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The Insecurity Paradox

Mark Matousek | Posted 02.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

Life can change in the blink of an eye. Your number comes up and you win the lotto. Your doctor calls with a bad diagnosis. Your boss kicks you out w...

Toward a Happier, More Social, and Less Divisive Country

John Bredin | Posted 12.29.2016 | Media
John Bredin

Since it's the "season to be jolly" as they say, I thought it might be useful to share some hopeful ideas (cynics might dismiss them as "utopian") for building a more caring, just, and peaceful society in the years ahead.

Manichaeism 101

Francis Levy | Posted 12.09.2016 | Media
Francis Levy

Demagogues dine on hopelessness. They're like the quarterback on fourth down who throws the Hail Mary, but there's even something more apocalyptic ab...

A Star Is Born in Berlin: Catherine Duquette's CELEBRITY BOUND

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 10.26.2016 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

The double message reverberating through Catherine Duquette's aptly titled Celebrity Bound is where her one-person multimedia show at Daniel Brunet's resurrection of English Theatre Berlin gets its impact.

How Albert Einstein Helped Shape The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hanoch Gutfreund | Posted 08.13.2016 | Science
Hanoch Gutfreund

The Hebrew University was not established by a ruling monarch or by the government of an existing state. It was conceived and founded by the Zionist movement, which pursued the goal of establishing a Jewish homeland.

Legacy Writing: Gratitude for Life and Health

Rachael Freed | Posted 07.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

This month I propose we reflect and write to loved ones about gratitude, beginning with the little things, the things we take for granted, like the mi...

A Liberating Space for Humane Dialogue on Television

John Bredin | Posted 07.07.2016 | Good News
John Bredin

This year marks the five-year anniversary of Public Voice Salon, a TV show I co-created with my wife that seeks to revive the lost art of human conversation.

Lessons from My Grandmother, And Joe Franklin, In How to Be More Human

John Bredin | Posted 06.16.2016 | New York
John Bredin

Despite her amazing "real life fairy tale" theatrical roots in America, my grandmother, who nurtured a lifelong dream to be a singer, never became famous. She did sing to me as a child, however, and, just as crucially, made space for me. Humane space.

Criticizing Israeli Policies Is No Longer Taboo: So What Now?

Atalia Omer | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Atalia Omer

The very act of open criticism is a major and necessary step in transforming the intractability of this conflict and the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation.

Parashat Behar: Peacemaking and the Quest for Holiness

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Arnold M. Eisen

Placing her reflections on "peace-building" in dialogue with the Bible, I am carrying forward a long-standing conversation with a beloved conversation partner of long standing about a text and a topic that are both dear to my heart.

Getting Older, Not Always Gracefully

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Divorce
Lionel Rolfe

Getting older was supposed to be easier than this -- more like a wonderful long vacation. But of course it hasn't been that way. My wife left me just ...

3 Views of Relationships as a Spiritual Path

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
John Amodeo, PhD

If we want healthy, vibrant relationships, we're invited to see others as they are, including their fears, hurt, and hopes.

Love: Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

I am as such much more interested in the question of "how" than of "what." How can we truly hear our students? How do reciprocal partnerships look and work? How do youth engage in their own learning? How is equality sustainability?


Francis Levy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Spike Jonze's Her is about technologic miscegenation--in this case the love of a man for the operating system or OS of his computer. At one point, Jon...

Look Into Others to Find Yourself

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I have a lot of opinions about whether or not I'm a good person, but when I pay attention to my own behavior, my own actions, I see how far I've come and how far I still have to go along the path.

'Voices & Visions': The Design Of Great Jewish Ideas

Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." This pearl of wisdom from Martin Buber could apply to taking a visual tri...

A Stranger In A Strange Land

Andrew Luisi | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Andrew Luisi

Throughout my study in The Holy Land, I have come to the simple realization that "holiness" is everywhere; the question is whether one can approach eye level with their neighbors and finally see the truth that lies beneath the surface.

A Jewish Eco-Theology

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 01.30.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

We are created in the image of God, but we are not God. Humanity's unparalleled wisdom and power needs to be tempered by humility.

Confucius And Martin Buber: Understanding Goodness

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 09.09.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

There is a remarkable comparison to be made between Confucius' utilization of jen, goodness, and Martin Buber's idea of "I and Thou."

Why 'Do You Believe in God?' Is The Wrong Question To Ask

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When you're asking a question with an expected answer, and that answer is the opposite of what you hope it will be, there's no constructive dialogue. It simply comes off as a judgmental attack.

The Allure Of Narcissistic Spirituality

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Alan Lurie

The desire to control others in order to create a "perfect" environment that nurtures our sensitivities is a calling card of spiritual narcissism. True spirituality takes place in the holy messiness of the world

Exhaust the Limits: New Book Speaks to One Man's Successful Mission to Help Humanity

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Although our lives have turned out different, I learned in my friend Charles "Chic" Dambach's exciting new book, Exhaust the Limits, that we have much...