On Thursday, March 10 at Central Synagogue in Manhattan,join Sinai and Synapses for an exciting exploration of the intersection of science and religion through the lens of one of the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein.
"...In Jewish tradition...there is an idea that learning is its own reward. We don't need to gain something extra when we study; the studying itself is the point. And that shift can help understand both religion and science in a different way - not as competing truths, but as sources of beauty...."
"Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership has named Rabbi Elan Babchuck to the new role of Director of Innovation, beginning in July of 2016. Rabbi Babchuck brings a wealth of experience in the intersection between innovation and spirituality, including entrepreneurial roles beginning at age 18 and continuing since.
"...Relativity teaches that space-time expands and contracts, shifts and moves. It says that everything affects everything. It's difficult to comprehend, but it seems that God's paintbrush paints in waves and pulses. It spreads out in webs of massive, intricate relationships that are varied in how we experience yet universal in their inclusivity. The quantum world we live in is not linear at all, but instead includes the spontaneity of randomness, uncertainty, and unpredictability.
"...it would be worthwhile for us to acknowledge, that when a candidate for president of the United States, criticizes the Pope in such a blatant public manner, we must recognize that the cultural value of our religious figures and their perspectives has sunk to an all-time-low...."
After the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reflects on the close friendship of Scalia and his fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They sat at different ends of the ideological spectrum, but their friendship shows how important it is to able to "see the rich potential in at least some things about which we may never agree, but can surely learn." View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
Excerpted below is an article by Clal consultant and rabbinical student Ayalon Eliach.
"For years, the biggest Jewish American institutions have obsessed over Jewish demographics, drawing on the tragic loss of life in the Holocaust to encourage more Jews to identify as Jewish and affiliate with Jewish communities. Unfortunately, this focus on demographics fails to effectively engage young Americans....
"...Imagine yourself in the last stretch of a marathon. Your entire body is aching and crying out desperately for oxygen. Your legs become rubbery. The end is within sight, but your spirit is wavering. No, you can't do it, you will never make it – this negative voice gets louder and louder. You are on the verge of total collapse. At this crucial moment, what keeps you going? What sustains you when all the opposing forces seem overwhelming?..."
"...Multitasking drops the IQs of full-grown men to the range of 8-year-old kids. So should I be surprised that I forgot the salmon? I’m lucky I even made it out of there in one piece!..."
"...the fact that Sanders' Jewishness has not been a major factor in the campaign thus far is also telling. It says something about where we are as Jews in this cultural and historical moment in time: concerned with issues of Jewish continuity, mindful of the continued presence of anti-Semitism, and yet comfortable enough to have a Jewish candidate for President of the United States without it becoming a major issue...."