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"According to the report for the largest political survey in its history, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines - and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive - than at any point in the last two decades... producing rising animosity bordering on a sense of alarm" toward the opposite party.
"When you think about a normal day in your life, from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep, you experience far more expressions of kindness and love than meanness and hate. But as I wrote a few weeks ago, we are hardwired to be far more alert to negative, fear-inducing events that generate fight or flight responses than to positive events that generate security and empathy..."
This week The New York Times told a surprising story about the former Archbishop of New York, Cardinal John J. O'Connor – his mother was born Jewish. The story raises questions about religious identity, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, and suggests a discussion of what "dual citizenship" in the realm of faith and spirituality might mean.
Rabbi Owen Gottlieb will participate and teach at The Games+Learning+Society 10 Conference begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the University of Madison-Wisconsin’s Memorial Union with the second annual GLS Playful Learning Summit (PLS). The GLS PL Summit promotes professional development opportunities to celebrate and deepen educators’ use of games in various educational settings, and fosters collaboration among teachers, designers, researchers and others throughout the elementary to higher education continuum.
"How often have you wished for a "do-over"? You know what I mean. You make a decision or follow a path, and it doesn't play out as you hoped and planned. I know, in many ways that's the definition of life, and making the best of that reality is really important. Sometimes though, we don't want to make the best of what is, we want to roll back the tape of our lives and start again - we want a do over, and what's wrong with that? Actually nothing at all. In fact, we begin life with an innate sense that we are all entitled to at least the occasional do over..."
"...Why am I so idealistic when others are so cynical? Why do I hold out high hopes when others lose faith in dialogue? Perhaps it’s partly my open-ended view of what counts as interfaith “dialogue.” Dialogue is conversation, communication, an exchange of speech. Speech comes in many forms, some nonverbal; communication can come simply through shared experience..."
"How did you pick your current career, or could it better be said that your career picked you? When did you know what you "wanted to be when you grew up"? Think back to eighth grade... Imagine you then picking the career you have now. Sound crazy? Well, that is pretty much what the State of Texas is asking 400,000 graduating eighth graders to do just about now. What are they thinking?..."
"What is your attitude toward mistakes? Well, this week researchers at IBM announced that they found two new kinds of industrial polymers that are strong, lightweight and crack-resistant and that could be utilized in several industries ranging from aerospace to microelectronics. The discovery could enable development of plastics that are easily recyclable (currently plastics are notoriously difficult to recycle), creating far less plastic waste. Scientists had long assumed that all major types of plastics had already been discovered..."
Twice a year Clal sponsors a Rabbis Without Borders Rabbinical Student Retreat to allow students to be exposed to some of the most innovative thinking in the Jewish world that has a direct impact on the way these students might shape their rabbinate. Twelve different seminaries from across the denominational spectrum co-sponsor these retreats. The program is run by Clal Senior Fellow, Rabbi Sid Schwarz.
"At the launch of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Innovation Week, which is under way right now in New York City, a gaggle of leaders in innovation shared what they are most excited about in innovation right now. Their answers range from new technological gadgets to new ways to think about our own identities...Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-founder of Disruptor Foundation: ‘The most interesting thing happening in innovation to me now is how people are innovating their identities.