"I walked into the living room of one of our close family friends. Sitting quietly were my friend's 89 year-old father and mother. Just a couple of hours earlier they had heard from a cardiologist in a rather sudden and impersonal way, unfortunately with no family around, the statistics on how long he had to live given his heart condition. There was a mix of sadness and fear. My friends understandably didn't know exactly what to say. Who does? ..."
" I would not have imagined that attitudes would have changed this quickly. It’s true that the Orthodox world is still lagging painfully behind. But it’s moving. And moving, I think, in really impressive ways...."
By Steve Greenberg from Moment Magazine
"All the final conversations [Rabbi Irwin Kula] had in his collection were about love. Not a single person used his or her last breathe to say, “Kill those bastards for what they have done…Be sure to get revenge…I hate them for what they did to me…Avenge my memory.” Every last word was an “I love you” of some variety. Here is what Rabbi Kula learned, “Then I recognized what the real Torah, the real wisdom…the real experience behind religion is…it is about love…and it’s no more complicated than that.
From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Christians are increasingly at threat of ethnic cleansing throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, asks "How do we talk about that real possibility without turning this war into a religious war?"
"Don’t assume that everyone walking around tethered to a device is mindlessly texting, tweeting, and chatting. For some, there is serious Jewish education going on. Jewish Time Jump: New York is a location-based, mobile game for iPhone and iPad that simulates the rich history of Jews and other immigrants to New York in the early part of the 20th century. Jewish educators from throughout the New York area participated in an in-service training on site at Washington Square Park.
"The long awaited iPhone 6 arrives Tuesday – at least it does according to every report I read and iPhone sleuth with whom I speak. Who cares? Well for starters, I do – I need a new phone – but that is not why you should care..."
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"Imagine a gathering of some 400 innovator junkies from every conceivable domain including education, medicine, music, space travel, fashion, food, gaming, homelessness, design, finance, journalism, cooking, philanthropy, photography, and yes, religion. Now imagine no ego, no selling, no obsessing about the next killer app and absolutely no cynicism. Instead, there is one fascinating, passionate, creative story-teller after another sharing their life-changing stories with one goal: to connect, inspire and transform...." Irwin Kula will be speaking at 3:00 pm Wednesday Sep. 17th and you can follow the conference on twitter at BizInnovationFactory@TheBIF and look for #BIF10.
"Images of horror, most pointedly the public beheadings of two American journalists in a matter of weeks, have ensured that the days leading up to the Season of Awe will continue to be stained with cruelty and violence. What hope can there be for a month already so tragic trailing a summer marred by war, rising Anti-Semitism globally and fatal injustice in the streets of St. Louis. And yet, this month on the Jewish calendar is Elul, not only the last month of the waning year but a special occasion in its own regard.
In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. attempts to add some new spice to the High Holidays. It is intended for anyone who wishes that there were more prayers reflecting contemporary values, while at the same time remaining true to traditional cadences.
"I just returned from a week in Israel. And yeah, that means that I was there during the war with Hamas. In fact, the morning that we landed was the day that Hamas leadership pledged to resume rocket attacks on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. I wasn't traveling alone either. I was traveling with two of my daughters, one aged 13 and the other 18, who I was "dropping off" for a year of study at a Jerusalem seminary.So, am I some kind of crazy person who blithely wanders into war zones?