Tag: Video


The Sacred Right to Vote

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In celebration of the U.S. Congress passing the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago, it’s a time to remember how many people fought long and hard against discriminatory policies in order to gain access to the voting process. Exercising that right to cast a ballot should be sacred in American culture.? “The law does seem to be pretty vital we have a participation problem in this country. How do we creatively incentivize voting?” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.   ?......

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The Selective Outrage Triggered by Cecil the Lion

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The dentist from Minnesota who embarked on a high-priced hunt in Zimbabwe, and proudly lured a beloved lion away from protected land in order to kill him – in a time when lions are endangered – has provoked an angry response around the world. It’s a tragic crime, to be sure, but the apoplectic reaction is disturbing to see. Where are the vocal cries of grief about the hundreds of human lives lost to violence daily? “This is not terrorism… Raise a voice for......

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Another Mass Shooting in the Land of the Free

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This time, it was an audience enjoying a comedy in a movie theater in Louisiana. Another mass shooting in another public place, here in the United States – adding to the long list of 2015 mass shootings in America. Many were wounded, and three lives ended, including the gunman. But the rest of us are all stuck in a cul-de-sac in this country, and none of us has the solution by ourselves. In order to forge a path to greater public safety, we need......

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Expanding Our Curiosity Beyond the Old Limits

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Have you experienced the awe of contemplating NASA’s beautiful, clear images of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons spacecraft from three billion miles away? There are several reasons why this amazing mission (and the data it gives our scientists on Earth) has touched so many, including this one: “The desire to explore is a central feature of our humanity…the notion of curiosity is fundamental to who we are, and this affirms that.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks......

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Is Negotiating Without a Deal Productive?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In life, we all know the ends shouldn’t justify the means. But let’s not invert that, either. In Vienna, as we pass another deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. officials are praising their productive negotiations – with little to show for it: “The reason to successfully come to some arrangement between the various countries is not to validate the process and justify the expenditure of time; it’s to create peaceful relations between potentially warring nations.”? Watch my video for more insight and......

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Illuminating and Upholding Our Self-Evident Truths

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights endowed by our creator – equally, in all of us – are fundamental in America. And while we hold these truths to be self-evident, as our Declaration of Independence says, are we ensuring these rights as best we can? For example, start with life: “When it comes to the sacredness of life….an average of 28 people a day are murdered with guns in the U.S. [The estimate jumps to 89 people daily if you include......

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An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust

Our money may bear the words “In God We Trust,” and almost 90% of Americans may claim belief in God (or a higher power). But when it comes to government, organized religions or most other large institutions, a very different picture emerges. According to new polling by Gallup, trust in our big institutions is, well, in the toilet. As a panel guest on The Daily Wrap recently, I addressed the issue: “I think what we’ve gotten really good at is appreciating what people can and must do for themselves, but we’re going......

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South Carolina's Race to Erase the Past

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In Biblical times, the ritual of scapegoating involved sending a symbol of sin over a cliff, to help the community heal. But as I wrote about last year on The Wisdom Daily, the process requires looking inward before casting blame. Today, those in the South rushing to ban Confederate flag symbology from public grounds may be seeking “an easy answer on something that is far more complicated.” Watch my video (originally recorded June 26, 2015) for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks......

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Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston

About ten days ago, I traveled to Charleston to hold hands and hearts, to listen and learn, to comfort and console. I am still trying to metabolize the profound sacred mixture of anger, sadness, forgiveness, wisdom and grace I experienced. My tradition teaches that immediately after a loved one dies there is no work to be done and no meaning to be made. Rather, with exquisite attention and intention, we honor the dead by exclusively focusing on every last detail of the funeral and burial. Now, in Charleston, S.C., almost two weeks......

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A True Marriage Celebration

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Today, our U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic ruling. In all candor, as an Orthodox rabbi, I don’t perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Yet I applaud this decision with a full heart. “The institution of marriage was celebrated today and re-energized today it is a profound statement about freedom of expression and freedom of religion.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for......

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