"...Perhaps we can find a way to at least weigh the options when a new technology is introduced rather than just use it because we can. Apparently the Amish would have a community process and weigh the pros and cons of each new technology...They made technology a conscious choice, not some force that was foisted on them without a peep of resistance.
"...This year, perhaps we could all benefit by not only rebalancing our financial portfolios, but also our life portfolios..." More...
Opinion by Steven M. Sheldon and Rabbi Brian Strauss, published in Chron.com, Houston Chronicle, 12/30/11
"Rabbi (Drew)Kaplan, who travels around Long Beach, Riverside and Orange County on behalf of SoCal Jewish Student Services, was also selected to participate in Rabbis Without Borders. Rabbis Without Borders (RWB), a landmark initiative from Clal..."
Clal resident, Rabbi Andrew Hahn, offers the Clal community the gift of his new chant Havayah. The love–endowed offspring of a long–Summer’s labor, Havayah represents a new sound for Kirtan Rabbi: part ballad, part psychedelic ‘70s basement rock (please listen with ear-buds, so you hear everything!), it is a driving, Ecstatic Kabbalah romp. We hope you enjoy it. We would love to hear what you think.
An incredible opportunity: an online, non-credit course offered by Naropa University of Boulder, Colorado is is available now—January 17th-March 18th on the core teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Titled "Gateways to Jewish Spiritual Practice", this 8 week course provides access to a broad range of Reb Zalman's teachings on spiritual life. Through Reb Zalman's writings, lectures, songs, dvds, videos, etc., participants are able to experience many gateways to Jewish spiritual practices.
Brad Hirschfield talks to WCBS-TV News (NYC) about the power of gratitude in creating your own happiness.
"Protests have broken out across Israel by members of the ultra-Orthodox community in response to government efforts to uphold civil law..."
Brad Hirschfield joins Monica Crowley and Jehmu Greene to discuss Michelle Bachmann, the payroll tax holiday deal and Kim Jong Ill.
Fox News, 12/22/11 From Fox Business, Lou Dobbs Tonight
"I’m part of a fellowship called Rabbis Without Borders that meets four times a year in New York City. The theme of our conference this December was technology and the rabbinate. Self-described Ludite that I am, I felt challenged by the material, which consisted partly of learning about making better use of social media in our rabbinates, and partly of exploring the larger questions technology challenges us with in general.
Writer/director Tom Shadyac writes,"...And who you are is a drop in the ocean of divinity. Inside you is starlight. Inside you is the same infinite energy that created the universe. As the modern mystic, Irwin Kula, knew, 'Everything is god in drag.'"