This post was originally published on this siteSynchronicity, as defined by Carl Jung, occurs when two or more events are connected by their meanings — though not necessarily by physical cause and effect. We might notice synchronicity when it takes us by surprise, or when it answers a question we are struggling with. The Ba’al Shem Tov articulates a Jewish version of synchronicity when he says, “Study some Torah in

This post was originally published on this siteYesterday at Or Shalom Synagogue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we harvested horseradish from our synagogue garden. We are an urban synagogue, with only a few garden beds on our property. Still, we pulled from the earth enough horseradish for about twenty Passover Seder gatherings. Our spring harvest was part of an afternoon gathering we called the “Interfaith Garden Cafe.” A group of

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Mar 2015

God’s Kitchen

This post was originally published on this siteI miss Donna’s kitchen, so far away in North Carolina. Any afternoon or evening, any time, with or without kids, I could come over and sit on a stool at the kitchen counter. Donna would make us a pot of nana tea – the comfort of mint mixed with the stimulation of caffeine. We would chat in the plainest of terms about what

Religion News Service March 09, 2015 at 01:07PM / Religion News Israel’s Chief Rabbinate loses right to ban Christmas trees in Israeli hotels JERUSALEM (RNS) Formerly hotels that included “references to gentile holidays” could lose their kosher food licenses. The post Israel’s Chief Rabbinate loses right to ban Christmas trees in Israeli hotels appeared first on Religion News Service. ItemUrl:http://ift.tt/1dno8op

Religion News Service March 09, 2015 at 12:49PM / Religion News ‘Selma sowed, but it did not reap’; anniversary puts spotlight on deep poverty SELMA, Ala. (RNS) In many ways time has stood still in this community of 20,000 that was at the center of the push that culminated with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The post ‘Selma sowed, but it did not reap’; anniversary puts spotlight on deep

Desmond Tutu’s Facebook Wall March 09, 2015 at 10:24AM / Christianity Strength and character are what make us truly beautiful. "Just love yourself –… Strength and character are what make us truly beautiful. "Just love yourself – love your body. Embrace it."http://ift.tt/1MlHaIRWhat is beauty? – Virgin.com www.virgin.com Born without arms and missing bones in her legs, Talli has been bullied and suffered cruel criticism about her appearance. But to me,

Rabbi Wolpe’s Facebook Wall March 09, 2015 at 12:41PM / Jewish The Jewish people, as R. Soloveitchik taught, are bound by two covenants: a cove… The Jewish people, as R. Soloveitchik taught, are bound by two covenants: a covenant of history and a covenant of destiny. ItemUrl:http://ift.tt/g8FRpY

Rabbi Wolpe’s Facebook Wall March 09, 2015 at 10:14AM / Jewish In these weeks before Pesach we begin contemplating what enslaves us today and w… In these weeks before Pesach we begin contemplating what enslaves us today and what it means to be free. And we rededicate ourselves to helping those across the world who are still enslaved. May the new week inspire you. ItemUrl:http://ift.tt/g8FRpY

Najeeba Syeed’s Facebook Wall March 09, 2015 at 10:12AM / Islam I will be lecturing on this topic "Towards a Social Justice Framework for Interf… I will be lecturing on this topic "Towards a Social Justice Framework for Interfaith Action" at my graduate school’s Claremont School of Theology where I teach at annual Friend/Alumni Day. A whole host of remarkable speakers, join us if you want in April, more info:http://ift.tt/1ELrcr5Alumni/ae

Religion News Service March 09, 2015 at 12:41PM / Religion News Mormons aim to address the messy parts of church history, theology SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Can Mormonism add layers of what some see as controversial information without scaring away new converts or longtime members whose devotion is built on the account as they’ve known it all their lives? The post Mormons aim to address the messy parts of church