"...In my own experience, I have had those moments both in the personal and familial and in engagements of interfaith dialogue and encounter. I have sat across from another human being who did not share my theology, my practices or my community and yet I was able to see his humanity and feel connected to him in a way that transcended the differences...."
Join Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan rabbi, this Friday evening, January 29, from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York.
Join Rabbi Irwin Kula in conversation with Dr. James Doty, head of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education to talk about his new book, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.” He tells his life story, from poverty-stricken childhood to the forefront of medicine, and delves into the connection between who and what we are — between the scientific facts of our brains and the truths of our hearts.
"Ted Cruz is no John F. Kennedy! So says the former president’s grandson, Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, in a new'ish piece on Politico. The essence of his piece was essentially that:
‘Were my grandfather alive today, he’d be excited about how far we have come as a nation since 1963, he would feel a sense of urgency about the challenges that lie ahead and he most certainly would not be a Republican....’"
"...Every December and January, I receive ‘family newsletters’ in the mail from people I rarely hear from the rest of the year. They are full of stories of academic achievements, athletic accomplishments and successful personal milestones. Excellence is assumed. Apparent perfection, it seems, is expected, the new norm against which overstressed parents and overscheduled children measure their lives...."
...Faith leaders typically communicate with parishioners through sermons, worship or community newsletters, but speaking to people outside of the faith demands different skills, said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. A faculty member at Beyond Walls in 2015, Hirschfield edits TheWisdomDaily.com and writes occasional op-eds for The Washington Post. To communicate with wider audiences, he said, clergy must reach people "where they’re at."
"...We love shortcuts, because we all have limited time, limited energy, and yes, limited cognitive ability. We want lots of results with minimal effort. But when it comes to shortcuts, you get what you pay for. If you don’t invest the time or energy into cognitive work or physical exercise, you’re not going to see results...."
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.
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.
"I didn’t realize how much I related to Charlie Brown as a ‘person’ until I, at 32 years of age, watched The Peanuts Movie. There is perhaps a high degree of Charlie Brown in most of us; a neurotic, self-loathing, pessimistic person with a healthy dose of existential dread.