"In the public square, Christianity and science are often presented as opposing sources of truth: if you believe in one, then you must reject the other. But in fact, many Christians find that science helps them search for truth and understanding, and believe that reason, thoughtfulness and critical inquiry are gifts from God.
"… a student from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, gave one of the most creative divrei torah I have ever heard/seen on Shabbat morning. He got several male students to serve as an Acapella backup offering a niggun that was taught the night before. He spoke over the melody. He brought a cup of dirt from outside and used it as a prop as he used a midrashic text about Jacob’s dream of the ladder (sleeping in the dust) and the blessing Jacob got that his children be as numerous as the dust. It was dvar torah as performance art.
"Can addiction be a choice? And if so, can it ever be considered a worthy choice? Barry Miles' book, Call Me Burroughs: A Life, raises those questions in interesting ways which invite further reflection on our right to make bad choices...."
"Is religious freedom of greater importance than the constitutional right of equality? Arizona’s state law SB 1062, which has passed through the legislature and awaits gubernatorial support or veto, argues, ‘Yes’. I suggest, ‘no’, and I do so on religious grounds...."
"...‘Freedom of religious thought and expression are sacred whether you believe in God or not. The willingness to talk about things in public even if they’re not comfortable is also sacred,’ says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, which seeks to broaden religious understanding in public discourse...."
Bring your voices, dancing socks and open hearts to join P'nai Or and Hartford Chants this Saturday for an evening of Hebrew Chant and musical meditation with the Kirtan Rabbi. Featuring: Sarah Gershuny (vocals); Adam Bauer (bass); David Noonan (percussion); other guests; AND most of all: YOU!
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"Have you seen the series of Vizio Smart TV commercials? They are quite unnerving. They play on what we digital immigrants (I am 56) all know. Our children know so much more than us in so many areas that not only do we need to learn from them in ways parents have never needed to learn from their children, but there are times it feels like we are living in different worlds...."
A judge in Texas recently set off a firestorm when she sentenced a teenager to 10 years probation for killing four people in a drunk-driving crash. His defense that his judgment was impaired because of his privileged upbringing, or the "affluenza" defense. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com asks "Could we create a culture that combined fewer excuses and more compassion, greater accountability and more genuine understanding?"
You are invited to join the Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One Web Chat on Thursday, February 27th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST. The third in this exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff joined by Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence, will center Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One: Courage, Empathy and Conversational Intelligence: The Personal Challenge of Disruptive Innovation, Decreasing Stress and Fear, Collaborating Better, The Role of Conversational Intelligence in Co-Creation and
Creating the Space to Disrupt.
"It takes just a few hours to read "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua and her husband, fellow Yale law professor, Jed Rubenfeld's new book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. And it takes even less time to realize the wisdom in this book isn't in its ideas but in understanding why such ideas resonate and the harm they do to us personally and collectively...."