"...As we begin the month of Elul, the time when we take account of our hearts, our actions and our responsibilities, it is worth considering that whatever we believe the source of meaning to be, it comes not through pursuing the desires of our hearts and eyes, but through seeking out what is larger than ourselves and contributing to it...."
"...There is no question that the experience of financial success and well-being are, at least in part, contextual. Numerous studies show that people report greater happiness when they move to a less fancy neighborhood, or are typically more affluent than most of those among whom they socialize. Their understanding of wealth and financial well-being is shaped by the context in which they find themselves...."
"...It is because of my three children that I was paraded into jail that day. It was because of them, because of their innocence and their love, that I locked arms with fellow clergy and people of faith to march to the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis and protest the treatment of blacks and to demand reforms to the criminal justice systems in St Louis, and in America. It was them that I was thinking of as I chanted about democracy and sang songs of freedom.
"...In a couple of weeks I will have been married for 33 years. I only wish I understood earlier how much the person I fell in love with decades ago, who has loved me more than any other person in my life (including my parents as they had five other kids and no choice) knew so much before I did how I have needed to change over the course of our life together...."
In celebration of the U.S. Congress passing the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago, it's a time to remember how many people fought long and hard against discriminatory policies in order to gain access to the voting process. Exercising that right to cast a ballot should be sacred in American culture. "The law does seem to be pretty vital [but] we have a participation problem in this country. How do we creatively incentivize voting?" For more, watch Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on the Faith on the Record video below.
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"...One way to understand religion is as an imposition of meaning on the world, which could be for good or for ill. However the role of religion that Jon Stewart points toward is something else: a way of reminding us that no ideology, whether expounded from a pulpit or behind a desk, should trump the real needs of others...."
"...Our concern with getting all the information we seek can actually lead us away from important truths, like a mother's love for her son (however imperfect it may be), and it can get in the way of seeing those things as fully and clearly as that courtroom oath promises that we will once we get the details we're demanding...."
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"Wendi Geffen has just assumed leadership of North Shore Congregation Israel, a reform synagogue in Glencoe that has over 1,300 members. While it has been 43 years since Sally Jane Priesand became the first woman in the U.S. to become ordained as a rabbi, according to the Jewish Women’s Archive, Geffen is one of only five young female rabbis to lead a synagogue with over 1,000 members...."
"...I have always been attracted to the multiplicity of opinions and viewpoints that resides in Judaism. I love that the Talmud records multiple views on legal decisions even when one opinion because the law. The sacred books have commentaries on commentaries. There is an old joke that where there are two Jews there are three opinions...."
The dentist from Minnesota who embarked on a high-priced hunt in Zimbabwe, and proudly lured a beloved lion away from protected land in order to kill him — in a time when lions are endangered — has provoked an angry response around the world. It's a tragic crime, to be sure, but the apoplectic reaction is disturbing to see. Where are the vocal cries of grief about the hundreds of human lives lost to violence daily? "This is not terrorism... Raise a voice for the illegal taking of animal lives, but comparing it to mass murders? That we dare not do." For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD