"...All three young Americans were remarkably modest and unassuming in their description of the events, as so many heroes often are. But I felt the words of 23-year-old Anthony Sadler (perhaps because he's ‘just’ a college student from California and not active military, like his buddies) really hit home: ‘Hiding or sitting back is not going to accomplish anything... Don't just stand by and do nothing.
Steve Malzberg speaks with Brad Hirschfield and Adam Thompson, Criminal Defense Attorney, about Donald Trump’s proposal to bar undocumented women from giving birth to children in the U.S. by revoking citizenship to those born in the U.S. How can we craft an immigration policy that makes sense, taking into account the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution? They also discuss Hillary Clinton and the email scandal in the news of the day.
"...There is so much to speak about – pressing issues. And, this is the only time we will have such a large sanctuary; filled to overflowing. Where do the themes of the High Holy Days fit in?..."
By Rabbi Steve Bayar, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
Amazon has become an essential part of life to many Americans. And when a recent New York Times article shone a light on the corporate culture of the company, the outcry was immediate and loud. It's important that we consumers acknowledge our role in the Amazon phenomenon, say Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, and also suggests three ways to cope with stressful work environments.
"...Oliver Sacks may still feel ambivalent about God and about Judaism, but Shabbat clearly adds a sense of wholeness to his life. And while many scientists are wary of religion, because God is not a provable or testable hypothesis, that’s the wrong way to approach the question. If we are looking for a hypothesis to test, perhaps we should ask, ‘Can this practice enhance my life?’ That’s the true test of what religion can do."
"...If anything is clear about the 21st century, it's that change happens faster than it used to. Reinvention isn't something to be done only as a last resort. It's something we need to do all the time in order to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. We have to make personal reinvention safer and easier to manage. Reinvention has become an important life skill...."
"...Former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, and long-time communal leader Alan Solow, a friend, counselor and board member of Clal, publisher of The Wisdom Daily, wrote an opinion piece for JTA, which is worth the few short minutes it will take you to read. It will actually make you smarter and more self-aware about whatever position you take on the Iran deal (which currently awaits congressional approval) - and all in less than 1,000 words.
"...Ferguson has become a metaphor for the racial divide in America. Unlike the extraordinary response of forgiveness and healing rooted in the deeply religious community of Charleston, S.C., that resulted in the removal of the Confederate flag, the anger in Ferguson over Michael Brown's death is still boiling over in senseless violence nearly one year later...."
"...After 100 years, it is time for the governor of Georgia and the elected officials of our State Legislature to acknowledge Leo Frank’s innocence. In his eloquent demand for full exoneration, Rabbi Lebow reminds us, ‘Justice is the debt that the present owes the future....’"
"...My granddaughter and I sit down to make something out of clay, and I strike up a conversation with a young mother. She tells me the name of the settlement where she lives. I think to myself – Wow, we’ve done a good job! Who would have expected that a family from there, a community considered to be a hotbed of Jewish religious extremism, is here at our camp, building bridges of understanding and friendship between Palestinian and Israelis..."