Personal Growth

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: ‘Klinghoffer’ As Gateway To Dialogue October 22, 2014

"For the past few weeks, my email and social media have been inundated with discussions and links to flyers, articles and events that all support the opposition, protest and even disruption of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s production of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer.” And I disagree with each one..."

The Wisdom Daily: With New Song, Glen Campbell Teaches Loss and Healing October 22, 2014

"Glen Campbell's newest, and likely last, song will make you cry and give you comfort, especially if like me, you know people with Alzheimer's Disease, or other forms of dementia. Titled "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", the song invites us to think deeply about what it is we really mourn as we see a loved one drift out of the world. Is it their pain, or ours? I wrestled with that question a lot as my father was dying, and wrestle with it still as others I love suffer with dementia..."

Tzemah Yoreh: And the Goddess Said October 20, 2014

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses “What if the Bible was dominated by strong female voices instead of males? Would we relate to the Bible differently? In this new experiment, I switch the gender of every character in the Biblical text and wait for readers' reactions.”

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Solving the Prisoner's Dilemma: The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met October 19, 2014

"Game theory’s famous Prisoner’s Dilemma has many variations. Consider the case where two “rational” individuals who might not cooperate even when it’s in their best interest; “irrational” behavior, albeit riskier, can lead to a better outcome for each. Are we witnessing a solution to the Prisoner’s Dilemma unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera?..."

The Wisdom Daily: Conflict Kitchen: Eating Our Way to Understanding October 16, 2014

"Do you realize how little we know about the countries with which we are in conflict? Outside of the polarizing rhetoric of politicians and the narrow lens of media headlines, what do we know about countries we consider our enemies? An eatery in Pittsburgh, PA has an innovative and savory way of addressing this..."

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Is Extreme Fitness Replacing Religion? October 16, 2014

Extreme fitness programs have become a multi-billion dollar industry. What drives people to train like Navy SEALS? According to Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily, “longing for experience over what makes rational sense is a very real piece of what it means to be human”, and that longing for experience is reflected in the way Americans currently view religion.

The Wisdom Daily: Magic We Can All Perform: Transforming a Life October 15, 2014

"Over 4.9 million people have viewed Rob Anderson's magic act in which he tears up a homeless man's sign, only to put it back together with an extra surprise which he then gives to the gentleman. In a world of what often feels like endless competition for clicks and views, it's easy to confuse success with making a difference. Sometimes though, virtual virality - nothing to sneeze at - opens the door to real world change..."

The Wisdom Daily: Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems October 14, 2014

"My Oh My, sings the prophet/poet Leonard Cohen on his just released new album, Popular Problems. Simply put: this is a majestic, mysterious, magical, meaning-saturated masterpiece that I have listened to every day since I bought it. What are the Popular Problems Cohen alludes to?

My Yom Kippur Sermon: My Statement of Values – Signing Myself Into the Book of Life October 14, 2014

"Last night, I spoke about the importance of symbolically signing the Book of Life and leaving a permanent mark on this world. I urged us all to actually sign our own Book of Life that is in the hallway – and I invite those who haven’t yet done so, to please add your signature!

Tzemah Yoreh: Genesis: Israel's Origins October 13, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses the issue that in the earliest version of Genesis there is no creation story or flood. Abraham appears out of nowhere in Canaan. Isaac is killed for his father’s sins and Jacob and his seven sons are the founders of Israel. The brothers don’t sell Joseph down to Egypt and Judah doesn’t exist. Genesis: Israel’s Origins traces the slow development of this uniquely divergent account into the canonical text of the Book of Genesis.

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