Thanksgivukkah -- why it's so American, so Jewish and so important November 21, 2013

"...the Hanukkah-Thanksgiving mash up offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate values that are deeply rooted in both Biblical history, and the sacred story of how the United States came to be...."

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By Brad Hirschfield from The Washington Post

The Wisdom Daily: Crisis of the Soul in America November 21, 2013

"We are coming into the holiday season and something is badly out of whack in America – beyond our ongoing economic and political crises. Take Hawaii State Representative Tom Bowers who, sledgehammer in hand, walks his district's streets and parks looking for shopping carts used by homeless people, which, he then smashes to bits.

Calendar Mash-up Is Spur To Gratitude November 19, 2013

"...Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide this year for the first time since 1888, and will apparently not do so again for thousands of years..."

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By Brad Hirschfield Special to The Jewish Week,
11/19/13

What do you want to tell our new New York City Mayor? November 18, 2013

Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City. Join New Yorkers online, in the streets, and in a new meeting place on Canal Street to help shape the transition to a new mayor. Irwin Kula along with the panelists below spoke at the Canal Street tent On Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Harnessing Disruptive Innovation Craig Hatkoff, Co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival; Co-founder, Disruptor Foundation.

Innovating Compassion November 15, 2013

Innovation Excellence, one of the most important innovation platforms nationwide, features Business Innovation Factory and The Wisdom Daily's live Google hangout conversation among Rabbi Irwin Kula, educator Angela Maiers and Neurosurgeon James Doty on the topic of Innovating Compassion.

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From Innovation Excellence,
11/14/13

Center for Jewish End of Life Care is Launched November 15, 2013

Clal’s commitment to teaching about Palliative Care spans many years. Our Embracing Life and Facing Death: A Jewish Guide to Palliative Care book is a much sought after resource in the professional community and is widely used by individuals as well. Our faculty members are continually chosen to facilitate the important conversations that lead to living better at the end of life.

The Rabbi Who Codes November 15, 2013


"Beyond bringing more Jewish people to synagogues, how can we engage and excite the next generation about the beauty and wisdom of Jewish culture and civilization?" WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi of New Tech City talks with Rabbi Owen Gottlieb while playing Jewish Time Jump the Augmented-Reality Game that teaches American and Jewish history using the G.P.S. function of a mobile phone.

The Menorah Tree: Dangerous Religious Syncretism or Amazing Religious Creativity? November 14, 2013

"...Dangerous religious syncretism, you say? Pandering to a perverse need to mimic gentile customs, perhaps? A perversion of Hanukkah's message of Jewish pride, as many will surely cry? Those are certainly possible reactions to the new-to-market "Menorah Tree", but I am not at all sure that they are the smartest or healthiest reactions...."

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on our Shrinking World and the Typhoon in the Philippines November 13, 2013

"Can our sense of neighborhood expand to those who are 10,000 miles away?" That's the question Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership asks in the wake of the typhoon in the Philippines which has taken the lives of thousands of people. As the initial media coverage recedes in favor of front-page stories that are more immediately relevant to our lives as Americans, how do we respond to the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold?

Needed: Conversations On Choosing Life November 13, 2013

"Truly caring for a person at the end of life requires conversations — about love and legacy, about bestowing and receiving blessings, about choosing life versus fighting death...."

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By Rabbi Irwin Kula, Opinion, Special to The Jewish Week
11/12/13

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