This week the bodies of 3 Israeli teenagers who had been missing for several weeks were found in a field not far from where they were last seen. The murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Graenkel and Gilad Shaer has ignited passions across the world and from different political camps. But this is not the time for "politics and posturing" according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com.
"On the news. In the papers. On the internet. On social media. On our bimah — where we placed them for all to see, along with yellow ribbons, less than two weeks ago. In a moment of despair, the psalmist wrote in the 121st Psalm: Esa einai el heharim… I lift up my eyes to the mountains..." Read more...
"Israeli novelist and survivor Aharon Appelfeld stated, “After the death of the last witnesses, the remembrance of the Holocaust must not be entrusted to historians alone. Now comes the hour of artistic creation.” Taking this statement literally, I’m producing BE•HOLD...."
By Janet R. Kirchheimer from Together
"What daily wisdom is there in the face of the brutal murder of three Israeli teenagers - the absolute nightmare of every parent? The ever- deepening, never ending disease of terrorism, hatred, and evil and the stark fear of what will happen next makes me want to scream out. I am a proud member of the Jewish tribe. When forced to pick a side, Jewish is my side. And so as I watch the funeral of Naftali Frankel, who was 16, Gilad Shaar, who was 16, and Eyal Yifrach who was 19, I am not thinking.
"When I wrote last week about the dust up over the Washington Redskins' name, I really thought it was a "one and done" kind of deal. I wrote about why I hope the name is changed - it's at least potentially hurtful, and may be genuinely ugly. I also wrote about why legally compelling the team to do so, might be a sub-optimal solution because of free speech issues. I really thought that was it, at least until I read "The U.S. military's ongoing slur of Native Americans" in the Washington Post..."
"...lately, Beck has been discussing the divisiveness in American politics, lamenting how much demonizing there is and even admitting that he's contributed to the problem. And he's been collaborating publicly with liberal author Rabbi Irwin Kula on ways to fix the problem...."
By Alasdair Denvil from Politix.com, 6/29/14
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield may not be the world's biggest soccer fan, but he was inspired by the play of the American team in the FIFA World Cup, and he draws some practical everyday lessons from their performance that we can all use.
From Odyssey Networks’s FAITH ON THE RECORD
"These days it seems like I am always tired. Not the 5-am-wakeup-so-I-can-get-to-the-gym kind of tired. And not even the 11-pm-bedtime-after-a-long-night-of-meetings tired. And while those kids certainly tire me out, I don't think I can blame them for this one either. These days I'm tired because I'm empathizing more with each member of my community. People keep getting sick — really sick. Diagnoses of cancers left, right, and center.
"Life lessons from the World Cup? Yup! Wisdom that will help you you live a better and happier life? You bet! Whether you are closely following the World Cup or not, you have probably seen the headlines proclaiming Team USA's loss to Germany, especially as it was a loss that got them into the next round of competion! How does that work?!..."
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"“Yes,” I told the baffled American immigration official, “I was in Belarus for a roots trip.” But this in no way captured my experience of touring in the environs of Minsk with a German speaking group out of Austria...."
By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning.com