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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

Documentary: “Who owns Jerusalem?” by Deutsche Welle

Today the United States moved their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, in a gesture that to recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What will be the impact of this change? This documentary produced by Deutsche Welle examines those who claim ownership of Jerusalem. Here’s the description from the YouTube video posted on 14 May 2018:… Continue reading Documentary: “Who owns Jerusalem?” by Deutsche Welle

Documentary: The Haredim Represent 30% of Jerusalem’s Population

The Haredim are Jewish people who are very religiously observant. The following report offers some positive portrayals of the Haredim community and also criticisms of the community. Because the Haredim make up 30% of the population of Jerusalem, they have a strong and well defined community there. Here are some reasons why the Haredim may… Continue reading Documentary: The Haredim Represent 30% of Jerusalem’s Population

Documentary: Pope Francis – A Man Of His Word – In Theaters 18 May 2018

About “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word,” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions. From his… Continue reading Documentary: Pope Francis – A Man Of His Word – In Theaters 18 May 2018

Live According to Your Beliefs… and Bumper Stickers

The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing and stopped at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman behind him was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through… Continue reading Live According to Your Beliefs… and Bumper Stickers

Global Spirit – Love, Fear, and Beyond

This program explores the relationship between love and fear and the profound possibilities that arise when one learns to live life from a place of love rather than from fear. Program guests include guitarist and spiritual practitioner Carlos Santana, drummer-composer Cindy Blackman-Santana and authors and therapists Jerry Jampolsky and Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky (of Attitudinal Healing International). Mixing exciting concert… Continue reading Global Spirit – Love, Fear, and Beyond

Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin – Released from Prison

On Thursday, 29 April 2010, I testified in Federal Court as a witness in the case of the United States v. Rubashkin. When I say I was a witness, I hadn’t witnessed a crime. I had witnessed the absence of a crime. That’s what I was in court to testify about. The case against Rubashkin had… Continue reading Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin – Released from Prison

“Happiness” – A short film about the world we’ve left behind

The 2017 short film “Happiness” by Steve Cutts depicts a world that is familiar but quickly fading from memory as our new world takes shape in 2020 as we address a global viral pandemic. It’s helpful to look back on the lives we were living and realize that despite our current hardships, perhaps the way… Continue reading “Happiness” – A short film about the world we’ve left behind