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The Wisdom Daily: Getting Real About the Black Experience May 21, 2015

"...Curing the disease of racism is not about changing hardcore racists. It's about the vast majority - the silent majority (most of us in this country) - understanding the lived experiences of our fellow human beings and citizens. Our minds are not changed because of intellectual arguments; as important as such arguments are, they come later. We change once we identify and empathize with the pain and the humanity of the other..."

Brad Hirschfield: Where Was God? May 15, 2015

After this week‘s deadly Amtrak accident where 8 people were killed and more than 200 were injured, many people have asked Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, "Where was God?" "We’re asking for an explanation of the otherwise inexplicably bad", says Rabbi Hirschfield and that "God is in our own goodness, in our own compassion, and in our own caring." For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

How do we forgive the ‘Peeping Tom’ rabbi? Can we? May 14, 2015

"...unlike in some spiritual communities, Judaism holds that sins against God can be atoned by God, but sins against other humans cannot be forgiven until the offender takes action to fix it. Judaism specifies that an offender must admit his or her sin, in words, out loud before God; confess the sin publicly; apologize to the wronged party; offer restitution (where possible); and abandon the sinful behavior.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Renewing Disruptive Innovation May 14, 2015

"...We inherit a 2,000-year legacy of disruptive innovation – not change for its own sake, haphazard or unfaithful, but careful and principled when (in Reb Zalman’s computer-ese) Jewish “system files” need upgrades to keep the spiritual motherboard running strong. The path of innovation is built into Jewish life. Reb Zalman and Christensen both taught that disruptive innovators can’t rest on their laurels: shift happens. Only God is eternal.

The Wisdom Daily: Can Social Entrepreneurs Repair the World? May 14, 2015

"...My favorite commandment is tikun olam, repair the world. It's the single commandment that I feel has the potential to change the nature of humanity, and to unleash opportunities for all people to flourish. Perhaps social entrepreneurship is the modern halacha that guides us to enact tikun olam.

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, In Concert at the Jewish Home in New York City May 13, 2015

Co-sponsored by Romemu, Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, along with Shoshana Jedwab, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman join for a multi-generational chanting on Sunday, May 17 from 2:30 - 4:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the concert, contact Tammy Marshall at tmarshall@jewishhome.org or 212-870-4663.

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Janet R. Kirchheimer's Interview about BEHOLD and Holocaust poetry on Tweetspeak, Part III May 13, 2015

"BE•HOLD explores poetry about the Holocaust from the rise of Nazism to the current day. A fusion of cinema and poetry, each poem has its own style and visual island evoking a range of emotions. Poets and survivors and their descendants present the poems, creating a deep well of voices responding to evil and genocide. Between each poem-film will be music or interviews with experts (historians, poets, etc.)...."

The Wisdom Daily: New Research: Christianity on Decline May 13, 2015

"...How exciting - institutional religion with metaphysical maps, theologies, creeds, dogmas, and beliefs (that are simply wrong scientifically, philosophically, psychologically, and experientially) is weakening, as individuals feel more empowered to seek meaning and purpose across all boundaries.

The Wisdom Daily: A Turning Point for Faith in America? May 13, 2015

"Across the U.S., people are talking about the latest in religious news: According to research, numbers keep trending down among the most popular sects of institutional Christianity in America. Many wonder what this means about the role of faith in our communities and our private lives. While I believe atheism is not on the rise, and interest among individuals who seek spiritual fulfillment remains as vibrant as ever, the upshot is this: "If you believe in tradition, figure out how to use it in new and creative ways."...

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Epichorus’s sound is as diverse as its penchant for weaving musical legacies May 8, 2015

"How wide to let things stray — that’s the question in world music,” says composer and oud player Zach Fredman, the founder of the Epichorus, a Judeo Arabic retro-folk ensemble. You can see why the question has been on Fredman’s mind.

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