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"Who doesn't want to know that their life makes a difference - a difference that at least those closest to them will appreciate? Who among us doesn't want to be remembered? But how are memories created and preserved? What makes some things memorable and others forgettable? These questions have been at the center of society for most of human history. They lay at the center of many religions, much of politics, and so much more.
"Shanah Tova! Happy New Year! Who says so? The summer saw three Jewish kids and one Palestinian brutally murdered, followed by a war — one ended by a cease-fire that Hamas leaders are already threatening to end by Sept. 25 if they don’t get the results they want..."
"Here is a story that is emblematic of so much of what is wrong in our republic. As with many cities' transit systems, you can buy a card - in New York City it's called a MetroCard - and add value to it so that you do not need to buy a single ride each time you travel. Inevitably, at some point you swipe your card and the dreaded words "Insufficient Fare" appear..."
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"Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's violent attack on his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in February is very much in the news. It may cost Rice his career, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell his job, and it may invite us all to do more to address the all too common phenomenon of domestic abuse. It's also a story I take very personally..."
"I walked into the living room of one of our close family friends. Sitting quietly were my friend's 89 year-old father and mother. Just a couple of hours earlier they had heard from a cardiologist in a rather sudden and impersonal way, unfortunately with no family around, the statistics on how long he had to live given his heart condition. There was a mix of sadness and fear. My friends understandably didn't know exactly what to say. Who does? ..."
"All the final conversations [Rabbi Irwin Kula] had in his collection were about love. Not a single person used his or her last breathe to say, “Kill those bastards for what they have done…Be sure to get revenge…I hate them for what they did to me…Avenge my memory.” Every last word was an “I love you” of some variety. Here is what Rabbi Kula learned, “Then I recognized what the real Torah, the real wisdom…the real experience behind religion is…it is about love…and it’s no more complicated than that.
"Imagine a gathering of some 400 innovator junkies from every conceivable domain including education, medicine, music, space travel, fashion, food, gaming, homelessness, design, finance, journalism, cooking, philanthropy, photography, and yes, religion. Now imagine no ego, no selling, no obsessing about the next killer app and absolutely no cynicism. Instead, there is one fascinating, passionate, creative story-teller after another sharing their life-changing stories with one goal: to connect, inspire and transform...." Irwin Kula will be speaking at 3:00 pm Wednesday Sep. 17th and you can follow the conference on twitter at BizInnovationFactory@TheBIF and look for #BIF10.
"Do you pray before meals? Do you take a moment before eating to be grateful for the food you are about to enjoy? A restaurant in North Carolina is in trouble for offering customers a 15% discount if they pray before their meal. Obviously, this is perfect culture war material with some people praising the promotion of prayer and others criticizing the deal. Here is the story..."
In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. attempts to add some new spice to the High Holidays. It is intended for anyone who wishes that there were more prayers reflecting contemporary values, while at the same time remaining true to traditional cadences.
"I just returned from a week in Israel. And yeah, that means that I was there during the war with Hamas. In fact, the morning that we landed was the day that Hamas leadership pledged to resume rocket attacks on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. I wasn't traveling alone either. I was traveling with two of my daughters, one aged 13 and the other 18, who I was "dropping off" for a year of study at a Jerusalem seminary.So, am I some kind of crazy person who blithely wanders into war zones?