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The Wisdom Daily: 9/11: How We Feel Today September 11, 2014

"As we observe the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we feel a range of emotions. We feel sad and heartbroken for those who lost loved ones. We are grateful, if not surprised that there have been no terrorist attacks on our soil. We feel betrayed that after all the lives and treasure sacrificed to fight Islamic terrorists, there seems to be more terrorists, terrorizing more people, doing more terrifying things...."

The Wisdom Daily: Tears of Love: A Scene I Will Never Forget September 10, 2014

"I walked into the living room of one of our close family friends. Sitting quietly were my friend's 89 year-old father and mother. Just a couple of hours earlier they had heard from a cardiologist in a rather sudden and impersonal way, unfortunately with no family around, the statistics on how long he had to live given his heart condition. There was a mix of sadness and fear. My friends understandably didn't know exactly what to say. Who does? ..."

Love is the final word September 9, 2014

"All the final conversations [Rabbi Irwin Kula] had in his collection were about love. Not a single person used his or her last breathe to say, “Kill those bastards for what they have done…Be sure to get revenge…I hate them for what they did to me…Avenge my memory.” Every last word was an “I love you” of some variety. Here is what Rabbi Kula learned, “Then I recognized what the real Torah, the real wisdom…the real experience behind religion is…it is about love…and it’s no more complicated than that.

Genocide, Religious Warfare or A Third Option September 8, 2014

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Christians are increasingly at threat of ethnic cleansing throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, asks "How do we talk about that real possibility without turning this war into a religious war?"

The Wisdom Daily: A Random Collision of Unusual Suspects: BIF 10 September 8, 2014

"Imagine a gathering of some 400 innovator junkies from every conceivable domain including education, medicine, music, space travel, fashion, food, gaming, homelessness, design, finance, journalism, cooking, philanthropy, photography, and yes, religion. Now imagine no ego, no selling, no obsessing about the next killer app and absolutely no cynicism. Instead, there is one fascinating, passionate, creative story-teller after another sharing their life-changing stories with one goal: to connect, inspire and transform...." Irwin Kula will be speaking at 3:00 pm Wednesday Sep. 17th and you can follow the conference on twitter at BizInnovationFactory@TheBIF and look for #BIF10.

The Wisdom Daily: The End of the Gratitude Discount September 4, 2014

"Do you pray before meals? Do you take a moment before eating to be grateful for the food you are about to enjoy? A restaurant in North Carolina is in trouble for offering customers a 15% discount if they pray before their meal. Obviously, this is perfect culture war material with some people praising the promotion of prayer and others criticizing the deal. Here is the story..."

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Tzemah Yoreh: Shards of the Shofar September 2, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. attempts to add some new spice to the High Holidays. It is intended for anyone who wishes that there were more prayers reflecting contemporary values, while at the same time remaining true to traditional cadences.

The Wisdom Daily: You Left Your Daughter Where?! September 2, 2014

"I just returned from a week in Israel. And yeah, that means that I was there during the war with Hamas. In fact, the morning that we landed was the day that Hamas leadership pledged to resume rocket attacks on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. I wasn't traveling alone either. I was traveling with two of my daughters, one aged 13 and the other 18, who I was "dropping off" for a year of study at a Jerusalem seminary.So, am I some kind of crazy person who blithely wanders into war zones?

The Wisdom Daily: Beyond Ferguson: Confronting Race, Confronting Ourselves August 28, 2014

"In the summer of 1982 I went looking for an apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, where I lived and served as a rabbi from then until late 1987. I made life-long friends and there were many nice things about St. Louis - the Arch, the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington University, the Symphony to name a few - but race was not one of them. My introduction to the problem of race came on my very first day in St. Louis.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Treat Every Person with Dignity August 26, 2014

"I was a college student doing about 78 mph on my way from Pittsburgh to New York City to visit my boyfriend. Suddenly flashing lights appeared behind me, my stomach flipped over, and I was busted. The officer sauntered up to my window. He asked questions that I felt were intrusive, like where was I going, where was I coming from, who was I going to see. He made a comment about my “pretty face” being smashed if I crashed at that speed. I wanted him to just give me a ticket and go away. Finally he did...."

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