Thoughts on technology December 30, 2011

"I’m part of a fellowship called Rabbis Without Borders that meets four times a year in New York City. The theme of our conference this December was technology and the rabbinate. Self-described Ludite that I am, I felt challenged by the material, which consisted partly of learning about making better use of social media in our rabbinates, and partly of exploring the larger questions technology challenges us with in general.

Shining Like The Sun! December 29, 2011

Writer/director Tom Shadyac writes,"...And who you are is a drop in the ocean of divinity. Inside you is starlight. Inside you is the same infinite energy that created the universe. As the modern mystic, Irwin Kula, knew, 'Everything is god in drag.'"

from Tom Shadyac on The Huffington Post

Stage shows of the year: Solos, tête à têtes and song and dance December 29, 2011

Irwin Kula's "The Gospel According to Jerry" at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company was named one of the Ten Picks by theater critic Graydon Royce.

from the Star Tribune
, 12/28/11

Owen Gottlieb's Paper One of Top Ten Publications Downloaded from BJPA in 2011 December 29, 2011

Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb's publication, "Moving Beyond the Limited Reach of Current 'Social Media' Approaches: Why Jewish Digital Communities Require Rich and Remixable Narrative Content," was one of Berman Jewish Policy Archive's top ten Jewish downloads of 2011. We applaud the recognition of his work, which is at the cutting edge of technology, gaming and Jewish education.

Four individuals who enriched my life in 2011 December 28, 2011

"In early September, my synagogue (a Conservative egalitarian congregation) hosted Rabbi Steve Greenberg for a scholar-in-residence weekend. Greenberg - an Orthodox gay rabbi who was featured in the 2001 documentary Trembling Before God, and who was named by Newsweek/Daily Beast as one of the top 50 influential rabbis in America - had already been on my radar as I had been striving to help my shul become more conscious and inclusive of the GLBTQ community...."

Turmoil in Iraq: Should Americans feel responsible? December 22, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Should Americans feel responsible for the state of Iraq? To what extent? Does the U.S. still have a role in the country?"

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 12/22/11

Brad Hirschfield on Why Hanukkah Matters December 22, 2011

Brad Hirschfield joins Live to talk about Hanukkah, and why its message is important to not only Jews but to all Americans. View... LIVE, 12/22/11

Rebranding rabbis December 22, 2011

“We don’t have a blueprint,” said (Rabbi) Sirbu...“We’re really hoping to rebrand people see rabbis as great resources.”

JTNews, 12/21/11

Reaching Hundreds of Thousands of Jews Online with a Contemporary Voice December 21, 2011

Recognized as one of American’s top 50 female rabbis by the Forward, Laura Baum is a transformative figure in contemporary Jewish life. This year, the online congregation Rabbi Baum helped create, was named by Slingshot as one of North America’s 50 most innovative and inspiring programs.

Soliciting Support December 21, 2011

The root of the word that we often use to mean charity—tzedakah-is tzedek. Tzedek connotes justice and righteousness. Each time we do something that brings greater tzedek into the world, we are fulfilling the mitzvah of tzedakah and we become a partner for goodness. When we seek ever greater tzedek by soliciting support for a very good cause, we are inviting others to join us as partners in repairing this world.
Potei'ach et yadekha u'masbi'a l'khol chai ratzon
Your open hand sustains life

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