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The Wisdom Daily: The Politically Incorrect Bobblehead July 16, 2015

"Nathan Hale had only one life to give for his country, but almost 250 years after his death, there's still plenty of Nathan Hale to go around, and that has upset a Yale-educated author a great deal. Let me explain. As a gift to university supporters, the Yale University class of 1975 recently offered a Nathan Hale bobblehead, a replica of a large bronze statue on the New Haven campus.

The Wisdom Daily: Judaism in America: It's (Probably) the End of the World as We Know It July 14, 2015

"...We Jews, however we understand ourselves and our Jewishness, are more integrally linked to the larger American culture in which we live than perhaps any previous generation of diaspora Jews, including past generations of American Jews. We are, like it or not, fully at home here. This is not some 21st-century version of Germany in the early 20th century, or a variation on Spain in the 12th. It's not even that I don't believe in Israel.

The Wisdom Daily: How Negative Thinking Boosts Problem Solving July 8, 2015

"It's much more fun and easy to imagine the good and positive things that can happen. There's a whole industry advancing "positive thinking" and "visualizing success." However, if we focus exclusively on why we're so right and so good and so smart, then when things do go wrong, we may not know how to respond."

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23 Year Anniversary Celebration of Aitz Hayim Kicks off with Rabbi Irwin Kula July 7, 2015

They call it "Joyful Jewish Living." That's what the synagogue's founders—Dr Marc Slutsky, Stephen Silberman and Rabbi Irwin Kula—had in mind 23 years ago when they created Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living, an innovative kind of Jewish community. Together with Cantor David Landau, they believed in engaging tradition to create experiences that speak to modern Jewish life.

Ivy League Advisor-Tribeca Innovative Leadership Summer Program for High School Students at Clal July 7, 2015

Ivy League Advisor in tandem with the Disruptor Foundation and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards are pleased to announce a unique innovative leadership program this summer July 27-31, 2015 to be held in New York City. This unique program targets high school students who are looking to discover themselves, develop their leadership skills, critical thinking, analytic skills and aiming to enhance themselves to become a strategic thinker in life.

The Wisdom Daily: An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust July 2, 2015

"...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..."

The Wisdom Daily: Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston June 30, 2015

"...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.

The Wisdom Daily: Dignity Above All June 29, 2015

"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 am an orthodox rabbi who doesn’t perform gay marriages, but I celebrate today’s Supreme Court decision June 26, 2015

"...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…

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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