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"It's pretty clear that Judaism doesn't like the idea of gossip. In fact, the Hebrew phrase for gossip is ‘lashon hara,’ ‘the evil tongue.’ ‘The evil tongue kills three people,’ the Talmud teaches us.
"Why me? Why now?
Beset by questions we pine after certainties. Well-meaning friends offer answers. Theologians expound. Politicians offer sound bites and tweets. The questions remain. The search continues...."
"...Why pray? I have asked this question in this space before. And, as I grow, I offer varying reasons for something, which I hold deep in my heart and I believe, can qualitatively change the nature of our lives. In this moment, I write to you about communal prayer. Why come together to pray? I think when we gather to pray, we experience a symbiotic connection. We could stay at home and pray by ourselves.
"...I came to see my experience was, ultimately, composed of my attention: As awareness touched the music, my attention touched something concrete and emergent. As awareness divided, the composition and my experience both seemed to simultaneously break down. With this insight, I resolved to let the performance, itself, teach me how to listen...."
"This week's big psychology headline: ‘Selfie-Takers More Likely to Overestimate Their Attractiveness, Study Finds’.
"...When I was younger I used to think my dad was odd because he never said goodbye. I assumed his quirky ‘so long’ was related to the Jewish goodbye, famous for taking several hours. ‘So long’ fits with the custom of stepping over the threshold when a guest leaves your home, to indicate your reluctance to see her leave. ‘So long’ is like the Hebrew l’hitraot or French au revoir.
"...In work and in life, don't we just want to find happiness, satisfaction, and open possibilities in what we might discover? Maybe we should start to reframe our view of ‘art’ and ‘creativity.’ Art is more than a hobby – it's an answer.
"...The Book of Deuteronomy warns us of the mindset of ‘my power and my might have gotten me all this wealth’. Power corrupts. For the first time in 2000 years the Jewish People have real political and military power, and I fear that it has gone to our head. Worse still, it has corrupted our religious ideology. We act as if God's promise of the land is equivalent to absolute ownership and as if absolute ownership allows us to trample the rights and the dignity of the indigenous Palestinians.
"Age doesn't resonate with me. I guess I see myself as twenty-three or so if I have to pick a number — finished with college, free to experiment because why not: no one is counting on me for support, and I have many years to find a niche. Those who know me are surely chuckling right now, but I'm just describing how I feel...."
"‘Thank you for not forgetting about us, Rabbi. ’These are the words of a member of one of the 20-plus Small but Proud Jewish communities that Rabbis Without Borders has served in the last six months since launching the Rabbinic Service Corps in 2015. Small but Proud communities are places around the U.S. that have lost Jewish organizational support over the last five to 10 years and are currently underserved to the extent that they are in serious danger of ceasing to exist in the next five to 10 years.