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Meditation Techniques and Benefits (Podcast E24)

In Episode #24, I discuss some meditation techniques and benefits. Listen using your favorite podcast service. Apple [Listen] Anchor [Listen] Google [Listen] Spotify [Listen] Listen Using the Anchor Player Below Listen Using Our Website Player You can also download the show. Tap (or right click) the link and save. [Download]

Vegetarianism – Current Trends and Seven Reasons People Choose Plant-Based Foods (Podcast E22)

In Episode 22, I talk about three current trends influencing the discussion about vegetarianism and seven reasons people choose plant-based foods. In addition to the seven reasons given in the podcast for choosing vegetarianism, other reasons might be religious requirements or relationships where vegetarianism or meat eating are a choice in deference to others. Listen… Continue reading Vegetarianism – Current Trends and Seven Reasons People Choose Plant-Based Foods (Podcast E22)

“alles mit maß und ziel” – Everything with measurement and goals

The German idiom “alles mit maß und ziel” is literally translated as “everything with measurement and goals” which is interpreted by some people to be the equivalent to the English idiom “everything in moderation.” What’s odd about that interpretation is that it doesn’t seem to reflect what’s commonly understood about German culture, society, and history.… Continue reading “alles mit maß und ziel” – Everything with measurement and goals

HUMAN – The Movie – Watch Online Now Streaming

About What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery? Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Working with a dedicated team of… Continue reading HUMAN – The Movie – Watch Online Now Streaming

The Evangelical Divide Over Religion in Politics (8 Jan 2020)

White evangelicals comprise a third of all Republican voters and are among the GOP’s most organized voting blocs. But wide support for Donald Trump in 2016, against a backdrop of scandals, has brought heavy media scrutiny and now some faith leaders are striving to move evangelicalism away from political associations. VICE’s Gianna Toboni travels to the… Continue reading The Evangelical Divide Over Religion in Politics (8 Jan 2020)

Self-Quiz: Should we have children?

Below is a self-survey with a list of questions and considerations to ask before planning to have children. This survey isn’t intended to provoke a specific answer. Such surveys do exist — trying to convince people that having children is horrible or wonderful. There is, of course, no one universal answer for everyone. Most existing… Continue reading Self-Quiz: Should we have children?

Tamar Manasseh on repairing the cracks in our communities with Tikkun Olam

In the NewsHour’s Facebook Watch show, “That Moment When,” the founder of an organization dedicated to preventing senseless killing talks about the importance of building community. With Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killing (MASK), Chicago’s Tamar Manasseh goes to “where bad things are going to happen” and, over barbecue and good conversation, seeks to save lives. (12… Continue reading Tamar Manasseh on repairing the cracks in our communities with Tikkun Olam

LEADERSHIP: National Religious Leader Calls for Fewer Nice Guys – Asks for street fighters at every level of government.

On 28 Sep 2018, conservative Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. stated the following via Twitter: “Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing ‘nice guys’. They might make great Christian leaders but the US needs street fighters … at every level of government … because many Republican leaders are a bunch of wimps.” This is a… Continue reading LEADERSHIP: National Religious Leader Calls for Fewer Nice Guys – Asks for street fighters at every level of government.

Women Wage Peace – “Prayer of the Mothers” by Yael Deckelbaum

The song “Prayer of the Mothers” was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace.” The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan.” On October 4,… Continue reading Women Wage Peace – “Prayer of the Mothers” by Yael Deckelbaum

3,000 People Sing “One Day” by Matisyahu in Arabic, English, and Hebrew

On 28 Feb 2018, Koolulam invited 3,000 people who had never met before joined to sing the song “One Day” as a celebration of coexistence, singing in Arabic, English, and Hebrew. “Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. Our idea is to stop… Continue reading 3,000 People Sing “One Day” by Matisyahu in Arabic, English, and Hebrew

Hasidic Judaism – Recent Criticisms in Mainstream Media

Update: 18 Aug 2018 When this article was first posted on 12 Jun 2018, there were three videos included. By 18 Aug 2018, all three videos have now been removed from YouTube. A fourth video segment that wasn’t included in the original article from June has now been added. Also, an interview with the reporter… Continue reading Hasidic Judaism – Recent Criticisms in Mainstream Media