"It has long been the claim of the Orthodox community that Jewish law does not or should not change to accord itself with the times. Among certain Jews, since the early 19th century, all new things are considered a priori forbidden. Despite this oft-repeated and historically questionable insistence on formal continuity, there are ways that prohibitions of sinful behavior can remain on the books unchanged in their form, and still be wholly transformed in their social effect.
Rabbi Kula will hold a talk with questions and answers on "Religion Without Borders: What Do We Hire Religion to Do for Us?" on Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Aspen Chapel, Castle Creek Road at Highway 82 roundabout, Aspen, CO. This event is part of the Chapel's Summer Enrichment Series. If you're in the area, please join us for the talk!
From Clal 8/7/13
Rabbi Irwin Kula speaks with David Bach about the democratization of religious resources, the anxiety of change and how mixing and bending are today's ways of making meaning in our lives. Rabbi Kula will be talking about Religions Without Borders" on Thursday from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Aspen Chapel - Aspen Chapel, Castle Creek Road at Highway 82 roundabout, Aspen.
We build the brightest future, not by worrying about the future, but by living our faith in the present. ""Rabbi, how do I make sure that my children believe in God?" "How do we make sure that our kids will carry on our traditions?" "How can we assure a successful future for our community?" If these are not the most common questions that I hear in the contemporary Jewish community, they are certainly near the top of the list. And people want answers! In fact, people often want the answer.
"Dr. Joseph Lister was greatly inspired by the work of Louis Pasteur. Carbolic acid was the main ingredient in Lister’s new antiseptic techniques and the statistical results were nothing short of astounding. Perhaps it was on the limb-strewn battlefields during the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s that one disruptive innovation gained great favor with a whole generation of adherents. Young doctors on the front lines readily embraced Dr.
"As the world propels itself through the 21st millennium, powered by transformational technology, Rabbi Irwin Kula pushes the question that gets lost in the momentum: How do we create more developed and evolved human beings?..."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks with Lars Larson about the Pope's comments about not judging gays in the Catholic Church.
"...If we only look at Israel from one end of the spectrum, or one part of the prism, with regard to a mass multitude of religious, cultural and social issues, we are not allowing ourselves to see a true picture. We need to sit in the middle and deal with the tension; the facts on the grounds and the words and visions of political leaders. Living with the tension means to be uncomfortable. It means to live with the tension rather than try to deny the validity of either.
It was a big week for Pope Francis. First he held mass on Brazil's Copacabana beach in for an estimated 3 million attendees. Then, when asked about gay priests, he said "Who am I to judge?" In doing so, according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of CLAL National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, the Pope "articulated an ethic of judgment" and pointed out a clear distinction between making necessary judgments and being judgmental.
"Speaking with reporters on board his flight returning from Brazil to Rome, Pope Francis made the following comment, “Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” Who is he to judge? He’s the pope. Isn't that part of his job?! He is the leader of a millennium old institution – one steeped in legal tradition and religious norms. How could he not judge? If not him, then who? Has Pope Francis become some kind of relativist?