"This past Sunday, John Oliver made television history by giving away nearly $15 million. Well, sort of. In his piece about how scarily easy it is to buy debt, he formed the company “Central Asset Recovery Professionals” (or CARP, after the bottom-feeding fish), and then spent $60,000 to buy the medical debt of 9,000 Texans, totaling nearly $15 million.
"I'll never forget that time I taught the first line of this week's Torah portion (B'midbar). One English translation begins, ‘God spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai’ (Numbers 1:1), from which Jewish tradition spins countless interpretations.
Reading this verse, the student asked me, ‘Why did God speak to Moses in China?...’"
"For me, eating other people is a no-no; however, were I to find myself on a deserted island, with a recently deceased companion as the only available food source, I might be inclined to have a little nibble. And I am not alone; there are numerous cases where people, finding themselves in a similar situation, have opted for eating their companions rather than starve to death...."
"Like a great many others have over these past few days, I have read the incredibly powerful letter written by the young woman who was raped by Brock Turner. In past weeks it has felt like we have been riding several tides of outrage...outrage expressed in politics, presidential campaigns, and by the masses who are drawn more to the outrage than to thoughtful ideas that could address the concerns that drive the outrage...."
"...50 of us move in unison, matching the instructor's movements. There is no competition or judgment. Every experienced rider was once new; every teacher was once a rider. The instructor guides us with a myriad of words–choreography, body positioning guidance, personal encouragement, and a motivational frame that guides from the first to last song. In the best classes, it feels like communal prayer.
Listen to Clal Founder and President Emeritus, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, discuss his new book, "Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot" at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Rabbi Greenberg's book is about the accomplishments of the sages. It places before the reader the values and spirit of rabbinic Judaism - in one of the finest distillations of its collective wisdom.
To Listen to Yitz's talk
"Ok people have you been watching ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’? For heaven's sakes, why not?!? During this election season, I have heard many people opine about missing Jon Stewart and his brand of political satire. Samantha Bee has picked up the mantle and then some...."
"Are you sexually satisfied? Forgive me if that is not the kind of question you expect as the opening to a post here, but given how important sex is to life, to most people's lives, and to the notion that if it matters in our lives, it matters to The Wisdom Daily, it feels totally appropriate to me. That, and it's not like I am standing in front of you demanding an answer, after all. I am simply asking if you are sexually satisfied, and happily admit that I hope the answer is yes...."
"We don't make any bones about disagreeing with one another. Possibly, we will never agree with one another about either religion or politics. But you know, I could, after all these years, probably tell you his arguments on all of these things.
"Imprints," a poem by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, appears on Bearings Online, a journal of Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies. Collegeville Institute is a place of scholarship, worship, dialogue, and community immersed in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer.
From Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical Studies