Michael Horn and Jack Roberts interview Rabbi Irwin Kula about how Valentine’s Day is a double–edge sword. We celebrate how committed and passionately we are in love. But, the very fact we need the holiday shows a deeper more uncomfortable truth: our love for each other is always far more unstable and fragile than we are ready to admit...
"The only thing that really counts here, beyond bringing the guilty parties to justice, is preventing further deaths. That is something to which we will all can contribute as soon as we decide that it’s more important to save lives than affirm beliefs or confirm previously held assumptions...."
"The person is feeling ‘I have it good while my wife or my husband is really ill. How can I go on with life?’" (Kula) says. "What we have to do train people to begin to trust again — to trust other people; trust themselves; and they have to trust life."
On Sunday, March 6 through Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex in St. Louis, Professionals working for Jewish organizations around the country will come together for high-level training at the first JProStl conference. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will be the keynote speaker.
"Israeli Police intend to arrest settler leader, Rabbi Dov Lior, if he continues to ignore requests to interview him about his support of the controversial book, Torat HaMelekh (The King's Torah)..."
"...In reflecting on this week's [Torah] reading, Rabbi [Lord Jonathan] Sacks notes what generations of commentators have observed — the striking phrase which acknowledges that having built a sacred sanctuary for God, God will dwell not in it, but ‘among them’ — the people who built it. Buildings and other concrete manifestations may help us to find our paths to God, but they are not where God is found, at least not according to the God of Exodus...."
Aaron David Miller, Ph.D., a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, gave a special briefing to Rabbis Without Borders Fellows this morning. RWB Fellows engaged with Dr. Miller and benefited from his insights on the situation in Egypt and Tunisia as well as similarly poised regimes in the Middle East.
Janet R. Kirchheimer's poems were translated into Russian and posted on Gostinaya... Russian for Salon, and The Coast Magazine.
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Steven Greenberg was a 20-year–old Orthodox rabbinic student from Ohio, studying in Jerusalem, when he realized his affections were "ripping me apart."...
"...And while it's easy to wax eloquent about the "democracy movement" coalescing in Egypt, it's not clear that what that movement will bring in its wake, should it be successful in ridding the nation of Hosni Mubarak, will necessarily be better than what Egypt has had for the past 30 years..."