Personal Growth

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The Wisdom Daily: Your Job’s Not Meaningful? Think Again. May 26, 2015

"There are definitely times to make a change, when our heads and our hearts scream out that we're not making the most of our lives, not living with authentic connection to our most deeply held values. There are other times when we might do better to take a breath, and consider that - rather than changing what we're doing - we may be receiving an invitation to think about what we're doing in a new way.

The Wisdom Daily: Getting Real About the Black Experience May 21, 2015

"...Curing the disease of racism is not about changing hardcore racists. It's about the vast majority - the silent majority (most of us in this country) - understanding the lived experiences of our fellow human beings and citizens. Our minds are not changed because of intellectual arguments; as important as such arguments are, they come later. We change once we identify and empathize with the pain and the humanity of the other..."

Sleepless for Shavuot May 21, 2015

"...Rabbi Irwin Kula, an author, popular speaker, and a regular teacher at the JCC Tikkun believes the JCC’s Tikkun works for hundreds of people for two reasons: one, people want communal events that transcend denominations. “That’s part of everyone standing at Sinai,” he says. “It’s not an individual experience. Everybody’s there.”
The other magnet, he thinks, is the profound symbol of Sinai -- the idea that an enslaved people suddenly becomes free, with the law to embrace or not.

Is Shavuot dead? May 21, 2015

"...“We have no Jewish identity problems. Zero,” Rabbi Irwin Kula said when I asked him for his take on the new Pew. “People are now forming their identities in radically new ways.”... That means people, even millennials, are not abandoning Judaism. Just that where they find it wanting — whether in institutions, liturgy or ideology — they are mixing, blending, bending and switching to create a Judaism that works for them.

Brad Hirschfield: Where Was God? May 15, 2015

After this week‘s deadly Amtrak accident where 8 people were killed and more than 200 were injured, many people have asked Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, "Where was God?" "We’re asking for an explanation of the otherwise inexplicably bad", says Rabbi Hirschfield and that "God is in our own goodness, in our own compassion, and in our own caring." For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

How do we forgive the ‘Peeping Tom’ rabbi? Can we? May 14, 2015

"...unlike in some spiritual communities, Judaism holds that sins against God can be atoned by God, but sins against other humans cannot be forgiven until the offender takes action to fix it. Judaism specifies that an offender must admit his or her sin, in words, out loud before God; confess the sin publicly; apologize to the wronged party; offer restitution (where possible); and abandon the sinful behavior.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Renewing Disruptive Innovation May 14, 2015

"...We inherit a 2,000-year legacy of disruptive innovation – not change for its own sake, haphazard or unfaithful, but careful and principled when (in Reb Zalman’s computer-ese) Jewish “system files” need upgrades to keep the spiritual motherboard running strong. The path of innovation is built into Jewish life. Reb Zalman and Christensen both taught that disruptive innovators can’t rest on their laurels: shift happens. Only God is eternal.

The Wisdom Daily: Can Social Entrepreneurs Repair the World? May 14, 2015

"...My favorite commandment is tikun olam, repair the world. It's the single commandment that I feel has the potential to change the nature of humanity, and to unleash opportunities for all people to flourish. Perhaps social entrepreneurship is the modern halacha that guides us to enact tikun olam.

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, In Concert at the Jewish Home in New York City May 13, 2015

Co-sponsored by Romemu, Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, along with Shoshana Jedwab, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman join for a multi-generational chanting on Sunday, May 17 from 2:30 - 4:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the concert, contact Tammy Marshall at tmarshall@jewishhome.org or 212-870-4663.

From Clal

Janet R. Kirchheimer's Interview about BEHOLD and Holocaust poetry on Tweetspeak, Part III May 13, 2015

"BE•HOLD explores poetry about the Holocaust from the rise of Nazism to the current day. A fusion of cinema and poetry, each poem has its own style and visual island evoking a range of emotions. Poets and survivors and their descendants present the poems, creating a deep well of voices responding to evil and genocide. Between each poem-film will be music or interviews with experts (historians, poets, etc.)...."

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