"...service to others marks our celebration of freedom from almost the moment the seder begins, where we fill the cups of others and rely on them to do so for us. Customs, traditions, etiquette — they all send messages. The custom that at the seder each person’s cup is filled for them by another guest sends a powerful message indeed: Serving others, not self-service, is actually the highest expression of freedom..."
"My teacher, Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of CLAL, asked a group of Rabbis Without Borders fellows recently: Do people see us as necessary – conduits, guides, connectors for them in their Jewish life? Do people come to rabbis and ask deep questions they are struggling with? Do they seek us in times of need and celebration?
Irwin Kula will be appearing as a panelist in the “Women and Social Innovation: Disrupting Global Entrepreneurship” discussion at the Power of Collaboration Global Summit at the United Nations on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Mazal Tov to Rabbis Without Borders Fellows Elyssa Auster, Shefa Gold, Amy Wallk Katz, Michael Knopf, Carnie Rose, and Kaya Stern Kaufman who have been selected to appear in The Forward's Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2015!
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From an article by Anne Cohen and Maia Efrem from The Forward
"...How many readers would be surprised to know that proud, passionately evangelical Cruz talks about faith in ways that make him sound not unlike many millennials (and others) who make up America's fastest growing demographic on the religious landscape, the "nones"? He does: As Cruz remarked on the Christian Broadcasting Network: "At the end of the day, faith is not organized religion; it's not going to a church. It is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior." ..."
"...Obviously, it's very easy to critique this as "instant salvation," or the dilution of religion. But I wonder. The idea behind drive-thru prayer is to offer spiritual support to members of the community who are not attached to a traditional faith congregation. This kind of service is designed for people who, for a wide variety of reasons, may be reluctant to walk into an official religious space..."
In an atmosphere of heightened racial tensions, particularly between police and young African American men, Martese Johnson was arrested this week for underage drinking. The force used by police during his arrest, which left him bloodied and in need of stitches, has shocked many and led to renewed cries of racial prejudice by police.
"If a picture is worth a thousand words, a life counts for a million or more. Last week I attended a memorial service for Reverend John Steinbruck who died on March 1st at the age of 85...It is breathtaking to realize the power of one person’s ministry to change the life of so many—from homeless people who got a new lease on life because they were nurtured by the institutions created by John Steinbruck to middle-class people of faith who came to realize that religion can and should be about much more than worship and ritual..."
"When does time begin? What does time measure? What came before the beginning? Such mind-bending questions evoke timeless truths especially relevant at this very moment in the Jewish year.
Brad Hirschfield discusses the SAE scandal at University of Oklahoma. Was the expelled student's constitutional right of free speech violated in this procedurally necessary but culturally grotesque move? Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.