"When we say that the holidays are late, we recover the tradition that celebrates Rosh HaShanah as the birthday of the world and of humanity, while proclaiming our commitment to celebrate that birthday Jewishly. We choose integration over bifurcation, and unity over false dichotomy.
There is particularity, to be sure, because no person lives “in general,” but such particularity cannot become an excuse from connection to that which lies beyond it..."
"Contrary to what we often hear, issues of identity and community are not zero-sum unless the respective competing identities are so small and offer so little that all they can do is beg for allegiance. When they are rich resources for living more meaningful, ethical, creative and engaged lives, there is little or no fear of dilution or disappearance..."
Michael Stock interviews Aaron Kula and then Rabbi Irwin Kula about the September 25th American Jewish New Year performance.
Said Rabbi Irwin Kula, "America is unique in the opportunity to share wisdom, both musical and spiritual. And Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are probably the most powerful holidays on each side. They have some of the deepest spiritual insights, especially that we can change our lives. We can be grateful and joyous about life. We can be the people we aspire to be."
"The holidays are late this year."
We hear that expression often, but what does it mean and what can it tell us about who we are and how to find what we need?
"“No one owns the Jewish story; this is a historic story,” Kula said, adding that the Jewish community should view the film as an opportunity. “More [Jewish] people celebrate Chanukah than any other festival — 80 percent of American Jews claim they celebrate some sort of Chanukah, which means Chanukah is bigger than Rosh Hashanah, bigger than Yom Kippur. What if, when the movie comes out, we were able to create a national conversation around one of our most important stories?”..."
"...The word for “peace” in Hebrew is shalom. What many may not know is the same word also means ‘wholeness,’ said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield..."
"...Hirschfeld agreed that it’s great when different people come together ‘until we can’t’ and then what? That will be the real test..."
Rabbi Irwin Kula joined Dr. Mike Newcomb to talk about the anniversary of 9/11 — how do we get over the tragedy and move on?
Nationally syndicated — The Mike Newcomb Show, KPHX, Phoenix, AZ, 9/8/11
"...To (Owen) Gottlieb, process is as important as product -- notably, in meeting young Jewish learners where they already are. "According to a Pew study, 97 percent of today's teens are digital or online gamers. And more girls play online games than boys. If we want to reach Jewish youth, we have to meet them where they are and enable them to experience the Torah as a source of meaning," notes Gottlieb...."