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A Seder Prayer, and Seder Notes

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

We are required to drink four cups of wine (or grape juice if you are not able to drink wine) at the seder -- each one corresponding to one of the ways that God liberated us from Egypt. But how much is a cup?

Kayla Mueller's Letter

Nuri Kino | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Nuri Kino

Kayla Mueller is not dead. The good doesn't die. She went to Syria although she knew it was dangerous; she wanted to help people in need. She is a hero, just like Sumer, the teacher who donated his kidney to a stranger and everyone else who's fighting terrorism and evil. We just have to remember to pass it on.

Where Do You Stand on Humanity Right Now?

Braden S. Thompson | Posted 03.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Braden S. Thompson

Can you remember the last thing that restored your faith in humanity? Was it when a stranger went out of their way to help you? Maybe it was watching ...

God Is Evil (or T. rex Ate Melons)

Robert J. Asher | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Robert J. Asher

How could an educated citizen of the 21st century ever reach the conclusion that a saber-toothed cat or Tyrannosaurus rex preferred eating fruit over flesh?

The Charity Revolution

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gastfriend

Think back on that promise you made when you chose not to give on the street. When you give this year, how will you make sure you support a program that works?

What Does It Mean if I Don't Have Money Dreams?

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Sullivan Walden

Now, if you do dream about actual money, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are coming into financial wealth (sorry -- don't shoot the messenger). Remember, our dreams speak in the language of symbols.

Incentivizing Goodwill: A Lesson from Africa for America

Sarah Thomas | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Sarah Thomas

We need to find it in our hearts to cross cultural and gendered lines to address the literal and metaphorical diseases plaguing us at home. And if we haven't yet found it our hearts, maybe we can find it in our pockets.

Why President Obama Needs to Listen to American Muslims

Lorna Byrne | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told that if a small group of American Muslims drawn from both the Sunni and Shia strands of Islam, and from different ethnicities come together to discuss solutions they will come up with ideas that can lead to breakthroughs.

Texas Firefighters Rescued Heart Attack Victim. What They Did Next Will Make You Weep

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.02.2014 | Crime

A Texas fire department is getting international attention for going above and beyond the call of duty. Last week, firefighters and EMTs from Stat...

Do Good and Evil Exist?

Richard Koch | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Scott Peck used to collect religious jokes and this was one of his favorites. Chatting in Hell were a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, and a New Age...

Did You Forget That You're Awesome?

Heather Strang | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

Innately, wholly and totally, you are an amazing human being. In fact, there is no one on this planet just like you. You have gifts to give to your friends, family, community and the world that no one else can give and you have a special perspective that no one else holds. You are uniquely and completely awesome. Yet, you forget this divine fact every day.

What Does It Mean When You Dream of a Celebrity?

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Sullivan Walden

Do you ever dream of celebrities? Do you dream of becoming a celebrity? Have you ever considered that you are more like the celebrities in your dr...

What Is Our Narrative?

Melody Meyer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Melody Meyer

I chance to say this new type of industrial agriculture isn't modern at all but a development of the notion that we can conquer nature rather than be in harmony with her. Modern agriculture has not yet been conceived in its fullest sense.

Who Wants to Be a Trillionaire?

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Imagine what the world would look like if impact investing had the same mainstream acceptance as value investing? There would be fewer people imprison...

The New SAT Changes -- The Good, the Bad and the Inconsequential

Paul Jury | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Paul Jury

Here's the good news: Hardworking, capable students will find a way to succeed, regardless of their income, or the SAT's format. Because that's what they do. Maybe now there will be even more free resources to help them.

Do Good People Turn Evil?

Adam Grant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Adam Grant

Bad people are more likely to opt into bad situations. When they band together, all too often, evil is the result.

Happy Thanksgiving: Allow Me to Remind You That There Is "GOOD" In This World!

Laura Wellington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Laura Wellington

I spied an endearing act of kindness the other day while picking up a few items at a local store. A young boy standing in the check-out line holding a piggy bank received both a gift and a lifelong lesson when the store manager refused to take the little boy's money to pay for the bank.

You're Only as Good as Your Last Tweet

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.26.2013 | Media
Linda Lauren

There is no way to keep up this pressure without exploding and people eventually do explode. That's when we get the rage on the page.

Heroes of Humanity

Brian Boyle | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

More often than not, we see the hardship and downfall of the human spirit across our news feeds and television stations. But, what about the triumph of the human spirit? The compassion? The will to do what we can to make the world a better place?

Wonder Alert: August 2004

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Over 300 billion known breaths were taken and there were an estimated several trillion heartbeats. Be on the look out and report all acts of wonder to everybody.

Interim Transformation of Dormant Spaces

Daniel Weise and Kalene Rivers | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Daniel Weise and Kalene Rivers

If four concerned citizens of a small town can transform a building into an outdoor art gallery while the area waits for development, what can be done with the countless buildings across the United States that sit waiting for a second life?

Coding for GOOD Update: Why We Stopped Recruiting and Started Teaching

Ben Goldhirsh | Posted 03.25.2013 | Technology
Ben Goldhirsh

Business leaders should consider how making an investment in curriculum and teaching resources may better suit their hiring needs than conventional recruiting methods -- especially as the nature of the 21st century workforce continues to evolve.

Expectations and Resolutions: A Mash-Off Between Faith, Facts and Fictions

Soul Dancer | Posted 03.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Soul Dancer

With 2013's arrival, much like a gardener using a shovel to prepare for planting (then one day, harvesting), I invite you to explore your faith, facts and fictions with the following questions (shovels) over the weeks and months ahead.

5 Campaigns That Push Vets, Marginalized Groups, Others To Vote

The Huffington Post | Zoe Mintz | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact

Four years ago, voter turnout was 49 percent -- the highest since 1968. Still, it remains to be seen if voters will come out in droves as they did dur...

Good and Bad

Waldo Mellon | Posted 10.23.2012 | Comedy
Waldo Mellon

My husband and I have had a running argument and we've agreed to consult you as the final arbiter. I contend that people are basically good. My husband contends that people are basically bad. Who wins?