"...In discussing her most memorable cases - impassioned dissents that helped pave the way for prohibiting racial discrimination in voting, and banning employment discrimination based on race, religion, gender and national origin - one comment caught my attention. Ginsburg jokingly said, "Most of my dissents will be the law some day." True and unnerving this is!..."
"...Last month I accompanied an Adat Shalom service mission to Haiti; it was our third mission in four years. It was also our largest delegation ever with seven young men, ages 15 to 25, and 14 adults. During the days we worked at two venues. Having helped to build Lambi Village, in our 2011 and 2012 missions, we now broke ground for Lambi Village II. Each of these villages will house approximately 60 families that did not have homes to live in. Many have lived under tarps for years.
In the fall, Sinai and Synapses looked at questions of religion and technology. We'll be spending the winter looking at the question of "Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?" Here are some of the most fascinating articles from the last week about science and morality: whether “harmless wrongs” exist, reason as a force for morality, and why it’s dangerous to be certain of your own salvation. Share your thoughts!
Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, in this week’s guest blog post on Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education, writes about disruption and rabbinical leadership. Some are troubled with the pairing of “disruption” and “rabbis,” but every professional practice is being upended, and the rabbinate is no exception. Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, illustrates, rabbis have the power to disrupt how American Jews experience Jewish life.
"...Both sides have a legitimate claim to all of the land. The claims derive from different foundations but in the end, the same land is both Israel and Palestine. When we first wake up to this realization, it tastes like a bitter pill to swallow.
This week the United Kingdom's House of Commons approved a new fertility treatment that would incorporate DNA from three sources: a mother, a father and an egg donor. The treatment would be used in cases where children had a substantial chance of inheriting genetic diseases. But the treatment is controversial and raises issues of science and ethics. "Is the fear of our capacity to exercise remarkable power to save life and to make life going to get in the way of our doing this very sacred thing?"
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
Rabbi Geoff Mitelman discusses whether vaccinating children is a Jewish issue or not. He said..."beliefs guide our actions. And while we can privately believe whatever we’d like, when those beliefs manifest themselves in our choices, there are consequences. And what we can’t choose is what happens as a result of our decisions..."
A former Clal intern, Tamar Barzel is an ethnomusicologist and lecturer at Harvard University whose research focuses on experimental music, with an emphasis on late twentieth century jazz and the Jewish avant-garde. Drawing on ethnographic and archival sources, her work addresses the convergence of cultural studies, creative identity, and musical sound.
"...Watchman was actually written before 1960's To Kill a Mockingbird. However, at the time, Lee's publishers were more interested in having her write a prequel about Scout Finch's childhood (the story that became Mockingbird, which then won a Pulitzer Prize). That chronology inspires one of the amazing life-lessons which this news can teach us, even before we read the book.
"Bob Dylan's Shadows in the Night, his recently released album of ballads from the American Songbook, is remarkable, heartfelt, and vulnerable. All ten tracks have one thing in common: they were interpreted and made popular by Frank Sinatra. Yes, the enigmatic '60s counterculture icon, the raspy-voiced rebellious rocker, is rendering songs made famous by one of the smoothest nightclub crooners of all time. But I don't think Dylan is selling out.