"...‘Bowl Hashanah’ will be a only-in-Brooklyn type of Rosh Hashanah morning service. Led by inventive Brooklyn Rabbi Dan Ain, it will feature music by blues-rock musician Jeremiah Lockwood (singer of the group The Sway Machinery) and include a meditation session led by ‘mindfulness expert’ Miriam Eisenberger.
This week, two stories about religion in the workplace made news. First, Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses citing her religious beliefs, was released from jail amid cameras and supporters like Mike Huckabee. And Charee Stanley, a flight attendant with Express Jet, was suspended from her job for one year for not serving alcohol to passengers, an accommodation to her Muslim faith that the airline had previously agreed to. "If you intuitively stand with one", as Brad Hirschfield says, "why don't you stand with the other just as much since each is looking for accommodation to her religious needs?"
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"Our old gods are dying, and our new ones are yet to be born, so we best be careful asking people about what they believe about God. It isn't simply that the familiar, conventional (theistic, old-man-in-the-sky, all-powerful, all-knowing god who created the universe, who loves us, judges us, responds to our prayer and guarantees an afterlife) is irrelevant to increasing numbers of people. It's that this God is actually far more disquieting...."
"...Indeed, with three little Hebrew words that lie at the center of the High Holiday liturgy, we can unlock our best selves, and Rosh HaShanah itself, as we create the lives, the communities and the world we yearn for in the year ahead. The three words? Malkhuyot, Zikhronot and Shofarot. Words of greatness and sovereignty, companionship and memory, and the joyful blasts of the shofar...."
We are excited to bring you this news about Sh'ma in light of Clal's long association with Sh'ma. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg was among the original members of editorial board along with Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, and Clal owned and published Sh'ma in the 1990's.
"...I take very seriously my commitment to leading an observant life within a modern, secularized world. I like dichotomy, nuance, and shades of grey. Part of why I relish identifying with the Conservative Movement is because I am constantly challenged to figure out how to apply tradition to the modern world in which we live. It is also why I am so drawn to Rabbis Without Borders.
"...The Divine way of ‘getting back at’ someone is to offer compassion. If you want to be more spiritual, a better channel for divine qualities, you know what to do. Whenever you feel the impulse to take revenge, express the impulse through an act of compassion...."
"...Let's bring ‘beginners' mind’ to the issue of guns in this country. Whatever your ideological reflexes on guns, imagine approaching this issue without any assumptions and preconceptions, without knowing anything at all. If you had no political leanings, and simply read the following ten facts, what would you think about guns and our country? Take note: Which facts surprise you? Would any new ideas arise about what we might do?..."
"...Whatever is getting in the way of writing poems, that's precisely what I need to be bringing into my poetry. Is something in my life keeping me too busy to write poems? Or is something in my life distracting me from the inner work required to write poems with heart? Whatever that is, it's the thing I should be writing about and writing through. Whatever is getting in the way of my creative life doesn't have to be an obstacle. Seen from a different vantage, it's a doorway in.
Unique Initiative matches rabbis of all denominations with underserved Jewish Communities across the United States
Clal's Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) is a network of over 150 rabbis representing all the denominations in Judaism who are united in their values of pluralism, innovation and service to all. In line with their commitment to serve anyone anywhere, RWB is launching this High Holiday season the newly formed RWB Service Corps.