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The Wisdom Daily: Confessions of an Unrepentant Tribalist July 29, 2016

"I am a tribalist – full stop. I admit it, I am proud of it, and I invite others to appreciate the wisdom of that approach even as tribalism often gets a bad rap in more “enlightened” circles. I will nuance what that means, and certainly appreciate that commitment to tribalism, like any commitment, however elevated or base it may be, can be taken to dangerous extremes.

The Sacred Calling, a new book, features Clal's Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu July 29, 2016

Newly published The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate is a collection of essays that examine the ways in which women in the rabbinate have impacted all aspects of Jewish life, from Jewish feminism to congregational culture and beyond. Featuring a historic transcription of an interview with the first officially ordained woman rabbi, Rabbi Sally Priesand, The Sacred Calling explores the trajectory and impact of women’s leadership in Judaism over the past half century.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Daughters of Change July 28, 2016

...."It isn’t that we haven’t known for millennia that women can harness political power, or be wise, or even because women can be just as spectacular schlemiels as men, but there is a taste of redemption in being able to walk into the tent and change the laws as part of the normal body of humanity, asserting our equality and ability, rather than asking someone else to do it for our benefit – and hoping that they’ll agree with us what is to our benefit.’"

Kabbalat Shabbat Satsang at Integral Yoga with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi July 27, 2016

Kabbalat Shabbat Satsang at IYI – Free and Open to All!

Friday, July 29th – 7:30 to 9:30pm

Integral Yoga Institute of New York
227 West 13th Street (between 7th & 8th Aves.)
New York NY 10011

Sat in Sanskrit means truth; sangha means kehilah, or community.

Elie Wiesel’s Heroism, And Hiddenness July 27, 2016

"What can I say of Elie Wiesel that has not already been said? And all of it is true. That he — peerlessly — got the world to pay attention and to grasp the enormity of the Holocaust, as well as the central importance of coming to grips with it for the sake of the future.

What We Can Learn About a Hillary Clinton Presidency From the Experience of Women Rabbis July 26, 2016

"...Clinton will continue to make use of relationship-building as a coalition-building and acceptance-garnering technique—and I have no doubt that, despite this, her leadership style will continue to be misunderstood. Perhaps—until one day, maybe it isn’t. This too is a chronic problem. “I lead a highly selective fellowship programs for rabbis called Rabbis Without Borders,” said Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu.

Rabbis Without Borders In the Field: Towards A More Perfect Union July 26, 2016

...."I get impatient sometimes, not just on the national level, but on the level of my synagogue community. There too, it’s hard to get anything done quickly. Nearly everyone involved is a volunteer, valiantly working to fit in synagogue tasks around full-time jobs, family, and other other obligations. Many decisions must be discussed and approved by the board of trustees, which meets monthly. I’m not the only one who sometimes—often, even—wish we could move forward more quickly.

The Wisdom Daily: 5 Powerful Ways Your Dreams Can Wake You Up to Life July 25, 2016

"Everyone knows that getting a good night’s sleep is key to living a healthy, balanced life. But what about getting a good night’s dream? Dreams are survival skills. They give us something to hope for, something to strive for, and something to wake up with, to keep in our heads and hold in our hearts. If we choose to see dreams as the proactive forces that guide us to our true aliveness, dreams become a powerful tool. Here are five ways that dreams make us feel the most awake...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: What Does It Mean To Be A Good Teacher July 24, 2016

...."If the task of the teacher is to teach from what is known, it follows that anyone who does not heed this admonition is in real trouble. Lack of preparation or background only insures chaos in the classroom. Why then, do we constantly place educators in positions where they are forced to teach subjects outside of their toolbox? Why do we try to coerce them to teach topics they never prepared for?

Rabbis Without Borders In the Field: Super Mario Brothers and an Inclusive Jewish Community July 22, 2016

"The sounds bring me back to my childhood. Having grown up in the 80s, Super Mario Brothers and Nintendo were big parts of my life. But I don’t just love this video because of the adrenaline rush I feel as I see and hear Mario gathering coins and other special items and bouncing around on the screen as he rushes to the flagpole and ultimately to his goal of saving Princess Toadstool. I love this particular video because of its message: we need to include people with diverse physical needs...."

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