"...when it comes to human suffering, two things are always true. First, when the suffering happens to those close to you, there is uniqueness to it, because you have a unique relationship to those affected. Second, the more people feel connected to a tragedy, the more likely they are to remember and fight to keep it from happening again...."
"...I want to know why Osteen wasn’t asked if he is concerned about describing gay people as sinners, given the violence which such language can inspire.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks with Aaron Imholte about Holocaust remembrance.
This month Rabbi Irwin Kula was invited back to Big Picture Learning to give the keynote address at its annual Principal’s Conference (the only keynoter ever invited back!). Big Picture offers a unique approach to transforming education. Its mission is to lead vital changes in the educational system, both here and abroad, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community.
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"...Osteen holds to an unpopular position while freely admitting that he doesn’t necessarily have the whole picture. If all conversations around gayness, especially when related to religion, held to that approach, every conversation around this typically divisive issue would be safer, wiser and more productive..." More...
From Brad Hirschfield’s Blog on The Huffington Post
Irwin Kula uncovers why our inherited legacies and attitudes about sex inhibit our abilities to have meaningful sexual experiences. Kula introduces his steps to enjoying conscious and sacred sex.
"[Steve] Case observes...[people feel that] they should always be where the ‘real’ action is. That is actually tragic. Imagine going through life feeling that the important things are always happening, by definition, where you are not. I think that is how many people feel about being Jewish...."
"I long for stones to put under my head,
to dream of a ladder that reaches
into the sky, where angels go up and down,
to know that God was in this place,..."
From JWorld Cafe, the Poetica Magazine Blog, 1/16/11
"The word hospital generally denotes a place where medical science, not theology, reigns — at least in this country. Until now people have been able to assume that their health, as defined by them, their doctors, medical science and civil law were the governing issues in any decision-making process. The introduction of religious doctrine into that process was at the patient’s will, not the hospitals’...."