Let’s not pretend our differences aren’t challenging, says Rabbi Irwin Kula. Interfaith harmony really means learning how to handle the ambivalence, the anger, the messiness, the complexity, the anxiety and the turbulence that is part of what it means to be human beings together on the planet. View video here...
"...People want many things from president, and agreement on the issues is not all they want...Among those things is the sense that the president is simultaneously ‘one of us’ and also a representation of what we want to be...."
Rabbi Irwin Kula asserts that "contrary to popular culture we don’t find a soul mate; we co–create our own soul mate. Soul mate is a verb hiding out as a noun. Over the course of our relationship with someone we love, we engage in soul mating. Only at the end of our relationship, after we have helped each other seek the truth about ourselves and become the best people we can be, do we actually know we have found our soul mate.
Michael Horn and Jack Roberts interview Rabbi Irwin Kula about how Valentine’s Day is a double–edge sword. We celebrate how committed and passionately we are in love. But, the very fact we need the holiday shows a deeper more uncomfortable truth: our love for each other is always far more unstable and fragile than we are ready to admit...
"The only thing that really counts here, beyond bringing the guilty parties to justice, is preventing further deaths. That is something to which we will all can contribute as soon as we decide that it’s more important to save lives than affirm beliefs or confirm previously held assumptions...."
"The person is feeling ‘I have it good while my wife or my husband is really ill. How can I go on with life?’" (Kula) says. "What we have to do train people to begin to trust again — to trust other people; trust themselves; and they have to trust life."
On Sunday, March 6 through Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex in St. Louis, Professionals working for Jewish organizations around the country will come together for high-level training at the first JProStl conference. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will be the keynote speaker.
"Israeli Police intend to arrest settler leader, Rabbi Dov Lior, if he continues to ignore requests to interview him about his support of the controversial book, Torat HaMelekh (The King's Torah)..."
"...In reflecting on this week's [Torah] reading, Rabbi [Lord Jonathan] Sacks notes what generations of commentators have observed — the striking phrase which acknowledges that having built a sacred sanctuary for God, God will dwell not in it, but ‘among them’ — the people who built it. Buildings and other concrete manifestations may help us to find our paths to God, but they are not where God is found, at least not according to the God of Exodus...."
Aaron David Miller, Ph.D., a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, gave a special briefing to Rabbis Without Borders Fellows this morning. RWB Fellows engaged with Dr. Miller and benefited from his insights on the situation in Egypt and Tunisia as well as similarly poised regimes in the Middle East.