On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reflects on the concept of the "flawed hero" in the Bible and how the extreme scrutiny of politicians in America today makes no allowance for flaws. Rabbi Hirschfield asks if we can embrace the flawed heroes around us and strive to be heroic ourselves, in spite our our own flaws.
"...the ethical and psychological challenges of abundance are quite different than scarcity. Two psychologists from Berkeley, Dacher Keltner and Paul Piff have shown that higher status upper class tend to be more selfish, less empathetic, less generous and less compassionate!..."
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"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...."
"...the Hanukkah-Thanksgiving mash up offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate values that are deeply rooted in both Biblical history, and the sacred story of how the United States came to be...."
"We are coming into the holiday season and something is badly out of whack in America – beyond our ongoing economic and political crises. Take Hawaii State Representative Tom Bowers who, sledgehammer in hand, walks his district's streets and parks looking for shopping carts used by homeless people, which, he then smashes to bits.
"...Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide this year for the first time since 1888, and will apparently not do so again for thousands of years..."
Talking Transition is an open conversation about the future of New York City. Join New Yorkers online, in the streets, and in a new meeting place on Canal Street to help shape the transition to a new mayor. Irwin Kula along with the panelists below spoke at the Canal Street tent On Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Harnessing Disruptive Innovation Craig Hatkoff, Co-founder, Tribeca Film Festival; Co-founder, Disruptor Foundation.
Innovation Excellence, one of the most important innovation platforms nationwide, features Business Innovation Factory and The Wisdom Daily's live Google hangout conversation among Rabbi Irwin Kula, educator Angela Maiers and Neurosurgeon James Doty on the topic of Innovating Compassion.
From Innovation Excellence, 11/14/13
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"Beyond bringing more Jewish people to synagogues, how can we engage and excite the next generation about the beauty and wisdom of Jewish culture and civilization?" WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi of New Tech City talks with Rabbi Owen Gottlieb while playing Jewish Time Jump the Augmented-Reality Game that teaches American and Jewish history using the G.P.S. function of a mobile phone.