"...As a senior fellow at CLAL and author, most recently of ‘Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Community,’ Schwarz has observed that while there is a sharp decrease in synagogue affiliation among young people, there is also a yearning among many for what he calls ‘communities of meaning.’ These communities find expression in a variety of activities, from prayer and meditation to social justice to farming and environmental sustainability...a small but growing number of youn
"I was sitting with a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, Dr. Fathi Darwish, when my friend and cofounder of Roots Ali Abu Awwad approached with plates of food for both of us. I remarked to Dr. Fathi that I learned from Ali not only about Palestinian identity and life. I also learned from him graciousness and manners.
"...I recently went on a tech cleanse in order to experience JOMO (the joy of missing out). Rather than trying to peruse and accumulate as much information as possible, I set a personal goal that I would only consume information over the course of the week that allowed me to be more in tune with myself.
"...In the aftermath of the attack in Brussels, I see Facebook posts entreating me to ‘pray for peace;’ it just feels too passive. We can't leave it to a transcendent god; we have to be hands, ears, feet, mouths, hearts, and heads dedicated to serve peace, enact peace, sacrifice for peace, bring peace, be peace."
Monday’s attacks in Brussels left at least 31 dead and hundreds wounded. The rhetoric from politicians and presidential candidates, some fanning the flames of Islamophobia and some addressing only the law enforcement and intelligence aspect of the issue, seems to miss the point, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com. If we are to fight a war against violent extremism, we must do so in a way "that does not allow us to be dragged down into the wholesale hatred that our enemies practice."
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...Two Saturdays ago, I was walking down a street in the West Village to see a friend at work when, in the middle of the street, a woman fell. Her shopping bags went every which way, and she hit the asphalt hard. Thankfully, there were no cars around. The predictable sound of people gasping followed, and then:
"...I'm worried that the grit which contributed to the growth and strength of this country has been so eroded that commitment to long term goals is seen as foolish dreaming. While we value conscientiousness, optimism and self-control in our children, do we demand those values in our leaders? Do we value courage, resolve and strength of character in ourselves?..."
Brad Hirschfield, author of “You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right” and President of CLAL and TheWisdomDaily.com; and Brigitte Gabriel — President of Act For America and Author of “They Must be Stopped” joins Steve to discuss the attacks in Belgium and the war on terror.
"...On Purim, we are taught to use graggers to drown out Haman's name during the reading of the Megillah. We are taught to refuse to respect those whose words perpetuate evil, hatred, and destruction. So where were the Jews drowning out this modern-day Haman, inside our own home at the AIPAC conference?..."
Join Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan rabbi, this Friday evening, March 25, from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York.