"Are you sexually satisfied? Forgive me if that is not the kind of question you expect as the opening to a post here, but given how important sex is to life, to most people's lives, and to the notion that if it matters in our lives, it matters to The Wisdom Daily, it feels totally appropriate to me. That, and it's not like I am standing in front of you demanding an answer, after all. I am simply asking if you are sexually satisfied, and happily admit that I hope the answer is yes...."
"We don't make any bones about disagreeing with one another. Possibly, we will never agree with one another about either religion or politics. But you know, I could, after all these years, probably tell you his arguments on all of these things.
"Imprints," a poem by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, appears on Bearings Online, a journal of Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies. Collegeville Institute is a place of scholarship, worship, dialogue, and community immersed in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer.
From Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical Studies
"...As we confront economic inequality in our general society, we need to examine how the Jewish community supports inequality, not among individuals, but among Jewish communities...the Rabbis Without Borders network has set up the Rabbinic Service Corps to facilitate members of the network serving smaller Jewish communities who do not have regular access to rabbinic services. It is this type of thinking that should be replicated.
"Yes, Cincinnati zoo officials shot and killed Harambe, the silver back gorilla. Yes, that decision was taken in order to protect the life of a little boy who fell into the gorilla’s enclosure. No, it seems that tranquilizing him was not an option for a variety of reasons, including how long it takes for the drugs to work and the threat that the dart would have provoked him to lash out and harm the child.
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"...I don't tend to use the words ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ when it comes to this topic. I prefer the word ‘authentic.’ And I don't think Orthodox practice is wrong—I believe it's authentic Judaism, and I believe that my Reform Jewish practice is authentic. I don't believe that if I am right, you must be wrong, and recommend Rabbi Brad Hirshfield's book You Don’t Have to be Wrong for Me to be Right...."
"I'm in the process of moving through a divorce, and that means I'm in the process of moving. This summer I'll leave the house that my partner and I shared, and move to a place of my own. Right now I'm taking the first steps toward that shift: beginning the work of winnowing and packing...."
This week U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Department of Justice will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine people at a Charleston, SC church last year. Whether you believe in the death penalty or not, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield says decisions around the death penalty should not be driven by politics, but rather "by the awareness of what it means to take another life because the life we are taking has taken yet other lives."
View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.
"It's pretty clear that Judaism doesn't like the idea of gossip. In fact, the Hebrew phrase for gossip is ‘lashon hara,’ ‘the evil tongue.’ ‘The evil tongue kills three people,’ the Talmud teaches us.