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The Wisdom Daily: Human Rights For Real November 21, 2014

"We are all for freedom and for human rights in general. But we also know that our commitment to insure that people live in free societies with human rights is often compromised, consciously and unconsciously, by both our individual and national self-interests.

The Wisdom Daily: Are You Still an FOP: Fan of the Pope? November 19, 2014

"Pope Francis has engaged and inspired millions of non-Catholics, former Catholics and alienated Catholics since assuming his position as global leader of the Catholic Church. He is both a spiritual master and global celebrity, so yes, the world is now filled with FOPs - Fans Of the Pope. Only now, some of them may be reconsidering their views, though I am not sure that that is fair, at least not to Pope Francis..."

Tzemah Yoreh: Book of Mercy November 17, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Bible Criticism Scholar Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. writes that in J's version of the Genesis account the world wasn't created in seven days, it was already there. God was not an aloof deity whose mere words could create worlds, but an insecure and entirely immanent being.

Brad Hirschfield on Removing Religious Holidays from the School Calendar November 13, 2014

This week, the Board of Education in Mongomery County, Maryland voted 7 to 1 to eliminate references to all religious holidays in their published calendar for 2015-2016. They acted in response to a request from the community's Muslim leaders that the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha be added alongside holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hoshanah.

The Wisdom Daily: The Future Starts Here November 13, 2014

"We all know and feel that science and technology are transforming how we work, love, and play. Our lives are being affected inside and out: how our brain works, how we communicate, connect and create, how we parent and politic, how we learn and heal and die, our lifestyle and culture. There are techno-utopians who think this is the be-all end-all and techno-dystopians who think this is simply the end.

Priorities that could move our Jewish community forward November 12, 2014

Publisher Jaime Stern of the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix was among the panelists discussing what the community’s priorities should be at a Valley Beit Midrash event held at Congregation Beth Israel on Oct. 22. Jewish News published a recap, “Panel addresses community priorities,” in the Oct. 31 issue. Readers have asked that we provide more information on what was discussed. What follows is an adaptation of her prepared remarks in which she mentions Rabbi Irwin Kula.

The Wisdom Daily: Is Football the New Tobacco? November 11, 2014

"Could football really be the new tobacco, as suggested by the cover of the NY Times Magazine and to be fair, by The Dish's Andrew Sullivan 2.5 years ago? Before you go calling me some nanny state, un-American alarmist just looking for one more legitimate pleasure that people should be free to enjoy, watch this video which details the brain damage sustained by high school football players..."


The Wisdom Daily: Songwriting: Saving Veterans Lives November 10, 2014

"Darden Smith is an innovator of the human spirit. I met this charismatic, humble, talented, Texas musician / singer / songwriter a couple of months ago at the BIF10 innovation summit where with guitar in hand, he told his story of how the pursuit of the song has kept him on this planet.

The Wisdom Daily: Merkel's Wall Fall Message November 10, 2014

"November 9th marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that event to be proof that “dreams do come true”. Having spoken at the Reichstag, and felt the wonder of being able to do so, I know what she means..."

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Tzemah Yoreh: Conquering Canaan November 10, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. writes that in the first version of the book of Joshua, the kernel if you will, the Israelites barely make a dent in population density, since they conquer only two cities (Jericho and Ai), the real conquest begins only in the book of Judges and is gentler to the nations already inhabiting Canaan (i.e. not all of them are killed).

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