I had "a number of thoughts and observations I wanted to share.
"Today mourning and celebration commingle.
Jubilation and heartache are juxtaposed
In neighborhoods where lawns proclaimed
Support for different candidates, on Facebook walls
And Twitter streams where clashing viewpoints meet.
Grant us awareness of each others’ hopes and fears
Even across the great divides of red state and blue state,
Urban and rural. Open us to each others’ needs.
Purify our hearts so that those who rejoice do not gloat
The election has not been called, but it is what in Talmudic language is called a davar she ba l'olam, something that has already happened even if the results have not been revealed. No matter who wins the country is fundamentally different than many thought, whether they feared or hoped to see these results. The voters for Trump are not monolithic and they include friends of mine whose character is in my opinion vastly more worthy than the candidate for whom they voted.
For the first time since 1908 the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily and life-long Cubs fan, the 2016 World Series has some lessons to help all of us to move forward from the election, no matter who you vote for and who wins.
Thursday, November 17th at Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, at 7:00 pm, see An Interfaith Discussion with Craig Hatkoff, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, CLAL and Sam Sawyer, S.J., Associate Editor, America.The Galileo Case is one of the most controversial and misunderstood chapters in the annals of the Catholic Church, its echoes resounding through the centuries, down to our present day.
Join us for an evening of Galileo "deconstructed," as a distinguished panel of experts questions longstanding narratives and re-examine the ongoing debate between science and religion, viewed through a completely different lens. The performance is held at the Black Box Theater — 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield and Tom Borelli, PhD, Contributor, Conservative Review join Bill Tucker, sitting in for Steve Malzberg, to discuss how the right and left along with the FBI itself respond to FBI Director James Comey’s statements. What significance is there to the timing of said statements, and the opinions provided.
"...if I truly believe that we need more civility, kindness and productive discussion in this country, I need to change my tone. I need to ask with genuine curiosity — ‘Hmm. Lots of people are supporting Trump. While I strongly disagree with them, they must have their reasons. So why do so many people support him?’..."
"Last year, our own dynamic [Canadian] federal election deposed the Conservative party and installed the Liberal party. We did not threaten violence, peer into candidates’ marriages, or watch insult-slinging on TV. And we are really relieved. Grateful, too, to one another and to a Higher Power. So, obsessively, we say, “Look at what’s happening in the U.S. – it didn’t happen to us!” At least, that’s the most compassionate spin – inspired by Rabbi Harold Kushner – that I can put on schadenfreude...."
"...My inability to learn about distant relatives has gotten me thinking about the legacy many of us hope to leave. Every so often a Michelangelo or an Albert Einstein comes along and does leave a lasting mark on history. But, as troubling as it is, my own genealogical research suggests that within a few generations of our passing, the odds are, just like Barney Wolff, the work we do during our lifetime will eventually be forgotten...."
"...I freely admit my publicity efforts were at the bottom of finding a renter for my house. Yet, I contend that getting a call immediately after signing a lease on a house, precisely at the moment I was sitting in front of that house, constitutes a miracle...."