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You are invited to tune in to the Bible Rules, a six episode television series that features Rabbi Brad Hirschfield (the only expert to appear in all the episodes)and others. "The Bible rules warn people about cursing their parents, consulting wizards, breaking their promises or even wearing blended fabrics. Explore the ways ancient people attempted to control the dark forces in their lives."
"Sometimes we get into trouble because we overstep boundaries or assumed roles. We jump into a situation too soon. We act with too much enthusiasm or commitment. The bigger challenge that most of us face in life, however, is not that we overstep, but that we understep - that we miss opportunities to be who we most want to be, whether out of fear, self-consciousness, or the simple premise that we are not really up to the opportunity/challenge at hand. Sound familiar?..."
Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu is a panelist at a Women's Empowerment Program on Tuesday March 18, 2014 between 7 to 9 pm at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey in Parmamus, NJ. The title of the program is "How Religion and Faith Informs and Guides Women in Facing Life Challenges." The program is sponsored by the Interfaith Brotherhood\/Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County.
"...We all have had this challenge of how to respond to friends facing the myriad tragedies of life. We don't know what to say. Our words seem either trivial or unintentionally insensitive. We don't know what to do as we can't change the situation and make things all better. And unconsciously, we may distance even from people we care about because it is sad, unnerving, and frightening to see people suffering unjustly and randomly, to realize we have much less control and are far more vulnerable than we usually imagine, and to know the truth about life - there is very little, if any, connection between our actions and our fate..."
You are invited to listen to a provocative web chat on Disrupting Organizational Culture which took place on Thursday, March 13th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST, and was hosted by the Front End of Innovation and Moderated by Julie Anixter, the Executive Editor of Innovation Excellence, in conversation with Craig Hatkoff, Rabbi Irwin Kula.
"Despite its air of frivolity, or perhaps because of it, the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim offers the opportunity to explore the challenges we face when it comes to identity inclusion and race. Both the story of Purim and the rituals of the holiday speak directly to a contemporary sensibility and provide us with some important lessons for living in a diverse multicultural world..."
"A new blood test can predict with 90% accuracy whether or not a person will develop Alzheimer's disease in the next three years. Details can be found in the just published edition of Nature Medicine, where this test is being hailed as "a real step forward". But is it? Do we really want to know that we will suffer from this terrible illness years before we actually become noticeably symptomatic, or is this a terrible case of TMI - too much information?..."
"We all need time to just take a deep breath, relax and enjoy life, reflect, and re-energize. Finding this place of renewal and re-creation, remembering the non-work parts of who we are, connecting more deeply to people we love and to the beauty of the world actually takes as much intention, creativity, and practice as working productively. I was reminded of this last week on the National Day of Unplugging - in our hectic and super paced lives, when for the first time in human history we can be plugged in 24/7, it is not surprising that the practice of "Being" or "Sabbathing" (a day of rest) is being recovered...."
"I’ll let you in on a few of the secrets. Each week, I put out a call on Facebook for those in need of blessings. I time these calls to connect with ritual making bread for Shabbat. It is customary to set aside a portion of dough, as a token of recognition of God’s generosity, when making a large amount of bread. Fulfilling of the obligation provides a unique opportunity for prayers of healing and divine intersession.
"Last night, I had the honor to speak with Clal’s West Coast Rabbis Without Borders Student Fellowship on the topic of social media, beginning with a text study. While there have been several cohorts of Rabbis Without Borders, as well as a student fellowship on the east coast for the program, this year is the first for the west coast student fellowship and I was glad I could participate in leading a session with them...." For More...