The Wisdom Daily: Can Addiction Be A Choice? February 26, 2014

"Can addiction be a choice? And if so, can it ever be considered a worthy choice? Barry Miles' book, Call Me Burroughs: A Life, raises those questions in interesting ways which invite further reflection on our right to make bad choices...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Arizona’s Need for Freedom from Religion February 26, 2014

"Is religious freedom of greater importance than the constitutional right of equality? Arizona’s state law SB 1062, which has passed through the legislature and awaits gubernatorial support or veto, argues, ‘Yes’. I suggest, ‘no’, and I do so on religious grounds...."

A Constituency Of None February 26, 2014

"...‘Freedom of religious thought and expression are sacred whether you believe in God or not. The willingness to talk about things in public even if they’re not comfortable is also sacred,’ says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, which seeks to broaden religious understanding in public discourse...."

Kirtan Rabbi in West Hartford, CT Saturday March 1, 2014 7:30pm February 26, 2014

Bring your voices, dancing socks and open hearts to join P'nai Or and Hartford Chants this Saturday for an evening of Hebrew Chant and musical meditation with the Kirtan Rabbi. Featuring: Sarah Gershuny (vocals); Adam Bauer (bass); David Noonan (percussion); other guests; AND most of all: YOU!

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The Wisdom Daily: Our Kid's World February 25, 2014

"Have you seen the series of Vizio Smart TV commercials? They are quite unnerving. They play on what we digital immigrants (I am 56) all know. Our children know so much more than us in so many areas that not only do we need to learn from them in ways parents have never needed to learn from their children, but there are times it feels like we are living in different worlds...."

Is the Affluenza Defense Moral? February 24, 2014

A judge in Texas recently set off a firestorm when she sentenced a teenager to 10 years probation for killing four people in a drunk-driving crash. His defense that his judgment was impaired because of his privileged upbringing, or the "affluenza" defense. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-Founder and Executive Editor of asks "Could we create a culture that combined fewer excuses and more compassion, greater accountability and more genuine understanding?"

Web Chat: Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One Feb. 27th February 22, 2014

You are invited to join the Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One Web Chat on Thursday, February 27th from 1:00-1:45 pm EST. The third in this exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff joined by Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence, will center Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One: Courage, Empathy and Conversational Intelligence: The Personal Challenge of Disruptive Innovation, Decreasing Stress and Fear, Collaborating Better, The Role of Conversational Intelligence in Co-Creation and Creating the Space to Disrupt.

The Wisdom Daily: The Delusion of The Triple Package February 21, 2014

"It takes just a few hours to read "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua and her husband, fellow Yale law professor, Jed Rubenfeld's new book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. And it takes even less time to realize the wisdom in this book isn't in its ideas but in understanding why such ideas resonate and the harm they do to us personally and collectively...."

The Wisdom Daily: Do Babies Have a Moral Compass? February 21, 2014

"Is it possible that some babies are more moral than others? That babies are born with an innate moral inclination? That morality is biologically encoded and not learned over time?

The short answers are: yes, apparently so, and let's not get carried away. The new study which addresses these specific questions should interest anyone with kids, or anyone interested in how we help create a more decent world. After all, the future of our world depends largely on how humane and moral we are or can be. In fact, the study and the questions it addresses are actually the next chapter in a long and ongoing debate often referred to as "nature versus nurture". And like most such dichotomies, this one is largely false...."

Sinai and Synapses: Can We Study Religion Scientifically? February 21, 2014

"There is new and exciting research about the scientific study of religion. Instead of asking theological or philosophical questions, these scholars are looking at religion from sociological, psychological and behavioral perspectives. Authors like Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion or Robert Wright in The Evolution of God are using science to give much more nuance to what religion truly is — and what it could be.

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