"Given the controversy surrounding Theater J’s production of Motti Lerner’s play “The Admission” at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, I expected to see a full-scale indictment of Israel’s conduct during its 1948 war of independence. Instead I encountered a play that probed the complexity of war, politics, memory, ethnic identity, love and survival with astounding sensitivity and nuance...."
"Baseball season opens this week. Yes, hope springs eternal. We made it through winter even if winter wants to hang on a few more days. It is the start of new careers for players and the opportunity for new beginnings for players who had a bad season last year. What makes baseball so much fun is you never know how the arduous 162 game regular-season and three-tier playoff series system (that can extend the season by up to 19 more games for teams that reach the World Series) will play out. Underdogs will arise, favorites will disappoint, expectations will be unfulfilled and the unexpected will surprise..."
"This remarkable film tells the true story of how, in the darkest days of WWII, Jewish prisoners fought back against the Nazis by singing, dancing and laughing...As Rabbi Irwin Kula writes in the introduction to the companion book to the film, "We divide the world between victims who went passively to their deaths and those who courageously fought and killed the enemy.
"Both religion and science often tend to present themselves as “knowing everything.” Yet in both realms, there is an enormous amount we don’t know, and we tend not to appreciate the value of doubt, uncertainty, ignorance and failure. Indeed, knowledge and uncertainty, and belief and doubt, are often two sides of the same coin, and it’s the dynamic relationship between the two that drives us forward.
Calling all Rabbinical Students! Do you want to develop and communicate a Judaism that can compete in a globalized, networked world in which identities and communal boundaries are increasingly permeable? By participating in the RWB Student Fellowship, you will learn how to use Jewish wisdom to speak to contemporary American issues, how to use language that is open and inclusive to reach a larger audience, and how to use Jewish wisdom to add meaning to people's lives.
"Imagine how you would feel if years of curiosity, perseverance, creativity, love of learning, and faith were rewarded with confirmation of everything you believed! Well, last week, a team of scientists announced that the BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole detected gravitational waves that could be traced to a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, providing evidence to a theory about the universe's expansion called Inflation. Stay with me now, as I am a lot like you...."
"The most Jewish thing about him is his victims. “Jews were disproportionately affected by Madoff’s crimes,” says Rabbi Hirschfield, “as all so-called Ponzi schemes play on ethnic, cultural or religious ties. It’s also why Jews disproportionally profited from him before the whole thing came apart. Each side focuses on the half of the story that they want to, but both are true...."
We’re not exactly living in the most generous of times...Enter Tiffany Shlain and the Moxie Institute, who designated March 20, 2013 as #Character Day and gave away the latest edition of their Let It Ripple films: The Science of Character, “which focuses on the neuroscience and social science of how ones “character” develops.” It’s scientific research disguised as a public love letter to our best selves, a gem of a teaching tool, and another milestone work of art from Shlain and the cloud filmmaking lab at Mox
You are invited to participate in a provocative web chat on Disrupting Organizational Culture that will take place on Thursday, March 27th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST, hosted by the Front End of Innovation and moderated by Julie Anixter, the Executive Editor of Innovation Excellence, in conversation with Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula.
As a classically-trained pianist and schooled in jazz saxophone, Rabbi Neil Blumofe's talents are more than meets the eye. Being in the "Live Music Capital of the World," he inspires Congregation Agudas Achim as well as the Austin community at large through KUT's live music series Views and Brews. Rabbi Blumofe speaks about the power of what Jazz is — it is the stuff of conversation and it has continued to articulate who we are as people, even if we don’t regularly listen to it. “And I think the same about religion.