Pre-empted: Today between 2:30 and 3 pm, Rabbi Irwin Kula will be on MSNBC Live talking with Thomas Roberts about the meaning of the Pope's visit to the United States. Watch for a clip, as it becomes available, on www.Clal.org watch here between 2:30 and 3 pm.
From MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts
"I know the title, Pope Francis, a Rabbi, Mercy, and Rosh Hashanah, sounds a bit like the set up for an old Borscht Belt routine. It is anything but.
"We've lost the art of civil discourse. According to an annual "Civility in America" survey, more than 90% of us now consider lack of civility a real problem. More than a third of us admit to being uncivil to others. When we take into account social desirability bias, we know that there are a lot more of us out there who are not engaging in civil discourse. Our inability to enter into genuine conversation is undermining our communities and denying ourselves the opportunity to learn about each other.
Unlock Rosh Hashanah.
Unleash your best self.
Create The Year You Yearn For.
It’s all there, in three little Hebrew words at the center of the High Holiday liturgy.
Malkhuyot, Zikhronot and Shofarot. Words of greatness and sovereignty, companionship and memory, and the joyful blasts of the shofar.
These three defining sections of the Rosh Hashanah service remind us of a deeper truth than some of the guilt and negative feeling that many of us often associate with the High Holidays. We are more powerful, less alone and have much more to celebrate than we often recognize. By celebrating those claims, we can get to where we want to be — or at least a whole lot closer, on Rosh Hashanah and throughout the rest of the year.
The real question is whether or not we believe in ourselves as much as Rosh Hashanah believes in us?
"...We all construct different Sabbath cathedrals. A pluralistic Jewish community coupled with theological humility teaches us that we cannot proclaim another person’s Shabbat any less meaningful, impactful or valid for her or him. The institutions of Jewish communal life that strive to be conveners of broad Jewish discourse must broaden their own definitions of what it means to be Sabbath Observant.
"This season is supposed to be one of renewal. The transition from summer to fall brings a cooler breeze, a change of color and the promise of brand new page in the books of our lives. We buy new clothes for our kids, who walk into their classrooms with the excitement of being a grade older, with the opportunity to begin with a clean slate. It sounds prospectively exciting, but I wonder why so many seem to feel so darn anxious about it...including my wife, my kids and me...."
"...‘Bowl Hashanah’ will be a only-in-Brooklyn type of Rosh Hashanah morning service. Led by inventive Brooklyn Rabbi Dan Ain, it will feature music by blues-rock musician Jeremiah Lockwood (singer of the group The Sway Machinery) and include a meditation session led by ‘mindfulness expert’ Miriam Eisenberger.
This week, two stories about religion in the workplace made news. First, Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses citing her religious beliefs, was released from jail amid cameras and supporters like Mike Huckabee. And Charee Stanley, a flight attendant with Express Jet, was suspended from her job for one year for not serving alcohol to passengers, an accommodation to her Muslim faith that the airline had previously agreed to. "If you intuitively stand with one", as Brad Hirschfield says, "why don't you stand with the other just as much since each is looking for accommodation to her religious needs?"
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"Our old gods are dying, and our new ones are yet to be born, so we best be careful asking people about what they believe about God. It isn't simply that the familiar, conventional (theistic, old-man-in-the-sky, all-powerful, all-knowing god who created the universe, who loves us, judges us, responds to our prayer and guarantees an afterlife) is irrelevant to increasing numbers of people. It's that this God is actually far more disquieting...."
"...Indeed, with three little Hebrew words that lie at the center of the High Holiday liturgy, we can unlock our best selves, and Rosh HaShanah itself, as we create the lives, the communities and the world we yearn for in the year ahead. The three words? Malkhuyot, Zikhronot and Shofarot. Words of greatness and sovereignty, companionship and memory, and the joyful blasts of the shofar...."