"Forbes released its list of the world's most powerful people this morning, and like all such lists, it means more than most people assume. More, because any time any of us makes lists – be it Santa Claus (it is December after all), Forbes or ‘just’ you and I, we articulate our assumptions and priorities about whatever is being listed – assumptions and priorities which we often overlook. I guess that's the definition of assumptions, huh?..."
"In 1967 the Buffalo Springfield issued an anti-Vietnam War song called ‘For What It's Worth’ that began with, ‘There's something happening here. What it is, ain't exactly clear.’ The lyric expresses what I was observing in the Jewish communal landscape over the last decade that inspired me to write Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013).
"It seems that most of us believe that how we get the results we want matters just as much as getting those results. Maybe more. In other words, I’d rather make a lot less money legally than steal a lot of it. I’d be okay with not getting people to listen to me even if I knew they would if I lied to them. I’d rather my kids misbehave than beat them. I find it fascinating, then, that so many of us do not apply this same logic on a larger level. In our communities, in our politics...."
"There is something in our collective Jewish psychology that is preventing the healing of past wounds. As a nation we have been traumatized. Almost 2,000 years of anti- Judaism and anti-Semitism have left their mark on us. Our wounds are still raw and painful. We say at the Passover seder that “in every generation they come to destroy us”, and we yet cannot find it in ourselves to accept that today this is not necessarily always the case...."
"I wrote an essay about Trump, saying, essentially, that I hated his personality and philosophy but wasn't terrified of his time in office, and didn't think he'd turn out to be nearly as bad as Hitler. Since I wrote it for Hevria, a Jewish publication, it had a Jewish slant, focusing on anti-Semitism and related issues.
"We're human beings, not human doings, goes the saying that changed my life. A saying we can't attribute to anyone in particular because every wise person says it, hears it, knows its importance and passes it on to others. And in our age of guru worship, how common is it to always look for the person who said something, rather than focusing on how to integrate it into our lives?..."
"That year a group of white supremacists moved into town. It was part of a larger broader movement to make the region one that was ‘safe’ from gays, blacks, Jews, and all the other groups that did not fit into the narrow bigoted vision these racists were trying to make a reality. Not content to simply think these ideas, the white supremacists began covering Native American and African American gathering places and churches with vitriolic graffiti.
"...If I can start a business, then anyone can. I literally was a girl waking up from a coma trying to find her place in a big world. I didn’t know where to start. So I just started somewhere – anywhere.
Join Rabbi Dan of Because Jewish for an exciting evening on Friday, December 9. Korban Shabbat is a loose, free-form, Friday Night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling. Adapting, adopting and appropriating styles from multiple communities and perspectives, no two Korban events are the same.
Two poems, Demure Origins and Fury: In Praise of Stone, collaboratively written by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer and Jaclyn Piudik, Ph.D., a writing instructor at the University of Toronto, appear in Young Ravens Literary Review. The poems are from their series on creation.
To read the poems....
From Young Ravens Literary Review