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Remembering the Shoah through Poetry and Film July 3, 2014

"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

The Wisdom Daily: Wisdom in the Face of Terror – For Naftali, Gilad and Eyal July 2, 2014

"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.

The Wisdom Daily: Redskins and Apaches Are Not the Same, Or How to Stop Undermining Ourselves July 1, 2014

"When I wrote last week about the dust up over the Washington Redskins' name, I really thought it was a "one and done" kind of deal. I wrote about why I hope the name is changed - it's at least potentially hurtful, and may be genuinely ugly. I also wrote about why legally compelling the team to do so, might be a sub-optimal solution because of free speech issues. I really thought that was it, at least until I read "The U.S. military's ongoing slur of Native Americans" in the Washington Post..."

Glenn Beck's 'Massive Transformation'? Maybe. June 30, 2014

"...lately, Beck has been discussing the divisiveness in American politics, lamenting how much demonizing there is and even admitting that he's contributed to the problem. And he's been collaborating publicly with liberal author Rabbi Irwin Kula on ways to fix the problem...."


By Alasdair Denvil from, 6/29/14

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Rabbis Have Feelings Too June 27, 2014

"These days it seems like I am always tired. Not the 5-am-wakeup-so-I-can-get-to-the-gym kind of tired. And not even the 11-pm-bedtime-after-a-long-night-of-meetings tired. And while those kids certainly tire me out, I don't think I can blame them for this one either. These days I'm tired because I'm empathizing more with each member of my community. People keep getting sick — really sick. Diagnoses of cancers left, right, and center.

The Wisdom Daily: Four Life Lessons from FIFA World Cup June 27, 2014

"Life lessons from the World Cup? Yup! Wisdom that will help you you live a better and happier life? You bet! Whether you are closely following the World Cup or not, you have probably seen the headlines proclaiming Team USA's loss to Germany, especially as it was a loss that got them into the next round of competion! How does that work?!..."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Explaining the Unexplainable in Minsk June 26, 2014

"“Yes,” I told the baffled American immigration official, “I was in Belarus for a roots trip.” But this in no way captured my experience of touring in the environs of Minsk with a German speaking group out of Austria...."

By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders blog on

The Wisdom Daily: Beyond Extremes: Why You Should Pay Attention to the Pew Political Survey Results June 25, 2014

"According to the report for the largest political survey in its history, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that "Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines - and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive - than at any point in the last two decades... producing rising animosity bordering on a sense of alarm" toward the opposite party.

The Wisdom Daily: Cleansing Yourself, Renewing Your Life June 24, 2014

"Do you have something in your life you just wish you could get over? Is there something you did, even long ago, which continues to hold you back? If you are like most people, then the answer is 'yes'. Whether it's through Lady Macbeth, characters in the Bible or moments in our own lives, we can all identify with the need to cleanse ourselves - to feel free of the stain of a past bad act or mistake that continues to haunt us or keeps us from becoming who we most want to be.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Reconnection June 18, 2014

"I've been given a gift this week -- the opportunity to open the door for someone who wanted to reconnect with Judaism. I know what it's like to be spiritually thirsty. I know what it's like to feel "on the outside," in galut -- exile -- from community and from God...."

By Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from her blog, Velveteen Rabbi

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