"I think there is a deeper reason why so many millions get engrossed in the NCAA Tournament. It offers us a bonanza of something we rarely get to experience: unpredictable and exciting results. So much of our lives today are on auto-pilot. We have our work routines, our home routines, our usual Starbucks stops, etc., that we thirst for what is new or novel. The randomness and unpredictability of the Tournament provide this in abundance.
"Sometimes we get into trouble because we overstep boundaries or assumed roles. We jump into a situation too soon. We act with too much enthusiasm or commitment. The bigger challenge that most of us face in life, however, is not that we overstep, but that we understep - that we miss opportunities to be who we most want to be, whether out of fear, self-consciousness, or the simple premise that we are not really up to the opportunity/challenge at hand. Sound familiar?..."
Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu is a panelist at a Women's Empowerment Program on Tuesday March 18, 2014 between 7 to 9 pm at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey in Parmamus, NJ. The title of the program is "How Religion and Faith Informs and Guides Women in Facing Life Challenges." The program is sponsored by the Interfaith Brotherhood\/Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County.
"...We all have had this challenge of how to respond to friends facing the myriad tragedies of life. We don't know what to say. Our words seem either trivial or unintentionally insensitive. We don't know what to do as we can't change the situation and make things all better. And unconsciously, we may distance even from people we care about because it is sad, unnerving, and frightening to see people suffering unjustly and randomly, to realize we have much less control and are far more vulnerable than we usually imagine, and to know the truth about life - there is very little, if any, connection between our actions and our fate..."
March 13 kicks off the 2014 Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend, which is organized by Faiths United Against Gun Violence and the Washington National Cathedral. http://marchsabbath.org/ The event brings a coalition of over 50 denominations and faith-based organizations together in Washington, DC to address the ongoing issue of gun violence in America. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and Co-founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, supports the event, which continues through Sunday, March 16, and asks "can we use this weekend to open our hearts and minds to create new relationships, new alliances that will offer bold new ideas to address a challenge that affects us all?
You are invited to tune in to the Bible Rules, a six episode television series that features Rabbi Brad Hirschfield (the only expert to appear in all the episodes)and others. "Everyone knows the Bible has Ten Commandments, but there are, in fact, more than 2000 additional rules and laws in its pages. These rules govern almost every sphere of human activity, from love and war to food and drink and from how to pray to what to wear...."
Brad Hirschfield joins Father Dave to talk about The Wisdom Daily.com, Alice Herz-Sommer, a talented musician and pianist, the world's oldest known Holocaust survivor who died at age 110 and more...
You are invited to listen to a provocative web chat on Disrupting Organizational Culture which took place on Thursday, March 13th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST, and was hosted by the Front End of Innovation and Moderated by Julie Anixter, the Executive Editor of Innovation Excellence, in conversation with Craig Hatkoff, Rabbi Irwin Kula.
"...Many Jews may be unaware that Esther has taken on new status among Christians, but not everyone is surprised. ‘Esther is this remarkable, richly developed female character in the Bible,’ said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of CLAL, a Jewish think tank and leadership training organization. ‘It’s a great story—there’s sex, politics, boundary-crossing behavior. Why wouldn’t Christians be paying attention? It’s their story as much as ours.’..."
"Despite its air of frivolity, or perhaps because of it, the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim offers the opportunity to explore the challenges we face when it comes to identity inclusion and race. Both the story of Purim and the rituals of the holiday speak directly to a contemporary sensibility and provide us with some important lessons for living in a diverse multicultural world..."