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The Wisdom Daily: When Forgetting is a Gift October 3, 2013

Sometimes we need to let the past be in the past. It's not always easy, and it's not always appropriate, but sometimes forgetting the past is the best way to create a better future. Forgetting can be a remarkable gift – allowing ourselves to forget past pains and things which we regret, and pledging to forget the bad acts of others. Most of us have past moments which we wish were different, and many of us carry those past hurts and resentments which in turn shape our present.

The Wisdom Daily: When Life Gives You Lemons, Throw a Party October 3, 2013

What would you do if forty days before your daughter’s wedding it gets called off? In your disappointment, would you stew in sadness, would you cancel everything, try to get your money back?...
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New Hope For Gay Orthodox Jews October 1, 2013

"The holidays are over. Through the fasting and food, the succession of pageant, discomfort, reconciliation and exultation, a single moment continues to stands out. Every year for more than 30 years I have found the Yom Kippur afternoon service Torah reading unnerving — and this year I did not...."

By Steve Greenberg from The Jewish Week, Opinion

Separate Together: Just Married Can we have both universality and distinctiveness? B’REISHIT September 28, 2013

"The story of Adam and Eve is about and for all of humanity, not just Jews. After all, they are not the first Jews but the first humans..."

By Rabbi Heidi Hoover from Sacred Stories: A Living Commentary on American Jewish History and the Hebrew Bible,

Setting the Course: SIMCHAT TORAH September 27, 2013

"In every generation there are people who are able to recognize that in their time, in their day, it is their leadership that will make a difference in the world. The way in which the community understands a person’s leadership will forever memorialize the impact of that individual. V’zot HaBracha is the final portion in the five books of the Torah..."

Even if We Are Not Free, We Are Still Responsible September 25, 2013

"Maureen O’Connor was the first woman elected as the mayor of San Diego, and served six years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. By all accounts, she was a pretty effective public servant and was even called “a goody two-shoes” by a reporter who had covered her career. But ... earlier this year, O’Connor was charged with money laundering. [She had] gambled so much that she won and lost over two billion...dollars. But there’s a wrinkle to this story.

Living the Land: Sukkot September 19, 2013

"Jews have long been known as “the people of the book,” connected deeply to Torah (Hebrew scripture) and Jewish law (Talmud and later commentaries). However, in biblical times, agriculture was deeply rooted into Jewish life and culture; growing cycles and harvests were connected to most Jewish historical holidays. Today, Jews celebrate holidays through their related biblical stories often forgetting the historic agricultural connections..."

The Wisdom Daily is Here! September 18, 2013

We are thrilled to announce the launch of The Wisdom Daily website located at! We are looking forward to the wide audience we know we'll reach and all the meaningful conversations we'll have together.
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Desert Trials September 17, 2013

Like beautifully layered rock formations lining the walls of a desert canyon, so is the Biblical text as Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. makes it accessible to modern readers. Story is piled upon story until the foundations are invisible. Those foundations tell a different story—one that only a trained geologist can tease from the rock, one that only a Biblical philologist, trained in the dissection of literature, can find in the text.

Colorado floods of ‘biblical proportions’ September 16, 2013

"What is it about weather stories that engage us even when the story has no real effect on us? I think it is because weather is one of the few things left, before which actually feel small. Weather stories, or more accurately their enduring popularity, speak to the sense of awe and majesty that have departed from so many areas of our lives...."

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