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Janet R. Kirchheimer on BE•HOLD and Holocaust Poetry in Tweetspeak April 29, 2015

"I believe poetry picked me. It wasn’t my decision. I [subsequently] met filmmaker Richard Kroehling at a conference, and we discussed our mutual love of poetry. I gave him a copy of my book, “How to Spot One of Us.” Two weeks later, we talked about making a film exploring Holocaust poetry. We’re now making BE•HOLD...."

The Wisdom Daily: Mount Everest: Just Because We Can Doesn’t Mean We Should April 28, 2015

"...In thinking about Mount Everest, there's a lesson for all of us in the events there. And while it's not meant to detract from the mourning process, it demands attention whether we are adventure-seekers or not. It's about seriously integrating this wisdom teaching: Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should do it..."

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The Wisdom Daily: College Admissions Heartbreak: A Bounce-Back Guide April 27, 2015

"...How we deal with disappointment ultimately says much more about who we are than whether we are accepted into that first-choice college. Our future is not determined, and our worth is not established, by which schools say Yes to us and which say No. The most exclusive schools have no monopoly on entrepreneurial success, innovative spirit, corner offices, political office, or the most prestigious academic and scientific grants..."

Brad Hirschfield on the Violent Reaction to Women of the Wall April 24, 2015

Religious freedom is in the news again, as Israelis rebel against rules about where and how women can pray. This week, some praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem reacted violently when members of the Women of the Wall advocacy group defied traditional (gender-based) restrictions on public expressions of faith. An angry riot reportedly ensued among the ultra-Orthodox witnesses, and Rabbi Hirschfield thought about this: "Why would people behave that way? What was going on? Where does love of your fellow Jew, also a tradition, factor into their thinking?" For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

Tastes of Eternity with the Kirtan Rabbi at Celebrate the Week of Netzach in LA April 22, 2015

Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, offers three sessions at the Jewish Wisdom and Wellness Festival of Learning from April 29 to May 1, 2015.

Wednesday, April 29 - The Mysterious Healing Power of the Mourners’ Kaddish: Heart, Song and Word. Go deep into the power of the Mourner's Kaddish through meditation, chanting and text study. More information and a video may be found at Jewish Wisdom and Wellness....

Thursday, April 30 - Tai Chi Prayer: Techiyat ha-Meitim and the Tailbone. Get your Chi/ruach on! In this Jewish tai chi class, learn how proper attention to the tailbone and spine is crucial to health, longevity and energy. Information and a video may found may be found at Jewish Wisdom and Wellness....

Friday, May 1 - Kabbalat Shabbat Healing Service. The Kirtan Rabbi joins with Rabbi Neil Commess-Daniels and Cantor Diane Rose for a restorative and balancing service based in music, chant, dance and meditation. Information and a video may be found at Jewish Wisdom and Wellness....

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Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, with Bibi McGill at Pico Union Project Downtown in L.A. May 2nd April 22, 2015

In celebration of the new album, Kirtan Rabbi: Nondual, Rabbi Andrew Hahn is making his first appearance at Craig Taubman’s Pico Union Project in downtown L. A. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:00pm. The evening features the Kirtan Rabbi with Bibi McGill Beyoncé's lead guitarist), Deanna Neil, Jeff Stern, Ethan Phillips, Zack Lodmer of OmShalom Yoga and others to be announced.

Service: The Path Back In to Israel for Young Jews on Their Way Out April 22, 2015

"...At this complex moment in Israel-diaspora relations, service is an approach that deserves focused attention. Unprecedented numbers of young Jews are coming of age with deep questions about Israel, and many of them are unlikely to walk through the doors of any institutions in our existing communal infrastructure, like Hillels, AIPAC, or Jewish Federations. However, if we provide Next Gen Jews with ways to come to Israel to live out their values, we may be able to connect them to their Jewish identity in a different way. Next Gen Jews strongly identify as global citizens. Thousands of them travel all over the developing world with dozens of emerging new programs that give them a chance to help at-risk populations. It is critical that we provide such opportunities in Israel as well, and Yahel was created to do just that..."

The Wisdom Daily: When We Self-Sacrifice, What Really Motivates Us? April 21, 2015

"...We often think of sacrifice as something unpleasant in the short-term, but deeply rewarding in the long-term. Yet we forget that a sense of sacrifice can be used both for good and for evil. Indeed, it's important to remember that very rarely do people view themselves or their actions as evil. Rather, most people see themselves as righteous and good human beings..."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Yom Hazikaron in the USA: What Israel’s Memorial Day Can Teach Us About The Holidays April 21, 2015

"...But I also think there is a deep lesson we, as American Jews, can draw from Yom Hazikaron. The force that makes Yom Hazikaron so powerful to Israelis is its existentialilty, its visceral nature. What if we were to begin to treat the Jewish holidays here in the same way? What if we were to teach and celebrate Hanukkah, Purim, and other core Jewish holidays not as (quasi-)historical remnants of our tradition but as living, breathing embodiments of our present-day Jewish identity?..."

The Wisdom Daily: If Our Tech Revolution Slows Down, What’s Next? April 20, 2015

"... It's precisely when one revolution ends that the next one can begin. For a half century, the race has been to make things smaller, lighter, faster. And this amazing race has brought us more gifts than we can count. But human attention is finite, so that race also left us with less time, energy and money to invest in other areas of innovation that might have made us slower.

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