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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.

Brad Hirschfield on Bowe Bergdahl and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2014

his week the news was dominated by the decision of the Obama administration to orchestrate a prisoner swap with the Taliban, bringing home Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who had been in captivity for five years in exchange for five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. This week also marks the 70 anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy that began to turn the tide of WWII.

The Wisdom Daily: Eddie Izzard’s Acts of Gods June 3, 2014

"Oscar Wilde once said, "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they will kill you." Eddie Izzard, the surreal, free-associative, British comic embodies this wisdom. I saw this self-described "action transvestite" at a wildly crazy, funny show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC the other night on his Force Majeure Tour - a title that derives from the French "Acts of God". Force Majeure deals with grand philosophical ideas but if it has a theme it's simple: There is no God!..."

‘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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Rabbi Owen Gottlieb at 2014 GAMES LEARNING SOCIETY 10 PLAYFUL LEARNING SUMMIT May 30, 2014

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb will participate and teach at The Games+Learning+Society 10 Conference begins Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the University of Madison-Wisconsin’s Memorial Union with the second annual GLS Playful Learning Summit (PLS). The GLS PL Summit promotes professional development opportunities to celebrate and deepen educators’ use of games in various educational settings, and fosters collaboration among teachers, designers, researchers and others throughout the elementary to higher education continuum.

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?..."

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

"Call me idealistic, but I think interfaith dialogue can save lives. My favorite example comes from the memoir of Zivia Lubetkin, the only woman on the command staff of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1940, Lubetkin and fellow youth leaders took in the orphaned teens arriving in the Warsaw ghetto. In response to dehumanization of Jews, they organized underground schools for their teens. In response to scarcity, they organized work permits. When scarcity progressed to starvation, they put the teens to work in soup kitchens.

Brad Hirschfield on Fear and "Happy" in Tehran May 23, 2014

This week seven young Iranians were arrested for creating a video of Pharell Williams's hit song "Happy". The move was motivated by fear, according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, "rather than lash out in anger and in fear at someone doing something you don't approve of, raise up and celebrate what which you do believe."

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