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"...Everyone’s been trying to find their way into understanding the tragic terrorist attacks of the past 10 days. People have senselessly died at the hands of terrorists in Mali, in Kenya, in Lebanon, and of course in Paris, France. As for me, my heart keeps coming back to Le Bataclan, the theater in Paris where 89 people died doing the most Western thing to ever, rockin’ out. I have come to see rock n’ roll as the epitome of what anti-Western terrorists hate, which makes me want to listen all the more...."
"Do you want to feel like your life has meaning? Do you want to be connected to other individuals like yourself? Do you yearn for a connection to a higher power or divine source?
You are not alone.
In our hyper-focused individualized society we often forget that humans have been seeking out connections with the divine and with each other throughout the millenia. Though our struggles for meaning and connection seem unique, they are not. We are not alone in these struggles...."
"We read in Pirke Avot, the Ethics of the Sages: ‘Who is happy?’ The answer: ‘The one who is satisfied with one’s lot.’ But what happens when one’s lot comes to be measured by a lot...of stuff?... "
By Rabbi Eliana Falk, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"Rabbi Steven Bayar of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn is among the 10 religious leaders in the first cohort of a new program designed to disseminate “great ideas” throughout the Jewish world.
The University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in creating The LEAP (“leverage, expand, and popularize”) Fellowship, a year-long program aimed at “leveraging great ideas so that they reach and serve the widest possible audience...."
"...Americans love to talk about how great America is, how powerful, how free. And yet, when it comes time to act, so many of us immediately start dialing it back – we can’t take so many; what if they’re dangerous; not in my state. Tamaret reminds us that true greatness and power give freely. It is from weakness that the refusal to open the hands comes...."
"...maybe it was a good thing I was away from my congregation this past Shabbat because I couldn’t bring myself to utter prayers of peace. The extent of the death and violence was too raw and immediate. Rather, my first prayers were for comfort and grief for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones, and the people of Paris and France who must now deal with the violation of their safely and security.
And I also pray for acceptance.
"For people who care deeply about the State of Israel, the future of the Jewish people or about the prospects for peace in the world, the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin provided much to think about.
"On Saturday night, my husband and I went to a local pub to listen to music. Then we came home and went to sleep. This would not be worth noting except amid the background of the attacks on Paris, it feels noteworthy...."
By Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"As the month of Kislev has begun our thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah. If there was ever a holiday made for Hollywood it’s Hanukkah. The few against the many, the weak overcoming the strong and the fight for religious freedom resonate with so many of us on all different levels. And like so many other Hollywood stories, the tale told does not even come close to the truth!..."
"Thanksgiving is coming, and Hanukkah is just around the corner. The holidays always remind me of both the rapid pace of change in our own lives – and the historical changes in how we observe certain times of the year...."
By Rabbi Laura Baum, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com