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The Wisdom Daily: When You Look in the Mirror, What Do You See? June 11, 2014

"What we see in the mirror may be one of the most powerful forces in how we live our lives. That view shapes our aspirations and expectations - sometimes for good and sometimes not - but the power of self-image is pretty hard to over-estimate. That's what makes it especially important to address the fact that a negative view is terribly common...."

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The Wisdom Daily: Imagining the Back Story – How Great Art Teaches this Skill June 10, 2014

"...When you see a scene - someone cutting you off on the road, someone who is argumentative, your child acting rudely, your colleague interrupting or ignoring you - before you react, try becoming a story teller who gives the benefit of the doubt. Imagine for a moment what might have caused the scene that can evoke some laughter and even some compassion.

‘There’s a boogeyman named Glenn Beck’: Rabbi explains how he and Glenn overcame their differences and became friends May 30, 2014

Rabbi Irwin Kula sat down with Glenn Beck to discuss the evolution of their relationship and the lessons it has for change, dialogue and connecting with others on a larger scale.

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The Wisdom Daily:Innovating For Empathy – Can a New App Connect Strangers? May 30, 2014

"We are hardwired to feel unease and even fear of strangers. In fact, every religion on the planet (at least at their most evolved levels) teaches us to "love the stranger". Well, it's pretty clear religion with its technologies (wisdom and practices) has not gotten the job done. But what if there were new innovative technologies that could help us nurture empathy for the stranger?

The Wisdom Daily: Crossing the Line: Can We Be Too Good, Too Spiritual or Too Moral? May 30, 2014

"Goodness, spirituality, and morality. Since you are reading this at The Wisdom Daily, you are probably positively pre-disposed to all three. We all know of course, that you can have too much of a good thing, so why not too much of a cherished positive value?..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Like Ruth, I’m an Immigrant May 28, 2014

"Next week is the festival of Shavuot. There are many themes in the Book of Ruth, traditionally read at this time, but it is not difficult to find the story of an immigrant in this book, and all that is gained when the stranger is greeted with compassion and provided with the opportunity to make a life and contribute positively to a society, instead of hiding in the shadows...."

The Wisdom Daily: The Power of Do-Overs and Hitting Your Re-Set Button May 27, 2014

"How often have you wished for a "do-over"? You know what I mean. You make a decision or follow a path, and it doesn't play out as you hoped and planned. I know, in many ways that's the definition of life, and making the best of that reality is really important. Sometimes though, we don't want to make the best of what is, we want to roll back the tape of our lives and start again - we want a do over, and what's wrong with that? Actually nothing at all. In fact, we begin life with an innate sense that we are all entitled to at least the occasional do over..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Does Interfaith Dialogue Work? May 26, 2014

"...Why am I so idealistic when others are so cynical? Why do I hold out high hopes when others lose faith in dialogue? Perhaps it’s partly my open-ended view of what counts as interfaith “dialogue.” Dialogue is conversation, communication, an exchange of speech. Speech comes in many forms, some nonverbal; communication can come simply through shared experience..."

"Making Light in Terezin" - Laugh With Us in the Face of Death May 22, 2014

"Making Light in Terezin" is a remarkable film that tells the true story of how, in the darkest days of WWII, Jewish prisoners fought back against the Nazis by singing, dancing and laughing. As Rabbi Irwin Kula writes in the foreword to the companion book to the film, "We divide the world between victims who went passively to their deaths and those who courageously fought and killed the enemy.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: To Minsk on a Prayer May 22, 2014

"I am going to Minsk. It is a strange choice indeed. All I keep thinking in my head is, “didn’t our people work hard to get out of there?” More than that, my great grandmother was taken there against her will. Brought by train to a forest and along with thousands of other cultured, educated, Viennese Jews she was shot. So why the heck would I choose to go there voluntarily?..."

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