...."A recent article in the Forward gave five reasons why Kaine would be the “Jewiest Vice Presidential Pick for Hillary Clinton.” The list includes bringing Sabra hummus to Virginia and his support of Israel. Though there is another reason, alluded to in the article, why Kaine’s views should be welcome to Jews that have nothing to do with Israel: Kaine’s personal and political biography indicates a support for religious liberty that the Jewish community should welcome....."
"What can I say of Elie Wiesel that has not already been said? And all of it is true. That he — peerlessly — got the world to pay attention and to grasp the enormity of the Holocaust, as well as the central importance of coming to grips with it for the sake of the future.
"...Clinton will continue to make use of relationship-building as a coalition-building and acceptance-garnering technique—and I have no doubt that, despite this, her leadership style will continue to be misunderstood. Perhaps—until one day, maybe it isn’t. This too is a chronic problem. “I lead a highly selective fellowship programs for rabbis called Rabbis Without Borders,” said Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu.
...."I get impatient sometimes, not just on the national level, but on the level of my synagogue community. There too, it’s hard to get anything done quickly. Nearly everyone involved is a volunteer, valiantly working to fit in synagogue tasks around full-time jobs, family, and other other obligations. Many decisions must be discussed and approved by the board of trustees, which meets monthly. I’m not the only one who sometimes—often, even—wish we could move forward more quickly.
"Everyone knows that getting a good night’s sleep is key to living a healthy, balanced life. But what about getting a good night’s dream? Dreams are survival skills. They give us something to hope for, something to strive for, and something to wake up with, to keep in our heads and hold in our hearts. If we choose to see dreams as the proactive forces that guide us to our true aliveness, dreams become a powerful tool. Here are five ways that dreams make us feel the most awake...."
...."If the task of the teacher is to teach from what is known, it follows that anyone who does not heed this admonition is in real trouble. Lack of preparation or background only insures chaos in the classroom. Why then, do we constantly place educators in positions where they are forced to teach subjects outside of their toolbox? Why do we try to coerce them to teach topics they never prepared for?
"The sounds bring me back to my childhood. Having grown up in the 80s, Super Mario Brothers and Nintendo were big parts of my life. But I don’t just love this video because of the adrenaline rush I feel as I see and hear Mario gathering coins and other special items and bouncing around on the screen as he rushes to the flagpole and ultimately to his goal of saving Princess Toadstool. I love this particular video because of its message: we need to include people with diverse physical needs...."
"...The decision to end a marriage may happen in a definitive manner. Two people reach an agreement to end things; it's over; there's no going back. But experiencing that ending...? That's ongoing. I can tell you when we reached the beginning of the end, but I don't know when we will reach ‘the end.’ Even once the divorce is finalized, the emotional journey of disentangling two lives continues...."
"Do Jews view science differently than other religious people do? What topics are most pressing or interesting in the Jewish community? And have Jews bifurcated their sense of identity when it comes to Judaism and science?
These questions launched a new initiative run by my organization, Sinai and Synapses, called ‘Scientists in Synagogues....’"
"In my second year of rabbinic school, I was asked to officiate at the funeral of a friend's dog. I am embarrassed to admit that I thought of the request as a bit foolish. I hadn't officiated at a human being's funeral yet and my first funeral was to be one of a dog? I wasn't sure what Jewish law said on the matter. I wondered if I was acting in a sacrilegious manner...."