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"...Being rich is the ability to embrace and be grateful for the abundance of things that make life incredible. This includes understanding our unique qualities, realizing our own potential, harnessing our distinct strengths, and giving and receiving our self to our family, friends and community.
"...The truth is, for many of us, that it’s not always so easy to stop and give thanks. How often do we stop and really think about the deeper meaning of the abundance of blessing that may be in our lives? Thanking can be a difficult and complex process when we are not always aware of the things for which we should be thankful. To be able to have the consciousness to be able to thank, we have to be able to understand clearly what is actually happening around us.
"Carolyn is Baptist. She always will be. And she comes to my synagogue regularly. By regularly, I mean she comes to everything. Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study, holiday celebrations, Adult Ed. Everything. Although she brings her Bible and her faith in Jesus along with her to every synagogue function, she doesn’t come to evangelize. And she’s not interested in converting to Judaism. She’s just interested in what Judaism has to offer...."
"...In my own experience, I have had those moments both in the personal and familial and in engagements of interfaith dialogue and encounter. I have sat across from another human being who did not share my theology, my practices or my community and yet I was able to see his humanity and feel connected to him in a way that transcended the differences...."
"I wasn’t in the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his great oration, and I am not old enough to have been at Woodstock, but I’ve been to rock concerts and to political actions where I have felt powerfully connected to all present, our gathering feeling like a profound expression of brother and sisterhood...In such moments of anticipation or hope, my heart has been open to tens or hundreds and, in a few instances, to thousands of others.
"...But a year and a half ago, when I moved to Philadelphia, I came to Philadelphia primarily to live with my partner, and, secondarily, to be a professional. I grieved the loss of the home I had built. I was moving out of the community of learners and the mentors I had found over the course of eight years studying, living and working in Boston. No longer a student, I felt pressure to know my professional calling, to have perfected my craft...."
"...Every December and January, I receive ‘family newsletters’ in the mail from people I rarely hear from the rest of the year. They are full of stories of academic achievements, athletic accomplishments and successful personal milestones. Excellence is assumed. Apparent perfection, it seems, is expected, the new norm against which overstressed parents and overscheduled children measure their lives...."
"...I’ve long urged fellow Jews to stop using denominational labels to describe entities and rituals, because those labels are more confusing than helpful...."
By Rabbi Jason Miller, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"...We love shortcuts, because we all have limited time, limited energy, and yes, limited cognitive ability. We want lots of results with minimal effort. But when it comes to shortcuts, you get what you pay for. If you don’t invest the time or energy into cognitive work or physical exercise, you’re not going to see results...."
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant to RCP@ MAGIC at Rochester Institute of Technology for prototyping the mobile version of Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, PhD's team's strategy card game: Lost & Found: "a game that explores the history of medieval legal codes with an initial focus on the Mishneh Torah written by Maimonides." More news to come about this project in the near future.