"“Yes,” I told the baffled American immigration official, “I was in Belarus for a roots trip.” But this in no way captured my experience of touring in the environs of Minsk with a German speaking group out of Austria...."
By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning.com
"According to the report for the largest political survey in its history, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines - and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive - than at any point in the last two decades... producing rising animosity bordering on a sense of alarm" toward the opposite party.
"Do you have something in your life you just wish you could get over? Is there something you did, even long ago, which continues to hold you back? If you are like most people, then the answer is 'yes'. Whether it's through Lady Macbeth, characters in the Bible or moments in our own lives, we can all identify with the need to cleanse ourselves - to feel free of the stain of a past bad act or mistake that continues to haunt us or keeps us from becoming who we most want to be.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield delves into the issues surrounding the recent alarming rise of violence in Iraq by ISIS and other terrorist groups.
From Odyssey Networks’s FAITH ON THE RECORD
"I don't want to make more of this than it is especially given the serious polarization that does exist in this country (see recent Pew study which I will be writing about next week) and the very uncomfortable blowback I received from my last post on Glenn Beck. But speaking on his radio show on Tuesday, Glenn Beck said something that I imagine you would never expect him to say.
"I've been given a gift this week -- the opportunity to open the door for someone who wanted to reconnect with Judaism. I know what it's like to be spiritually thirsty. I know what it's like to feel "on the outside," in galut -- exile -- from community and from God...."
By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from her blog, Velveteen Rabbi
"What's the difference between being in charge and having genuine authority? What's the difference between being "the leader" and exercising leadership? If you can answer these questions for yourself and live in light of your answer, you will discover that you have both more capacity and more influence than you probably ever imagined. You will find that you can accomplish more than you may realize, and feel pretty good about it as well! All of which brings Alexander Haig to mind..."
"Today, among the many other things you do in your busy life, pray for the safe return of three kidnapped Israeli teens: Naftali Fraenkel 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gil-Ad Sha’er, 16. Take a moment any time today to pray for Naftali, Eyal, and Gil-ad. You can add the 250 Nigerian school girls, and all children around the world that have been forcibly taken from their families..."
Rabbi Gottlieb presented his work on the ARIS platform at the Games for Learning Conference. Click here for an article on the conference. Jewish Time Jump—New York is a project of Rabbi Owen Gottlieb's ConverJent which is incubated at Clal. For more on ConverJent, follow it on twitter: @converjent and @yobgorgle.
"When you think about a normal day in your life, from the moment you get up in the morning until you go to sleep, you experience far more expressions of kindness and love than meanness and hate. But as I wrote a few weeks ago, we are hardwired to be far more alert to negative, fear-inducing events that generate fight or flight responses than to positive events that generate security and empathy..."