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The Wisdom Daily: What Conflicting Cancer Studies Can Teach Us About Life February 4, 2016

"...Just as the world is filled with gurus of bootstrap independence, telling us that it's all about us and the choices that we make – that we can have the life we want if only we put our minds to it and live accordingly – there will be studies suggesting the same thing about cancer. Don't want cancer? Don't do x or y, and all will be well – at least about 80% of the time.

Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, PhD on the Deep Religious Resonance of Civil Rights February 4, 2016

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, President & Dean of Valley Beit Midrash (http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/) interviews Rabbi Dr. Tsvi Blanchard, renowned scholar and professor on the topic of Rabbi Blanchard's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Rabbi Blanchard talks about his involvement as being his way to express deep religious values, and to him, that moment in time, specifically the march on Selma in which he took part, was one of an important and genuine consensus on a major national value."

The Wisdom Daily: We Need To Start Aiming To Be Happy Instead Of Rich February 4, 2016

"...Being rich is the ability to embrace and be grateful for the abundance of things that make life incredible. This includes understanding our unique qualities, realizing our own potential, harnessing our distinct strengths, and giving and receiving our self to our family, friends and community.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: More than Enough: So Hard to Say Thank You February 3, 2016

"...The truth is, for many of us, that it’s not always so easy to stop and give thanks. How often do we stop and really think about the deeper meaning of the abundance of blessing that may be in our lives? Thanking can be a difficult and complex process when we are not always aware of the things for which we should be thankful. To be able to have the consciousness to be able to thank, we have to be able to understand clearly what is actually happening around us.

The Wisdom Daily: Hollywood Is The New Religion: And That's A Good Thing February 3, 2016

"...The magic of storytelling has not been lost or abandoned. It has relocated: Hollywood is the heir to religious storytelling. Film and television inspire our sense of wonder and connect us to big ideas. Religious stories don’t do that for everyone anymore. But we still need this inspiration, and we can still get it if we go to the right place...."

The Wisdom Daily: I Didn't Love My Wife When We Got Married February 2, 2016

"I’m a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap. I guess that’s why I told my wife I loved her on our second date. I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly. I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably be weird.I still remember her reaction. She kind of gave me this half-shy, half-amused smile. Then she nodded and looked off into the sky. I wasn’t heartbroken by the response.

Brad Hirschfield on Whether Religion Matters When Voting for President February 1, 2016

According to a Pew Research Center survey about 50% of Americans say its important to have a president who shares their religious perspective. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield says that Americans know what the presidential hopefuls’ believe, in terms of doctrine or church affiliation, but "are willing to support a candidate who aren’t tied to a church or tradition" like theirs as long the candidate’s "sense of policy and purpose resonate with their, the voters, religious values." View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

Dr. James Doty and Rabbi Irwin Kula for "Into The Magic Shop" at Strand Books, Feb. 2nd at 7 PM February 1, 2016

"Two highly respected experts (Dr. James Doty is the head of Stanford's Center for Compassion and Autism Research and Education, and Rabbi Irwin Kula is the president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) will lead an intellectually charged discussion about how the head and the heart are connected.

The Wisdom Daily: When A Concentration Camp Turns Into A Luxury Resort February 1, 2016

"What would you say to the idea of turning a former concentration camp into a luxury beach-front hotel? No, this is not some theoretical ethics quiz, nor is it the latest project from the European television producers who created a supposed ‘reality’ TV show that invited participants to ‘re-enact’ living through the holocaust.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Who are the Jewcurious? January 31, 2016

"Carolyn is Baptist. She always will be. And she comes to my synagogue regularly. By regularly, I mean she comes to everything. Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study, holiday celebrations, Adult Ed. Everything. Although she brings her Bible and her faith in Jesus along with her to every synagogue function, she doesn’t come to evangelize. And she’s not interested in converting to Judaism. She’s just interested in what Judaism has to offer...."

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