Tag: Hope


Syrian Refugees and the Need for Hope

During celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew greeting L’Shanah Tovah means “for a good year.” But how can we possibly say it will be a good year with a straight face, when the U.N. predicts that the Syrian refugee crisis could escalate by year’s end to 4.27 million people fleeing Syria? After the body of a three-year-old boy, Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach, it seemed that the world finally woke up to the gravity of the humanitarian crisis. However, it would be wrong to chalk......

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Widen Your View and Pay Hope Forward

When you look at the image above, what do you see? What does it make you think? How does it make you feel? When you look in the mirror, what do you see? In each case, what we see, and how we think about these images, can create remarkable opportunities and possibilities for us – if we dare to let it be so. I’m thinking a lot about that as I, along with family, friends and millions of others (not all of them Jewish, by the way) celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish......

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Israeli and Palestinian Women Design New Patterns for Peace

Whatever you feel about the political biases of the 24/7 media, the fact that the only news we see about Israelis and Palestinians is of hate, violence, destruction and death makes it easy to despair about the seemingly insoluble conflict. Despair is not just the greatest sin, but it’s really a failure of human imagination. The vitriol and enmity that grows each day, as people are traumatized by war, is very real – but it is not the only story. There are plenty of Israelis and Palestinians building bridges. Hearing their stories,......

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Video: Hope and Gardens on the Moon

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: This week, NASA announced that they plan to do the “first life sciences experiment on another world” in 2015 when they send a terrarium with basil, turnips and cress to the moon via their Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project.? It’s exciting not just on its own merits, but for the message of hope and optimism it sends, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, “…we don’t just build what we need in the present, but we actually invest the future because in investing in the future we......

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