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Rabbi Irwin Kula and Glenn Beck talk about the commonalities of the left and right on Blaze Radio. People have lost a sense of belonging, they no longer feel heard and feel a diminished sense of control over their lives. Interests have come to trump values and we need to work to restore values. It is possible to return to people a sense of belonging to something great in this country again through the process of rebuilding trust. Starts at 20 minute mark, runs through 35:20.
"I have always felt I could choose to believe, or not believe, that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. Admittedly, in the midst of another Gaza war with mistrust and hatred between Jews and Arabs deepening (if that is possible), in a conflict that really seems insoluble, with political leadership on both sides incapable of making the difficult decisions and the people on both sides not ready to push their leaders to do so, it is easy to despair. But despair is a lie we tell ourselves, especially those of us who are not literally in the war zone. It took a long time to get to this point and it will take myriad acts on a multitude of levels by ordinary citizens to change the trajectory. The fact is that evil, violence, and hate do not always win and even in these tragic days - and whatever one's politics and whomever one blames for this war - we need to be on the lookout for seeds of hope...."
"The war between Hamas and Israel drags on, with Hamas yet again rejecting the cease fire proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. But this post isn’t about ascribing blame, it’s about the increasingly difficult challenge of talking about the Middle East in any way that doesn’t focus on just that – on winning the blame game, as opposed to allowing the safety we have here in America to encourage conversation that might actually make a positive difference, whether our passion is for Israel or for Gaza..."
"This video of ESPN's Stuart Scott accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award is about way more than living with cancer - as if that would not be reason enough to watch. You can watch from the beginning, or pick it up at 6:50 when his speech begins, but either way you will be both inspired and enlightened.
"...We all have a tendency to read more from those who already think like us. So how do we navigate our way through the quagmire of information? One might try to distinguish between what is descriptive and what is opinion. But this isn’t always useful. We might hear a news report that begins by telling us how many Gazans died today and how many times Israel fired on Gaza. That is descriptive.
"Use your words," I remember saying to my children when they wanted to hit or bite during those terrible twos when children don't have the words to adequately communicate their feelings. Well, the words of diplomats and politicians, political scientists and pundits, intelligence and military experts, artists, religious leaders, and peace activists have all failed. We are killing each other rather than using our words.
"Are we better or worse off as a global community today than we were 45 years ago? If you were around then, do you remember where you were on July 20, 1969? Remember the wonder, hope, and possibility you felt when “with one small step” Neil Armstrong made history becoming the first person to set foot on the moon?"
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"The five steps described in this Washington Post article are the result of Harvard Psychologist, Richard Weissbourd and the Making Caring Common project which he directs. Like most lists, this one may make it seem far simpler than it is to actually accomplish the goal. On the other hand, the list could actually be distilled down to an even simpler, single step – and one which is even more immediately in each of our control than the kids we produce:..."
"In addition to this seeming to be my week to reflect on verbal responses to new situations (earlier this week, I wrote about the art of accepting compliments), the whole question of when to say "I'm sorry", and what those words mean, strikes very close to home with me. My guess is that it does the same for you. We hear those two little words so often, and probably say them as often, but what do they mean? Are they an expression of passive regret about a particular circumstance e.g.
"Lately I've been talking with rabbinic colleagues about how best to minister to our congregants who are struggling with the news out of Israel/Palestine. We're hearing from people who are unable to fall asleep because they can't stop thinking about the images of destruction and grief, or who wake up and immediately start agonizing about the conflict or worrying about loved ones..."