"For people who care deeply about the State of Israel, the future of the Jewish people or about the prospects for peace in the world, the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin provided much to think about.
"...maybe it was a good thing I was away from my congregation this past Shabbat because I couldn’t bring myself to utter prayers of peace. The extent of the death and violence was too raw and immediate. Rather, my first prayers were for comfort and grief for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones, and the people of Paris and France who must now deal with the violation of their safely and security.
And I also pray for acceptance.
"On Saturday night, my husband and I went to a local pub to listen to music. Then we came home and went to sleep. This would not be worth noting except amid the background of the attacks on Paris, it feels noteworthy...."
By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"As the month of Kislev has begun our thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah. If there was ever a holiday made for Hollywood it’s Hanukkah. The few against the many, the weak overcoming the strong and the fight for religious freedom resonate with so many of us on all different levels. And like so many other Hollywood stories, the tale told does not even come close to the truth!..."
"Thanksgiving is coming, and Hanukkah is just around the corner. The holidays always remind me of both the rapid pace of change in our own lives – and the historical changes in how we observe certain times of the year...."
By Rabbi Laura Baum, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
This week, the internet controversy about the Starbucks red cup. What's behind the large number of Americans who discuss, every year it seems, how much or how little celebration of this one holiday is seen publicly? "Is there even a 'war' on Christmas? If there is, what does it mean?" "
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
On Friday, Nov. 13th, from 7-9:00 pm at the Manhattan JCC, join Rabbi Irwin Kula. Using the lenses of Innovation Theory and Positive Psychology, Rabbi Irwin Kula will facilitate a conversation about how we can become more active in designing Jewish practices that are more accessible, usable, and actually good enough to help us flourish. For more and to attend...
"These are not rude people. The people gathered around the table are my treasured colleagues. I hired most of them. I was and am drawn to their compassion, empathy, generosity, wisdom and love of people. They are teachers, counselors, experts, thinkers, pastors and caregivers. Yet, I sit at the table offended and become increasingly frustrated with them. I am unsettled. We sit at our weekly staff meeting and they will not get off of their devices. They and I, I will admit, are addicted...."
Steve Malzberg speaks with Brad Hirschfield and Adam Thompson, Criminal Defense Attorney, about Marco Rubio’s response to Hilary Clinton’s resume, Ben Carson’s stance on the press, the University of Missouri-Columbia’s response to the poop swastika, and Yale’s Halloween costume controversy."
"...what if synagogues flipped the equation? What if they viewed Judaism as a tool for human flourishing, as my teacher, Rabbi Irwin Kula, puts it? As a means, rather than an end to itself? What if synagogues mission shifted from getting people to be more Jewish to helping them personally thrive and build a better world, with Jewish life and community becoming the method we employed to fulfill that purpose?