The Wisdom Daily: How Free Are We? April 2, 2015

"...How free are we? The Seder is a three-step meditation on the journey inviting us to realize:

Wherever we are, we are in Egypt... in some way.
There is always a Promised Land... some better place we can reach.
We can get to that better place but only by wandering together.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Talking about Dying is Really Talking about Living April 1, 2015

"...The theological quandary of eschatology...the question of what happens to us after we die has puzzled theologians and laypeople alike for millennia. I happen to believe strongly in the idea of an afterlife. When I have the sad occasion/privilege of witnessing death, I have no doubt that our bodies are mere capsules for our souls. Our souls are truly what give each of us our unique gleam and charm.

The Wisdom Daily: What It Means To ‘Receive In Order To Give’ March 31, 2015

"...Robert's birthday celebration made me think about the relationship between what we "receive and give" in life -- one of the defining qualities of our character...But as I thought about Robert's birthday celebration, it struck me there may be a deeper way to interact with others and with life. Perhaps it is "to receive in order to give"..."

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The Wisdom Daily: Is Focusing on Martyrdom Really the Way To Go? March 30, 2015

"...As much respect as I have for the Holy Father...I can't quiet the discomfort with choosing to celebrate martyrdom in a world with so many people celebrating death in the name of God...."

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Brad Hirschfield on Faith on the Record - Germanwings Flight 9525: Where Was God? March 26, 2015

As more details emerge as to the causes of the plane crash on Tuesday, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield considers how those who lost loved ones may find meaning in the tragedy. Within all the questions they may be asking themselves, one may be 'Where Was God'?

Judaism as a Path of Human Flourishing: Rabbi Kula in Washington, March 27 and 28 March 26, 2015

Rabbi Irwin Kula serves as scholar in Residence at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation in Mercer Island, WA on March 27 and 28th. The congregation’s theme for the weekend is “Re-Imagining American Jewish Life,” and topics include “What is Shabbat’s Job?” and “Beyond the Tribe: Judaism as a Path of Human Flourishing.”

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From Clal 03/26/15

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap March 26, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. First, U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Are the charges appropriate? Was his return politically motivated? Second, will Kerry be able to close an agreement with Iran? Third, is Mayor de Blasio overreacting and turning NYC preschool into a "Nanny State?"? And many more issues of the day. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.

What's a Three-Word Phrase That Celebrates Freedom? March 26, 2015

How about this:

At your service

Service to others marks our celebration of freedom from almost the moment the Seder begins...Customs, traditions, etiquette — they all send messages.

The custom that at the Seder each person's cup is filled for them by another guest sends a powerful message indeed.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Closing the Gap March 26, 2015

"...Soon we’ll sit around our tables turning toward one another as we re-tell our sacred story by way of questions and answers exchanged between the generations of our families and community. The mitzvah of the Seder is to teach and learn from all who are present at our tables, all the archetypes and all the paths of Torah we represent. We contribute our divergent perspectives so that we can collectively envision the biblical redemption as relevant to us, here and now..."

The Wisdom Daily: Your Bracket Is About More Than Basketball March 26, 2015

"...Over the past few days, I've done an informal poll on how people fill out their brackets. The responses, of course, reflect profoundly different worldviews..."

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