"Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th is a fast day in Jewish tradition. It is called the 17th of Tammuz, named after the date on the Hebrew calendar. It is a minor fast, meaning that the fast lasts only from sun up to sun down. It commemorates, among other things, the breaching of Jerusalem’s walls which led to the destruction of the Second Temple..."
In light of the recent escalation of violence in Israel and the Gaza strip, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reminds us that whichever side of the argument you stand on, arguing about the facts won't get us any closer to peace but demonstrating compassion for those lost on both sides, may help us get closer to it. He urges us to remember the names of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and feel compassion for all four boys not just those we identify with.
From Odyssey Networks’s FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...what has been most challenging for me personally has been the internal tension between my liberal values and my loyalty to Israel—and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way...Morality, Haidt argues, isn’t just one thing. It has five main different facets to it—care for others, justice and fairness, loyalty, respect for authority, and a sense of sanctity. Liberals, he notes, tend to focus mainly on the first two (care and justice), and feel much less strongly about the other three (loyalty, authority and sanctity).
"How do you live well? And when the times comes, how do you die well? There is no single or simple answer to either of those questions, but there is real wisdom that can help us all to answer those questions better. This story in the New York Times and its accompanying video describe, with exquisite poignancy, different patients' experiences in a long term care hospital i.e. a place where people may reside for years, but very few of whom will ever recover from the diseases which brought them there.
"What does America mean to you? What does America stand for? Over Independence Day, I read the Declaration of Independence as a sacred practice. If there is one phrase in the Declaration of Independence that defines the American way it is that we are "endowed by (our) creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". What a remarkable intuition about what America is.
"Last Thursday, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, passed away, leaving his bodily existence for…well, for whatever comes next..."
By Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders blog on MyJewishLearning.com
This week the bodies of 3 Israeli teenagers who had been missing for several weeks were found in a field not far from where they were last seen. The murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Graenkel and Gilad Shaer has ignited passions across the world and from different political camps. But this is not the time for "politics and posturing" according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com.
"On the news. In the papers. On the internet. On social media. On our bimah — where we placed them for all to see, along with yellow ribbons, less than two weeks ago. In a moment of despair, the psalmist wrote in the 121st Psalm: Esa einai el heharim… I lift up my eyes to the mountains..." Read more...
"Israeli novelist and survivor Aharon Appelfeld stated, “After the death of the last witnesses, the remembrance of the Holocaust must not be entrusted to historians alone. Now comes the hour of artistic creation.” Taking this statement literally, I’m producing BE•HOLD...."
By Janet R. Kirchheimer from Together
"What daily wisdom is there in the face of the brutal murder of three Israeli teenagers - the absolute nightmare of every parent? The ever- deepening, never ending disease of terrorism, hatred, and evil and the stark fear of what will happen next makes me want to scream out. I am a proud member of the Jewish tribe. When forced to pick a side, Jewish is my side. And so as I watch the funeral of Naftali Frankel, who was 16, Gilad Shaar, who was 16, and Eyal Yifrach who was 19, I am not thinking.