Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Morning zhikr on retreat June 10, 2014

"My cellphone sings me a gentle song at 4:30 in the morning and I roll out of bed. Ever since our son was born I have maintained that the 4am hour is the hardest time for me to be awake. When we used to have feedings at all hours, the 4am one was the one I dreaded. Earlier than that, and I could pretend that a night of sleep lay ahead; later than that, and I could tell myself that it was morning. But oh, I used to dread the hour between 4 and 5. Not today...."

The Wisdom Daily: Imagining the Back Story – How Great Art Teaches this Skill June 10, 2014

"...When you see a scene - someone cutting you off on the road, someone who is argumentative, your child acting rudely, your colleague interrupting or ignoring you - before you react, try becoming a story teller who gives the benefit of the doubt. Imagine for a moment what might have caused the scene that can evoke some laughter and even some compassion.

Brad Hirschfield on Bowe Bergdahl and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2014

his week the news was dominated by the decision of the Obama administration to orchestrate a prisoner swap with the Taliban, bringing home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who had been in captivity for five years in exchange for five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. This week also marks the 70 anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy that began to turn the tide of WWII.

The Wisdom Daily: Eddie Izzard’s Acts of Gods June 3, 2014

"Oscar Wilde once said, "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they will kill you." Eddie Izzard, the surreal, free-associative, British comic embodies this wisdom. I saw this self-described "action transvestite" at a wildly crazy, funny show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC the other night on his Force Majeure Tour - a title that derives from the French "Acts of God". Force Majeure deals with grand philosophical ideas but if it has a theme it's simple: There is no God!..."

‘There’s a boogeyman named Glenn Beck’: Rabbi explains how he and Glenn overcame their differences and became friends May 30, 2014

Rabbi Irwin Kula sat down with Glenn Beck to discuss the evolution of their relationship and the lessons it has for change, dialogue and connecting with others on a larger scale.

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Rabbi Owen Gottlieb at 2014 GAMES LEARNING SOCIETY 10 PLAYFUL LEARNING SUMMIT May 30, 2014

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb will participate and teach at The Games+Learning+Society 10 Conference begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the University of Madison-Wisconsin’s Memorial Union with the second annual GLS Playful Learning Summit (PLS). The GLS PL Summit promotes professional development opportunities to celebrate and deepen educators’ use of games in various educational settings, and fosters collaboration among teachers, designers, researchers and others throughout the elementary to higher education continuum.

The Wisdom Daily:Innovating For Empathy – Can a New App Connect Strangers? May 30, 2014

"We are hardwired to feel unease and even fear of strangers. In fact, every religion on the planet (at least at their most evolved levels) teaches us to "love the stranger". Well, it's pretty clear religion with its technologies (wisdom and practices) has not gotten the job done. But what if there were new innovative technologies that could help us nurture empathy for the stranger?

The Wisdom Daily: Crossing the Line: Can We Be Too Good, Too Spiritual or Too Moral? May 30, 2014

"Goodness, spirituality, and morality. Since you are reading this at The Wisdom Daily, you are probably positively pre-disposed to all three. We all know of course, that you can have too much of a good thing, so why not too much of a cherished positive value?..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Like Ruth, I’m an Immigrant May 28, 2014

"Next week is the festival of Shavuot. There are many themes in the Book of Ruth, traditionally read at this time, but it is not difficult to find the story of an immigrant in this book, and all that is gained when the stranger is greeted with compassion and provided with the opportunity to make a life and contribute positively to a society, instead of hiding in the shadows...."

The Wisdom Daily: The Power of Do-Overs and Hitting Your Re-Set Button May 27, 2014

"How often have you wished for a "do-over"? You know what I mean. You make a decision or follow a path, and it doesn't play out as you hoped and planned. I know, in many ways that's the definition of life, and making the best of that reality is really important. Sometimes though, we don't want to make the best of what is, we want to roll back the tape of our lives and start again - we want a do over, and what's wrong with that? Actually nothing at all. In fact, we begin life with an innate sense that we are all entitled to at least the occasional do over..."

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