"We all know the expression 'what's in a name'. Essentially it means what something is called can never fully capture the full meaning of what that something is. This saying is particularly true for people, who are surely more complex than any one name or label that gets slapped on them. But there's still a lot in a name...."
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"It was evening and it was morning, Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. Those days that became known as Kristallnacht, with its deceptively beautiful and poetic sounding name, “Night of Crystal,” — or, more commonly, “The Night of Broken Glass.” Kristallnacht was a two-day pogrom unleashed by Nazi party officials and carried out by storm troops and the Hitler Youth. About 100 Jews were killed, almost 270 synagogues destroyed, and 7,500 Jewish-owned establishments looted.
"Imagine the uproar that would happen if a rabbi said that he or she composed a new Torah. The rabbi would face criticism across the board.
Recently one of our Rabbis Without Borders, Rabbi Zach Fredman shared a new “Torah” called The Maqam Project with some rabbis on a listserv. The negative reactions came swiftly...."
On November 14th "Let's Write the Last Chapter Together" will take place at the Conservative Synagogue of Riverdale, which is pleased to present keynote speaker Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, speaking on the importance of open discussion as we face end of life. Panelists include Judith Ruskay-Rabinor, Ph.D; Bernard Lee, M.D.; Marcy Bernstein, LMSW; Susan Cohen, M.D. will moderate.
This week, for the first time in 30 years, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the role of prayer in government meetings. In Galloway v. Greece, NY, a local woman objected to the predominantly Christian prayers that were said during town council meetings in Greece, NY. "We need to feel welcomed even when we don't feel agreed with. That's the real challenge that lies at the heart of this case" says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield.
"As the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht approaches, Holocaust-related stories surface more often and resonate more deeply. Of particular note is Ebay making Nazi artifacts available for sale. As the last survivors of the Holocaust perish, the ethics of memory — what this story is really about — becomes entirely our question to deal with.
"...Seeing is much more than having our eyes wide open, we see far less of our world than we think we do. Obviously this can contribute to real world problems whether it is TSA agents manning baggage scanners at airports or radiologists reading x-rays whose expectations and focus might actually make them more susceptible to miss things right in front of their eyes...."
"Jacob is running for his life. He and his mother Rebecca colluded to deprive his older brother Esau of his father Isaac’s blessing. Jacob now sets out on life-changing journey to find himself and the direction his life should take...."
"...So help me God.Those enlisting now have the option of omitting those last 4 words, to which I say ‘Thank God’! As a believer, I welcome this change in policy for precisely the same reasons that I reject the call by some to remove the phrase from the oath altogether. Faith flourishes best when freedom of conscience reigns for all. It’s as simple as that, no matter how many extremists from either the faith-based or atheist-driven communities say otherwise...."
"...In his newest book, Gladwell devotes a chapter to people with dyslexia showing that the skills they leverage to compensate for their condition can also lead to a life of extraordinary accomplishment...The proportion of high-profile entrepreneurs who are dyslexic is strikingly high.