The Wisdom Daily: Can Social Entrepreneurs Repair the World? May 14, 2015

"...My favorite commandment is tikun olam, repair the world. It's the single commandment that I feel has the potential to change the nature of humanity, and to unleash opportunities for all people to flourish. Perhaps social entrepreneurship is the modern halacha that guides us to enact tikun olam.

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, In Concert at the Jewish Home in New York City May 13, 2015

Co-sponsored by Romemu, Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, along with Shoshana Jedwab, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman join for a multi-generational chanting on Sunday, May 17 from 2:30 - 4:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the concert, contact Tammy Marshall at or 212-870-4663.

From Clal

Janet R. Kirchheimer's Interview about BEHOLD and Holocaust poetry on Tweetspeak, Part III May 13, 2015

"BE•HOLD explores poetry about the Holocaust from the rise of Nazism to the current day. A fusion of cinema and poetry, each poem has its own style and visual island evoking a range of emotions. Poets and survivors and their descendants present the poems, creating a deep well of voices responding to evil and genocide. Between each poem-film will be music or interviews with experts (historians, poets, etc.)...."

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap May 12, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. First, another revelation about the raid to take out Osama bin Laden. Pakistan intelligence knew where he was all along and told the CIA where he was hiding. Second, Democrats veto President Obama's trade agreement. Republicans are backing Obama. Third, first Republican woman, Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packward, declares her candidacy for President. Does she realy understand the economy? Also, Christianity in sharp decline and a racist interview bringing Democrats and Republicans together. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.

Does Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserve to be executed? Wait, does it even matter? May 11, 2015

"...Frankly, I don’t care if he is sorry or not. Either way, I think that he should not be executed. For me, the question is not only whether or not the murderer deserves to die. There is a difference between what someone deserves and what we have the moral authority to do, on the one hand, and what doing those things does to us, on the other..."

The Scapegoat of Deflategate May 8, 2015

This past week, the NFL released their report on the deflated football controversy in connection with the New England Patriots, also known as "Deflategate”. “So what’s going on?” asks Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of, “The scapegoat here was Tom Brady. The bigger goat, the better goat that was kept aside and spared any shame, seems to me, has got to be Coach Bill Belichick.” For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

Epichorus’s sound is as diverse as its penchant for weaving musical legacies May 8, 2015

"How wide to let things stray — that’s the question in world music,” says composer and oud player Zach Fredman, the founder of the Epichorus, a Judeo Arabic retro-folk ensemble. You can see why the question has been on Fredman’s mind.

Janet R. Kirchheimer's Poem "Planting" On Bearings May 7, 2015

Bringing the dirt to his face,
my father smells it. “This is good soil,”
Blessed are You,

and we plant the garden, and
my father tells me he dreamed

To read the entire poem, click here.
From Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies

Rabbi Irwin Kula is Guest Scholar at the Hamptons Synagogue for Shavuot May 5, 2015

Rabbi Irwin Kula is Guest Scholar in Westhampton, NY for Shavuot, May 23 - 25, and will teach at the following sessions over Shavuot:

Saturday, May 23, 10:45pm: Beyond Tribe and Creed: Religion As a Path to Human Flourishing

Sunday, May 24, 7:00pm: The Technology of Mitzvot: Is There An App for That?

Monday, May 25, 1:00pm: Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

Irwin Kula on Race at the Anti-Summit May 5, 2015

"...Craig(Hatkoff) opened the Anti-Summit with a video hello from prior Disruptive Innovation Award honoree Glen Beck (yes, that Glen Beck) and then welcomed his partner, 8th generation Rabbi Irwin Kula, and Dixon White (yes, the Dixon White, self-styled Tennessee “redneck” who’s remarkable video has gone viral) to join him on the stage and discuss nothing less than race relations in America...As these men and their discussion made clear, we desperately need successful innovation in a number of critical busin

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