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"...Rarely does individual success occur in a vacuum, but rather, in the context of others whose contributions, whether large or small, make a success possible. Our great moments as a nation have been about the spirit of American generosity and collectivity, just as much as rugged individualism - not necessarily all at the same time, but still very much a part of our shared identity…What we need to do is build up trust in both individual capacity/responsibility, and in those institutions which enable the accomplishments that none of us can do alone..."
As we approach Independence Day, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reflects on the meaning of that key phrase from the Declaration of Independence, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", through the lens of recent events in South Carolina, Washington, DC and the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch the Faith on the Record video below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...The truth: I am "not a racist" - but racism is my problem. And while my sadness and even my words may matter, standing with people matters more, if I am to be part of the solution.
"Earlier that day, in the president's response to the marriage milestone, he said: "Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times - a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American."
"...I celebrate today because in fact, the opposite of all of those was accomplished today. My “side” did not lose, because my side is never defined by any one position on a matter of ritual or liturgy, no matter how important that matter may be. My side, I hope, is God’s side, and the God in whom I believe is infinite — bigger and more complex than can be reduced to any single decision, or even any single tradition, for that matter…
"...One of the most interesting things about this Jewish wisdom "pop-up retail" is that, unlike religious authorities in most institutional religion, Knopf isn't obsessed with membership, with controlling the outcome or making people in his image. He cares about offering people wisdom aligned with what they need in the moment, hoping to serve them on their particular journey..."
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"...I believe in the depth of dichotomy. I have learned volumes from the wisdom of the dialectic. I know the diverse contours of our Nation call for different needs from different types of people. We are all entitled to our point of view. But, given the sleepless nights our country has experienced this past week, I beg from others only what I am asking from myself: that is, simply to engage in a complicated, civil conversation, without running for cover from “dug-in” positions. There is simply too much as stake..."
"...How often do we invoke "the big picture," or other grand principles, in ways which distract us from the beauty, power and potential of "the little picture," i.e, the details at hand? It's not that the big stuff is unimportant. But sometimes, if we allow ourselves to look more closely, and feel more deeply, we might discover that the "small stuff" can be just as big and quite fulfilling..."
Don't miss Rabbi Andrew Hahn, PhD — the Kirtan Rabbi's summer appearance at Integral Yoga Institute New York City. It promises to be both deep and fun, with chants off of the new album, Nondual, blasts from the past, and some new surprises. Featuring Shoshana Jedwab and the posse and welcoming Jordan Brooks on bass.
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[Rabbi Irwin Kula stated] "The truth is that nobody in power wants to change the power dynamics. [But] all people with power have to be restrained sometimes. And that is in the best interests of the people exercising power because it restores trust and the transparency that is the basis of trust."