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Brad Hirschfield on Accepting Other Beliefs Within Your Tradition January 22, 2016

According to reports, the latest English language directive from ISIS is for Muslims to attack more Muslims. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield warns that this is not just a problem for the Islamic community but represents the idea that fanaticism can be present in any religion. and encourages us all to be "on the lookout for any fanatical totalitarian understandings, not of the traditions that other people may love but that we ourselves practice." View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.

NEH Award to Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, PhD's RCP@ MAGIC at RIT January 22, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant to RCP@ MAGIC at Rochester Institute of Technology for prototyping the mobile version of Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, PhD's team's strategy card game: Lost & Found: "a game that explores the history of medieval legal codes with an initial focus on the Mishneh Torah written by Maimonides." More news to come about this project in the near future.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Would You Trade Faith for Control? January 20, 2016

"...How many of us travel through life, bouncing between these two poles? Sometimes frantic at our lack of control in a situation, and at other moments in our life so craving of the unexpected and unknown? I love Brene Brown’s definition of faith because she demonstrates that faith and religion are not always the same thing. Someone can be religious but define their faith and practice in ways that seek to explain everything and bring a high level of control and predictability into their lives.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Tu Bishvat: Tending the Garden of the Self January 19, 2016

"...Tu B’shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is often referred to as the Jewish Arbor Day. In early rabbinic text, Tu B’shvat is referred to as ‘Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot’, literally the ‘New Year of the Trees.’ In our day and age, one in which our abuse of the environment is evident to almost everyone in the scientific community, it is a source of pride that the Jewish tradition has always been wise to draw special attention to the trees, and to nature in general.

The Wisdom Daily: Black Rage, Holocaust Rage January 18, 2016

"Sharing someplace, or someone, you love is never simple — especially if you are not sure how those with whom you share will respond to the people and places you love. And if they respond in genuinely negative ways, it can be anger-making and downright painful...."

The Wisdom Daily: Welcome to the New "Wisdom Daily!" January 18, 2016

"...our approach is that...[Clal, TheWisdomDaily.com], and writing come from an ‘inside-out’ perspective. One in which we are informed by our beliefs but are motivated to turn them into improving the entire world. That means that every person on earth has something to contribute, and that wisdom is a shared reality.

Because Jewish hosts Saturday Morning Services on Saturday, January 23rd at 10 AM in Gowanus January 18, 2016

Rabbi Dan Ain presents Because Jewish Saturday Morning Services on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10 AM at 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Because Jewish is fiscally sponsored by Clal and Rabbi Dan Ain is a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow.

Adult Smart. Kid Friendly. Jazz Infused. Monthly services led by Rabbi Dan, Miriam Eisenberger and Avi Steinhardt.


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Because Jewish hosts Korban Shabbat on Friday, January 22nd in North Park Slope January 18, 2016

Rabbi Dan Ain presents Because Jewish Korban Shabbat on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM in North Park Slope. Korban Shabbat is a loose, free-form, Friday Night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling. Adapting, adopting and appropriating styles from multiple communities and perspectives, no two Korban events are the same.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Lift Up the Voices of the Unheard January 18, 2016

"MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ is his most famous and has made a lasting impression on me. I don’t know exactly how old I was when I first heard this speech. I was in elementary school, probably 3rd or 4th grade. Upon hearing these words, I felt immediately embraced by Dr. King and included in his vision. With one phrase, he made me feel heard, ‘Jews and Gentiles....’"

Public, Two-Day DIY Kirtan Workshop in NYC with the Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn January 15, 2016

On January 19th and 20th in Yonkers, NY, treat yourself to The Art and Passion of Hebrew Kirtan: Opening Your Heart through Music, Meditation and Study. A two-day, DIY workshop. Join the ‘Kirtan Rabbi,’ Rabbi Andrew Hahn, for a deep immersion in this cutting-edge practice. We will chant a lot. And we'll discuss creating and leading chants, do easy meditation and voice exercises, and study related Jewish texts.

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