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The Wisdom Daily: How I Quit Multitasking February 15, 2016

"...Multitasking drops the IQs of full-grown men to the range of 8-year-old kids. So should I be surprised that I forgot the salmon? I’m lucky I even made it out of there in one piece!..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Should Jews Vote for Bernie? February 10, 2016

"...the fact that Sanders' Jewishness has not been a major factor in the campaign thus far is also telling. It says something about where we are as Jews in this cultural and historical moment in time: concerned with issues of Jewish continuity, mindful of the continued presence of anti-Semitism, and yet comfortable enough to have a Jewish candidate for President of the United States without it becoming a major issue...."

The Wisdom Daily: Can Smartphones Connect Us To The Divine? February 9, 2016

"...Was I, too, engaged in prayer, even if non-verbal, not directed at a particular deity and not part of a formal ritual? Was I in a non-denominational cathedral created from trees and logs and moss? Were my smartphone pictures visual expressions of gratitude for the world around me?..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Women Should Help Women February 9, 2016

"...Women should interrogate their own reactions to the candidates to see whether they are being influenced by the sexist bias in our national discourse. We should look deeper than the sound bites, the glee that ensues when it seems like women are turning on each other. Men should do this as well, not just women. It impacts us all, and it is easy to overlook....."

The Wisdom Daily: The "Poop" Super Bowl Ad Was Seriously Kind Of Funny February 8, 2016

"...Yes, I admit that I occasionally enjoy the ever-childish, poop joke. So, when a one minute - that's 10 Mil – spot features a guy who is so constipated that he envy's a dog straddling a fire hydrant, it brings a smile to my face. At least it does until I get that the ad is part of the more than 6 billion dollars spent each year by pharmaceutical companies on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs in the United States.

The Wisdom Daily: Why I Love My Open Mind February 8, 2016

"...think that's key. When you can conceive of changing your mind, you begin to open your imagination to all the vast mental spaces that aren't yours. You respect that the cognitive landscape you inhabit is expansive but limited. Another consciousness might have a line into different insights from yours...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Loving and Hating Valentines Day February 8, 2016

"...At the core of the successful romcom and romance novel is a fundamental spiritual truth; two people, separate and unique, whole each on their own, can bridge the enormous gulf that stands between them and connect. That connection is in Hollywood terms, ‘magic’ but I see it as holy. Sometimes that connection comes like a lightning bolt. Sometimes it comes after struggle to get over what divides us. But whatever the path, when it happens, it is amazing.

Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, PhD on the Deep Religious Resonance of Civil Rights February 4, 2016

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Tsvi Blanchard, renowned scholar and professor on the topic of Rabbi Blanchard's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Rabbi Blanchard talks about his involvement as being his way to express deep religious values, and to him, that moment in time, specifically the march on Selma in which he took part, was one of an important and genuine consensus on a major national value."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Re-creating Ethics with My Daughter February 4, 2016

"My two-year-old is now in the stage where my wife and I are torn between encouraging our daughter's independence and our need to, say, get out the door in less than four hours. What's been fascinating to watch has been how her moral code is developing. If she's running away from us at bath time, for example, one of us will often go, ‘Where'd our good listener go? She was just here. She's missing!’ She'll then stop in her tracks, and run back to the bathtub and will beam when we say, ‘There she is!

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: More than Enough: So Hard to Say Thank You February 3, 2016

"...The truth is, for many of us, that it’s not always so easy to stop and give thanks. How often do we stop and really think about the deeper meaning of the abundance of blessing that may be in our lives? Thanking can be a difficult and complex process when we are not always aware of the things for which we should be thankful. To be able to have the consciousness to be able to thank, we have to be able to understand clearly what is actually happening around us.

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