"...People will not remain Jewish just because their parents were Jewish. We have to understand how Judaism works in people’s lives, and then articulate clearly, proudly, how it can work in everyone’s life. The time has come to ask different questions in these surveys. The language and research methods used in positive psychology are a good starting point for developing new questionnaires...."
Hear the audio from DISRUPTING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION THEORY Web Chat on February 13, 2014. The second in an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, it centers on The Cathedral and the Bazaar: How Next-gen Disruptive Innovation will Encourage Cathedrals (incumbents) to Learn How to Dance with the Bazaars (two guys in a garage), and Invite More Disruptions of Consequence.
Hear the audio from DISRUPTING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION THEORY Web Chat on January 30, 2014. The first in an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, it centers on Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards — Changing the Way We Think About Change Using the New Calculus of Pop Culture.
"Americans will exchange close to 20 billion dollars worth of flowers, jewelry, candy, stuffed-animals and cards this Valentine's Day as an expression of romance and love. But Valentine's Day is actually a double-edged sword. On the surface, we celebrate how committed, secure and passionately in love we are. But, the very fact of this holiday and that we feel so much pressure to be romantic and passionate reveals a deeper more challenging truth. Our love for each other is always far more unstable, unpredictable, and fragile than we are ready to admit. (For instance, four out of ten couples break up between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14.) On Valentine's Day we often hear talk about having found our soul mate. But contrary to popular culture, we don't find our soul mate - we co-create our soul mate..."
"On January 30, a federal court judge threw out the $680 million lawsuit brought against Yeshiva University by 34 former students of its high school for boys who claimed they were sexually abused in the 1970s and ’80s. The suit also pinpointed Y.U. officials, trustees, board members and faculty as responsible for a “massive cover-up” of the abuse. As expected, the judge pointed out in his 52-page opinion that the statute of limitations had expired decades ago...."
It's not just that Governor Jay Inslee of Washington suspended executions in his state this week that is important, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, it is his reason for doing so and the lessons we can learn from it.
"This week, I attended the Rabbis Without Borders alumni retreat. Apart from being a rejuvenating and prayerful few days filled with Torah and an opportunity to be constantly Amazed (in the Heschelian sense of the word) by the groundbreaking and humbling work of my colleagues, I find myself ruminating on one session in particular.Forty-plus rabbis of different denominations brainstorming what it means to be successful.
"What does it mean to be a rabbi without borders?" people ask. "Is it like Doctors Without Borders? Do you travel the world?" Not in the sense of accruing more stamps on my passport. The travel is between perspectives and viewpoints, not between nations.
" I am no kill-joy! I love watching the Olympics. I root and feel pride for my tribe (USA! USA!) all dressed in their Ralph Lauren designed outfits. I get goose bumps (with appropriate 1960's self-consciousness) when our national anthem is played at the gold medal ceremony of one of our winners.
But there is a truth about the Olympics that challenges those of us who believe in a universalism that can both include the best and transcend the worst of our particular cultural contexts and tribal loyalties. If we are honest, the Olympic spirit of universalism is maintained only because the International Olympic Committee denies there are fundamental ethical principles that apply to all and avoids making any ethical judgments..."
According to Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D, in this earliest version of Israel’s desert sojourn, the Israelites did not spend forty years in the desert but rather only a few months. A much younger Moses actually led them into the land; they didn’t have to wait for Joshua or for God. Balaam, the foreign magician hired by the Moabite king to protect him from Israel, is strong-armed by God into blessing Israel, instead of doing it voluntarily.