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Why I Must March January 16, 2017

"...I must march. I am a woman in a male-dominated profession. I have been sneered at, grabbed, and sexually harassed. I have been ignored, belittled, and undervalued. I will march to show that none of this will stop me. I hope to join thousands of women who feel the same way, thousands who will raise their voices to be heard. Who will not settle for being treated as second class citizens in this great country of ours...."

Religion little more than ‘politics in drag,’ rabbi says ahead of inauguration January 12, 2017

"‘This really is the death of religion as an important force to repair society,' [Rabbi Irwin] Kula said. 'All that religion has become in America is a force to be used by political powers.'

As a result, on inauguration day, no matter who is praying or what they say, the polarization and politicization of the United States will be on display, Kula said.

Even so, Kula said he’s curious to see what Graham and Hier say in their prayers.

"Imprints," Chosen For Best of Bearings Online, 2016 January 12, 2017

"Imprints," a poem by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, is one of the top five popular poems in the online journal, as well as one of the top five most shared articles/poems for 2016. Bearings Online is a journal of Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies, a place of scholarship, worship, dialogue, and community immersed in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer.

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The Wisdom Daily: Why You Should Leave Your Loved Ones A Record Of Your Legacy January 12, 2017

"I recently received an amazing piece of mail. A large envelope arrived at my office, containing a letter and a bound document. The letter referred to a sermon I gave some 14 years ago. At that time, I encouraged each person present to create an ethical will – a personal statement of values, beliefs, stories – whatever it was that was they believed was their legacy. The bound document accompanying the letter was in fact the writer's ethical will.

The Wisdom Daily: How A Terrifying Encounter With A Dog Shook My Faith In Nature January 11, 2017

"I have always viewed Mother Nature as being synonymous with happiness. It is literally the center of all things ‘Life.’ If you took five minutes right now to step outside and be one with nature, you would experience thousands of things all at once: the subtlety of the earth breathing, the wind blowing onto your face, the sunshine warming your body, the birds tittering in your ears. It's all there, whether we notice it or not.

The Wisdom Daily: How Idealizing A Deceased Parent Affects The Living One January 11, 2017

"...We all love our ghosts, but sometimes we can resent them too. For parents who lost mates and raised children without them, the ghost-mate sometimes looms larger in disembodied legend and longing than they might have if death had not taken them early.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Make Your Voice Heard January 11, 2017

"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week.
People want to be together in new and powerful ways...."

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By Rabbi Seth Goldstein, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com

Make Your Voice Heard January 11, 2017

"A strange thing happened in the wake of the election, and is intensifying now that the inauguration is next week. People want to be together in new and powerful ways. For all of the talk of division and schism in this country, there also is a galvanizing and unifying force that is bringing people together to work for social change in a way that feels somewhat unprecedented.

The Wisdom Daily: My Squelched Dream Of Intellectual Freedom January 10, 2017

"It was shockingly warm for late October in Boston, and I decided to hold my college class outside, on the library's rooftop. There's something magical about that rooftop. On a clear day, sky, city, and sun are all visible, and students often settle into deep yet comfortable conversation as they savor the novelty of a different location.

The Wisdom Daily: Was It Car Troubles...Or A Message From My Intuition? January 10, 2017

"...Yes, a false start. Not a bad start, as I met some cool people and we shared belly laughs and writing tips. But also not a true start. Perhaps I needed to learn, for the umpteenth time, to honor my instincts, no matter what. I just need to pay as close attention to them as I do to the car's console, even if they don't flash red and orange and, at times, are as hard to discern as a faint pulse under a thick sweater...."

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