Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, along with Shoshana Jedwab and Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, perform in a Summer Kirtan Koncert on June 27 from 8:00 - 10:00pm at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York.
For more information about the concert, click here.
"...We Jews often struggle with faith and with belief. So maybe we need to move away from questions of belief, and move towards experiences of awe. After all, Judaism is a religion that is much more about what we do and how we act than about what we believe, and science is suggesting that feelings of awe lead us to acts of loving kindness..."
"...I'm thrilled by the possibility that an infamous "party drug" could emerge as a useful therapy. That possibility reminds us that the line between therapeutic and abusive drug use is often more porous than many will admit. Why is that so important? While I don't advocate a "whatever one wants, whenever they want it" use of chemicals, I often witness puritanical fears getting in the way of easing patients' pain and helping them to function better..."
Through four modular lesson plans, students in grades 5-7 learn about Jewish workers, employers, and labor activism in the early 20th century. Developed in partnership with ConverJent, the Jewish Time Jump: New York lesson plans and activities include traditional Jewish texts, stories about contemporary labor issues, and a guide for parents.
"...The nature of this acceptance of Torah speaks to my experience of the institution of marriage. I never felt the weight of the change in my legal status in entering into it as I have in leaving it; it’s been in the dissolution of the relationship have I’ve really understood its weight. Maybe it’s the same with Torah: It’s easy to accept but hard to keep. And the comparison could go even further: Even if the Israelites had decided to understand Torah first, they most likely would have never gotten to the acceptance.
"...There are definitely times to make a change, when our heads and our hearts scream out that we're not making the most of our lives, not living with authentic connection to our most deeply held values. There are other times when we might do better to take a breath, and consider that - rather than changing what we're doing - we may be receiving an invitation to think about what we're doing in a new way.
"I could have said “Dayeinu," “it would have been enough," if the President of the United States came to visit my synagogue, as he did today, May 22. That President Obama came and visited, and I got the chance to greet him and introduce him to the congregation — Dayeinu. What I never anticipated was to have the chance to be in chavruta, in a moment of a Torah-study partnership, with the President. After we greeted him, we took the President into the Biran Beit Midrash at Adas.
While presiding over a same sex wedding this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited the powers vested in her by the U.S. Constitution, indicating how she might vote on same sex issues currently before the Court. The Rev. Franklin Graham responded by asking people to pray that Ginsburg and other justices might change their minds about same sex marriage.
Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, PhD has written a chapter in a just published book called Digital Judaism: Jewish Negotiations with Digital Media and Culture edited by Heidi A Campbell. The chapters present a broad analysis of how and why various Jewish groups negotiate with digital culture in particular ways, situating such observations within a wider discourse of how Jewish groups throughout history have utilized communication technologies to maintain their Jewish identities across time and space.
"...Curing the disease of racism is not about changing hardcore racists. It's about the vast majority - the silent majority (most of us in this country) - understanding the lived experiences of our fellow human beings and citizens. Our minds are not changed because of intellectual arguments; as important as such arguments are, they come later. We change once we identify and empathize with the pain and the humanity of the other..."