"How many opportunities do we lose out on, and how much time do we waste worrying about where we aren’t, instead of genuinely appreciating where we are? How much energy do we expend agonizing over who we aren’t, as opposed to celebrating who we are?
Too often, the discussion around religion and science produces a lot of heat, but very little light. Over the next few months, Sinai and Synapses will be working to change that.
"...Going public with your own or a loved one’s journey towards death is not for everyone. I completely respect that many people want and need to keep their journeys private. But for those for whom it is cathartic to write, blog, Facebook, and Tweet, I am thankful that we now have these tools available to us. Reading others’ stories and how they find incredible reserves of courage, strength, and love in the face of death makes us all stronger.
The first century is a time whose stories evoke controversy as perhaps no other period in the history of religion. Who was “the real” Jesus? The answer to that question has altered loves for better and for worse until our very day. So a book like Jesus: First Century Rabbi, by Rabbi David Zaslow, which tries to answer the question, demands serious attention..."
"How do you react when you see a physically disabled person? Do you stare? Do you avert your gaze? What do you feel – discomfort, shock, fear, anxiety, curiosity, compassion? Has the way you responded to seeing the physically disabled changed over time?
Research shows that viewers of positive portrayals of the disabled on television programs and in the movies are more likely to perceive discrimination and less likely to have negative emotions when encountering people with disabilities...."
When artists, art-lovers, teachers of Torah, and curious Jews come together, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking result. Using the weekly Torah portion — the Crossing of the Sea of Reeds — as our material, the Academy for Jewish Religion's Sacred Arts Institute will explore how close and contextual readings of the Torah can inspire art and how art can reveal new meanings of Torah. Join the Academy for Jewish Religion in its Sacred Arts Institute in Yonkers, NY, for an encounter between the arts and the text. January 5-9, 2014.
Among the teachers is Rabbi Zach Fredman who is a Clal Rabbis Without Border Fellow and Resident along with his pulpit synagogue, The New Shul.
"...I cannot wrap my mind around the vision of Messianic time, even though the great Jewish philosopher Maimonides insists that hope is a pillar of Jewish spirituality. On Yom Kippur, I had a quick glimpse of hope. The idealism of my son and his friends, the liturgy’s endless prayers for peace, and the community’s yearning for self-improvement seduced me. But the glimpse soon faded into memory…
Until this week.
Last week, [Clal's] Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard commented on the story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his long-lost brothers. What a risk Joseph takes when he reaches out to these men he knew only as bullies! He reveals himself, literally and figuratively. Literally, he cries and cries. Speaking his brothers’ language, he says “I am Joseph.” Figuratively, he opens his heart, showing that he hopes to be received with love...."
This week the world paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5th at the age of 95. As mourners gathered and tributes from around the world were made, Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield reminds us that "Memory is a choice – we choose how to remember," and there are many Nelson Mandelas to remember – revolutionary, prisoner, peacemaker, symbol, healer.
On Tuesday, December 3, Sinai and Synapses held its first seminar exploring the interaction of religion and science. Eleven people — representing clergy, scientists and journalists — came together to learn from Dr.
"Stars of David" author Abigail Pogrebin takes part in a talkback with Rabbi Irwin Kula Sunday as musical adaption of her book closes. See The Buzz...
From The Jewish Week 11/11/13