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The Wisdom Daily: Coming To America December 6, 2014

"Prince William and Duchess Kate have arrived, and all eyes are upon them. Okay, not “all” eyes, but certainly tens of millions of them. Why is that?What makes the “royals” so popular, especially given that they aren’t our royals? Is it simply an extension of our celebrity-obsessed culture, or could it be something more?..."

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The Wisdom Daily: The Shocking Fear of Being Alone with Our Thoughts December 5, 2014

"Here is something frightening. Do you know what one of the most difficult tasks is for people? To do nothing but think! We do not like to be alone with our thoughts. In more than 11 separate studies, psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities showed that people so hated being left alone to simply think - regardless of their age, education, income or the amount they used smartphones or social media - that they chose to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium of solitude...."

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The Gospel According to Jerry featured in The Miami Herald December 5, 2014

From The Miami Herald: "Opposites attract in New Theatre’s production of The Gospel According to Jerry, a play by Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula that’s now onstage at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. Running through Dec. 14, the play features John Manzelli as a rabbi who finds common ground with Christina Alexander as a gospel singer. And after the 5:30 p.m.

Eric Garner, Peaceful Protests and Leviticus December 5, 2014

This week a grand jury on Staten Island, NY decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. “Whatever you think,” says Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive director of TheWisdomDaily.com, “pick the guy you identify with more and remember the guy you identify with less is every bit as much your brother.”

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The Wisdom Daily: Why It’s So Hard to See the Real Bill Cosby December 3, 2014

"I wrote this review of Michael Whitaker's 500+ page definitive biography of Bill Cosby, Cosby: His Life and Times, a week before the eruption of sexual assault and abuse charges against Cosby. I held back posting it on TWD because, like Whitaker, I consciously chose not to mention in my review the longstanding charges of Cosby's sexual predatory behavior. Last week Whitaker tweeted, "I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively."..."

The Wisdom Daily: Imagine No Religion… Or Science Either December 2, 2014

"John Lennon had it right when he sang the words "Imagine no religion", though probably not in the way which most people think so. According to a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, 41% of Americans either completely disagree (27%) or mostly disagree (14%) with the assertion that "Evolution is the best explanation for the origins of human life on earth". Surprised? Disturbed? I am not surprised, but I am disturbed, though perhaps for reasons that will surprise you..."

Tzemah Yoreh: Songs of Anger December 1, 2014

In this Hebrew (only) volume of poetry, Bible Criticism Scholar and Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. collects his poetic expressions of anger at the discrepancy between the values in the Torah, which is precious to him, and his modern-day humanist values.
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The Wisdom Daily: An Experiment in Gratitude December 1, 2014

"Check out what I picked for this week's top inspiring video: Much work has been done in recent years on the science of happiness and one recurring finding is that expressing gratitude significantly increases our happiness. Interestingly, the more specific we are about what we are grateful for the greater the increase in our happiness..."

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The Wisdom Daily: What If It Is Hard To Be Thankful? December 1, 2014

"There are so many ways to make the most of the leftovers from your Thanksgiving table. From the classic turkey sandwich (add a bit of cranberry sauce and a dab of spicy mustard!), to leftover sweet potatoes, which can easily be turned into amazing gnocchi with the addition of some flour, an egg and a bit of salt, you really can do some amazing things to extend your holiday meal.

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