Brad Hirschfield: What About Helping Nepal? May 1, 2015

As stories of violence in Baltimore and SCOTUS on Same-Sex Marriage dominate the media, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speculates about the quick disappearance of the earthquake in Nepal, where more than 5,000 people are dead, from the news and consciousness of Americans. Part of the problem, says Hirschfield, is that the Nepalese government does not know how to respond, so aid isn't arriving where it is needed. But some are taking an entrepreneurial approach, like the Israeli government has done, making a difference by showing up and doing the search, rescue and care work. For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

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The Wisdom Daily: Words of Hope and Action, Inspired by Baltimore – and Amy Grant May 1, 2015

"...And since I try to practice what I preach, I want to offer my own prayer for Baltimore. In putting thought into this, I saw the Christian singer Amy Grant's recent op-ed, which shaped my thinking. Grant shares the transforming power of the following simple prayer:
"Lord, lead me to the ones I need. And to the ones who need me." ...

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The Wisdom Daily: From Standing By to Understanding: Black Lives Matter April 30, 2015

"...I have been in and out of sleep all night. I wake automatically reaching for the remote to see if it has gotten any worse. I hold my blanket up so that only my eyes can see, pretending somehow that if I cover enough of myself, only parts of the news will infiltrate my soul. It's too late, though. All of me is infected. All of us are infected. Baseball, the telltale sign of hope springing eternal, played in a silent Camden Yards - fans locked out for fear of violence..."

The Wisdom Daily: Celebrate Ideas that Break the Mold April 30, 2015

"...there I was last Friday morning on stage, about to smash a glass in front of hundreds of people. But this was no wedding. It was part of an opening ceremony at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, which are sort of like MTV's VMAs, but with a red hammer instead of a moon man. ..."

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Janet R. Kirchheimer on BE•HOLD and Holocaust Poetry in Tweetspeak April 29, 2015

"I believe poetry picked me. It wasn’t my decision. I [subsequently] met filmmaker Richard Kroehling at a conference, and we discussed our mutual love of poetry. I gave him a copy of my book, “How to Spot One of Us.” Two weeks later, we talked about making a film exploring Holocaust poetry. We’re now making BE•HOLD...."

The Wisdom Daily: Mount Everest: Just Because We Can Doesn’t Mean We Should April 28, 2015

"...In thinking about Mount Everest, there's a lesson for all of us in the events there. And while it's not meant to detract from the mourning process, it demands attention whether we are adventure-seekers or not. It's about seriously integrating this wisdom teaching: Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should do it..."

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The Wisdom Daily: College Admissions Heartbreak: A Bounce-Back Guide April 27, 2015

"...How we deal with disappointment ultimately says much more about who we are than whether we are accepted into that first-choice college. Our future is not determined, and our worth is not established, by which schools say Yes to us and which say No. The most exclusive schools have no monopoly on entrepreneurial success, innovative spirit, corner offices, political office, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants..."

Brad Hirschfield on the Violent Reaction to Women of the Wall April 24, 2015

Religious freedom is in the news again, as Israelis rebel against rules about where and how women can pray. This week, some praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem reacted violently when members of the Women of the Wall advocacy group defied traditional (gender-based) restrictions on public expressions of faith. An angry riot reportedly ensued among the ultra-Orthodox witnesses, and Rabbi Hirschfield thought about this: "Why would people behave that way? What was going on? Where does love of your fellow Jew, also a tradition, factor into their thinking?" For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

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Brad Hirschfield on Detentions in Egypt, Climate Change PR and NYC Decriminalization Strategy April 23, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and Tom Borelli, Senior Fellow for FreedomWorks. First, the United States is concerned about political arrests and detentions in Egypt of the head of the Muslim brotherhood. Is this selective moral outrage? Second, Obama is concerned about the adverse health effects of climate change. Is this a new PR strategy? Third, New York City wants to decriminalize certain crimes.

Tastes of Eternity with the Kirtan Rabbi at Celebrate the Week of Netzach in LA April 22, 2015

Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, offers three sessions at the Jewish Wisdom and Wellness Festival of Learning from April 29 to May 1, 2015.

Wednesday, April 29 - The Mysterious Healing Power of the Mourners’ Kaddish: Heart, Song and Word. Go deep into the power of the Mourner's Kaddish through meditation, chanting and text study. More information and a video may be found at Jewish Wisdom and Wellness....

Thursday, April 30 - Tai Chi Prayer: Techiyat ha-Meitim and the Tailbone. Get your Chi/ruach on! In this Jewish tai chi class, learn how proper attention to the tailbone and spine is crucial to health, longevity and energy. Information and a video may found may be found at Jewish Wisdom and Wellness....

Friday, May 1 - Kabbalat Shabbat Healing Service. The Kirtan Rabbi joins with Rabbi Neil Commess-Daniels and Cantor Diane Rose for a restorative and balancing service based in music, chant, dance and meditation. Information and a video may be found at Jewish Wisdom and Wellness....

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