"On Wednesday morning the world woke to the tragic news of the shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C., of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. A 46-year-old neighbor who turned himself in was subsequently arrested. As of this writing, police are saying the killings may have been related to a dispute over parking spaces, although the father of one of the victims has told reporters that the shooter had harassed them before because of their Muslim faith..."
Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and Republican strategist and political consultant, Noelle Nikpour. Issues of the day include: suspension of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay...Obama asking for authorization to fight ISIS...Elizabeth Warren to run for President?
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, the founding director of Sinai and Synapses, will participate in a discussion with Professor Michael Shermer on "The Genius of Good and Evil" on Saturday night March 7, 2015 at 7pm at the 92nd St. Y in the Warburg Lounge. Tickets start at $30. They will get to the very heart of right and wrong and discuss how science and religion help us do great work in the world—and stop us from using our singular human intelligence for ill.
"...In discussing her most memorable cases - impassioned dissents that helped pave the way for prohibiting racial discrimination in voting, and banning employment discrimination based on race, religion, gender and national origin - one comment caught my attention. Ginsburg jokingly said, "Most of my dissents will be the law some day." True and unnerving this is!..."
"...Last month I accompanied an Adat Shalom service mission to Haiti; it was our third mission in four years. It was also our largest delegation ever with seven young men, ages 15 to 25, and 14 adults. During the days we worked at two venues. Having helped to build Lambi Village, in our 2011 and 2012 missions, we now broke ground for Lambi Village II. Each of these villages will house approximately 60 families that did not have homes to live in. Many have lived under tarps for years.
In the fall, Sinai and Synapses looked at questions of religion and technology. We'll be spending the winter looking at the question of "Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?" Here are some of the most fascinating articles from the last week about science and morality: whether “harmless wrongs” exist, reason as a force for morality, and why it’s dangerous to be certain of your own salvation. Share your thoughts!
Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, in this week’s guest blog post on Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education, writes about disruption and rabbinical leadership. Some are troubled with the pairing of “disruption” and “rabbis,” but every professional practice is being upended, and the rabbinate is no exception. Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, illustrates, rabbis have the power to disrupt how American Jews experience Jewish life.
"...Both sides have a legitimate claim to all of the land. The claims derive from different foundations but in the end, the same land is both Israel and Palestine. When we first wake up to this realization, it tastes like a bitter pill to swallow.
This week the United Kingdom's House of Commons approved a new fertility treatment that would incorporate DNA from three sources: a mother, a father and an egg donor. The treatment would be used in cases where children had a substantial chance of inheriting genetic diseases. But the treatment is controversial and raises issues of science and ethics. "Is the fear of our capacity to exercise remarkable power to save life and to make life going to get in the way of our doing this very sacred thing?"
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
Rabbi Geoff Mitelman discusses whether vaccinating children is a Jewish issue or not. He said..."beliefs guide our actions. And while we can privately believe whatever we’d like, when those beliefs manifest themselves in our choices, there are consequences. And what we can’t choose is what happens as a result of our decisions..."