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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Should Jews Vote for Bernie? February 10, 2016

"...the fact that Sanders' Jewishness has not been a major factor in the campaign thus far is also telling. It says something about where we are as Jews in this cultural and historical moment in time: concerned with issues of Jewish continuity, mindful of the continued presence of anti-Semitism, and yet comfortable enough to have a Jewish candidate for President of the United States without it becoming a major issue...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Women Should Help Women February 9, 2016

"...Women should interrogate their own reactions to the candidates to see whether they are being influenced by the sexist bias in our national discourse. We should look deeper than the sound bites, the glee that ensues when it seems like women are turning on each other. Men should do this as well, not just women. It impacts us all, and it is easy to overlook....."

The Wisdom Daily: Can Smartphones Connect Us To The Divine? February 9, 2016

"...Was I, too, engaged in prayer, even if non-verbal, not directed at a particular deity and not part of a formal ritual? Was I in a non-denominational cathedral created from trees and logs and moss? Were my smartphone pictures visual expressions of gratitude for the world around me?..."

The Wisdom Daily: Why I Love My Open Mind February 8, 2016

"...think that's key. When you can conceive of changing your mind, you begin to open your imagination to all the vast mental spaces that aren't yours. You respect that the cognitive landscape you inhabit is expansive but limited. Another consciousness might have a line into different insights from yours...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Loving and Hating Valentines Day February 8, 2016

"...At the core of the successful romcom and romance novel is a fundamental spiritual truth; two people, separate and unique, whole each on their own, can bridge the enormous gulf that stands between them and connect. That connection is in Hollywood terms, ‘magic’ but I see it as holy. Sometimes that connection comes like a lightning bolt. Sometimes it comes after struggle to get over what divides us. But whatever the path, when it happens, it is amazing.

The Wisdom Daily: The "Poop" Super Bowl Ad Was Seriously Kind Of Funny February 8, 2016

"...Yes, I admit that I occasionally enjoy the ever-childish, poop joke. So, when a one minute - that's 10 Mil – spot features a guy who is so constipated that he envy's a dog straddling a fire hydrant, it brings a smile to my face. At least it does until I get that the ad is part of the more than 6 billion dollars spent each year by pharmaceutical companies on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs in the United States.

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 ( 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: Re-creating Ethics with My Daughter February 4, 2016

"My two-year-old is now in the stage where my wife and I are torn between encouraging our daughter's independence and our need to, say, get out the door in less than four hours. What's been fascinating to watch has been how her moral code is developing. If she's running away from us at bath time, for example, one of us will often go, ‘Where'd our good listener go? She was just here. She's missing!’ She'll then stop in her tracks, and run back to the bathtub and will beam when we say, ‘There she is!

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