You are invited to participate in a provocative web chat on Disrupting Organizational Culture that will take place on Thursday, March 27th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST, hosted by the Front End of Innovation and moderated by Julie Anixter, the Executive Editor of Innovation Excellence, in conversation with Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula.
As a classically-trained pianist and schooled in jazz saxophone, Rabbi Neil Blumofe's talents are more than meets the eye. Being in the "Live Music Capital of the World," he inspires Congregation Agudas Achim as well as the Austin community at large through KUT's live music series Views and Brews. Rabbi Blumofe speaks about the power of what Jazz is — it is the stuff of conversation and it has continued to articulate who we are as people, even if we don’t regularly listen to it. “And I think the same about religion.
"Talking past each other is a human problem which affects us all. More often than not, it afflicts us with those about whom we care most. If we didn't care, there would be no conflict, we would just walk away. I came across a recent example concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church..."
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. "The Bible rules warn people about cursing their parents, consulting wizards, breaking their promises or even wearing blended fabrics. Explore the ways ancient people attempted to control the dark forces in their lives."
"The Big Bang has always evoked a sense of mystery, awe and curiosity among scientists and laypeople alike. But while the Big Bang has been well-established and well-documented in the scientific community for over 50 years, the question of how the universe expanded from “minuscule” to “gigantic” in a fraction of a second was the subject of a variety of theories. One proposed idea was called “inflation theory,” and while it was theorized and generally supported, there wasn’t enough evidence to determine if it was true.
This week Vladimir Putin led Russia in the annexation of Crimea, the latest move in the international crisis unfolding between Russia and Ukraine. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and Co-founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, humiliation "is used time and again around the globe to justify some of the most horrific things", but "faith should help us appreciate the eternal, unbendable, unshakeable human dignity that each of us possesses regardless of what those around us do or have done to us in the past."
"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..."