection to them? In Jewish tradition one of the ways we sustain these ties is by marking the anniversary of the death through prayer and ritual..."