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The Wisdom Daily: A Pop-up Rabbi! June 25, 2015

"...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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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: I Desperately Want to Know…I am Not Just Asking June 24, 2015

"...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..."

The Wisdom Daily: Missing the Trees for the Forest June 23, 2015

"...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..."


Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, at Integral Yoga Institute In New York City June 19, 2015

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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The Widsom Daily: What’s In a (Father’s) Name? June 16, 2015

"...Perhaps the takeaway - the lesson I learn by reflecting on the meaning of Father's Day, even when my father has died - is that as fathers (and mothers), we should worry less about the family name and more about its values. And rather ironically, we may then be more likely to raise children who, because love and values trump name and "brand," end up worrying about the perpetuation of the family name!..."


"Bus Ride, Early September Morning" by Janet R. Kirchheimer June 11, 2015

"The young girl, who looks
no older than seven or eight,
her black hair draped
on her arms, leans out
of the bus window
as if she were sleeping.

Only her turquoise and black shirt,
ripped open, and the blood
streak down the side of the bus
tell you she is dead."

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Can Peace Be Bought and Sold? June 11, 2015

"Just about everything wrong with American/Western diplomacy in the Middle East in general, and with Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy in particular, is embodied by the study in this New York Times report, "Profit as an Incentive for Israeli-Palestinian Peace." The Rand Corporation (a nonprofit that researches public policy, with clients including the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) actually spent two years and $2 million compiling a 228-page study on the "opportunity costs" that woul

Rabbis sign on to Police Reform Bill Requiring Police to Get Permission to Search June 10, 2015

"More than 50 rabbis are urging the City Council to pass a police reform bill requiring cops to get permission to search residents....Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the lead signer, said the change would also benefit police by making citizens trust them more. It’s a justice issue, first and foremost,” he said...."

The Wisdom Daily: Whose Hands Mean the Most to You? June 10, 2015

"...I spent a lot of time tending to, and analyzing, my hands. Valuable for assisting us in nearly everything we do, hands are also meaningful for sentimental reasons.

Hands are evocative of memories, and they're telling of characteristics such as age, gender, marital status and career. I know exactly what the hands of each person I'm close to look like, even the hands of people I love but haven't seen in years...."

Rabbi Irwin Kula speaks at Aitz Hayim in Glencoe, IL - Honoring Barbara and Marc Slutsky June 10, 2015

Rabbi Irwin Kula, a founder of the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living, will be a guest speaker on Friday evening, June 12, to honor Barbara and Marc Slutsky for their years of service to the congregation and for shaking up Jewish tradition. His topic will be "Leading the Way." Aitz Hayim was founded 23 years ago and strives to make Judaism a joyful and thought-provoking experience.

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