Kirtan Rabbi in Maine Nov. 1-3, 2013 November 1, 2013

Join Clal’s well–known teacher and chant composer, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for a series of of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning in Maine this weekend. Kirtan Rabbi @ Kabbalat Shabbat service at Colby College's Hillel - Waterville, ME...
Tai Chi Prayer (and hike?) with the Colby, Bates, Bowdoin Hillel Shabbaton...

Departures: Parashat Toldot November 1, 2013

"The human story is largely a story of departure and transition. Individuals, whole communities, tribes, villages, and nations are often in transition, leaving their homes in search of greater resources or greater personal safety. The Jewish story, in particular, is often about departure, exile, and journey. Jews are often referred to as a “wandering” people, an entirely accurate description, seen through the broad scope of Jewish stories and history.

Sinai & Synapses: Who Will My Daughter Be? October 31, 2013

"On October 1 (and about four and half weeks early), my wife and I welcomed our daughter into the world. It truly was every bit as incredible, miraculous, joyous and nerve-wracking as everyone told us it would be. We can’t quite believe we have brought a new person into this world, and every time I hold her, or feed her at 3:30 AM, or bless her on Shabbat, when I look at her, all I can think of is, “Who will she be?”..."

The Wisdom Daily : Video: Innovating Compassion. A Discussion with Irwin Kula, Angela Maiers and James Doty, M.D. October 28, 2013

Watch Rabbi Irwin Kula, Angela Maiers and Dr. James Doty take their conversation to the next level by discussing "innovating compassion." The Rabbi, visionary educator and neurosurgeon met a few weeks ago at the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit in Providence, RI, a gathering of over 400 innovators from across different fields coming together to discuss their innovation stories...

Honoring the Dead: CHAYEI SARAH October 26, 2013

"When people we love die, how do maintain our connection to them? In Jewish tradition one of the ways we sustain these ties is by marking the anniversary of the death through prayer and ritual..."

By Rabbi Helaine Ettinger, from Sacred Stories: A Living Commentary on American Jewish History and the Hebrew Bible,

The Wisdom Daily: Can the Death of a Parent Bring Families Together? October 24, 2013

"Few moments in life are as difficult as losing one’s parent. In the swirl of sadness and mourning, a parent’s death can unify or further divide the surviving family. In some cases, the highly charged emotions may amplify issues between siblings. But this can also be a remarkable opportunity to heal some of those long-standing hurts and wounds that are part of every family I know, including my own. There can be a positive potential for healing in this otherwise difficult moment...."

Rabbis Without Borders Selected for Slingshot Once Again for 2013-2014! October 24, 2013

We are thrilled to share with you that for the second year in a row Rabbis Without Borders has been included in the Slingshot Guide’s list of the 50 most innovative Jewish programs in North America. We are honored to be included and love that this gives us the opportunity to talk about all of the innovative work Rabbis Without Borders Fellows do!

Mazal Tov to:

• Mishkan Chicago founded by our own Lizzie Heydemann (cohort 3) and

The Wisdom Daily: Sleep is the Best Meditation October 23, 2013

"Unfortunately, for many of us, sleep has become a precious commodity that we don’t get enough of. And, as so many wisdom traditions teach, sleeping with its power to cleanse our brains is indeed a form of rebirth! So here is a meditative practice before going to sleep...."
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D.C. synagogue sets Torah study into a modern setting October 23, 2013

"“The Jewish community is shifting radically, and the [idea] is to see all of it — Torah, prayer, mitzvot [commandments] — all as technologies that are there for us to connect profoundly with our truest selves, with our community, with God,” said Gil Steinlauf, rabbi since 2008 at the 1,400-family Adas...."


A Whole Lot of Love October 23, 2013

"What if God took note of every mistake you made and considered it a glorious seed for a profoundly better future? God, it seems, is often counter-cultural. Whereas our society, often despite knowing better, constantly rewards achievement and success, God has an interesting track record of recognizing positive effort even when we are surrounded by failures of our own doing...."

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