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I call Rabbi Irwin Kula, an author, popular speaker, and a regular teacher at the JCC Tikkun (except this year, when he is committed elsewhere). How would he tell the vast majority of liberal Jews – who don’t celebrate Shavuot -- why it has meaning today?
Craig Hatkoff opened the Anti-Summit with a video hello from prior Disruptive Innovation Award honoree Glenn Beck (yes, that Glenn Beck) and then welcomed his partner, 8th generation Rabbi Irwin Kula, and Dixon White (yes, the Dixon White, self-styled Tennessee “redneck” who’s remarkable video has gone viral) to join him on the stage and discuss nothing less than race relations in America.
Rabbi Irwin Kula is Guest Scholar in Westhampton, NY for Shavuot, May 23 - 25, and will teach at the following sessions over Shavuot: Saturday, May 23, 10:45pm: Beyond Tribe and Creed: Religion As a Path to Human Flourishing Sunday, May 24, 7:00pm: The Technology of Mitzvot: Is There An App for That? Monday, May 25, 1:00pm: Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Rabbi Irwin Kula thinks we need a search engine for the meaning of life in a world viewed increasingly through the prism of Smartphones and computers.
"We are becoming a nation of mixers, blenders and switchers," Kula said. "What this technology is doing is empowering people and enabling them to create their own religion. It blows up the existing paradigm of how we do religion in America...."
A group of Jewish women in Jerusalem challenged gender regulations at the Western Wall on Monday by reading from a full-sized Torah -- something that the Orthodox authorities at the holy site have forbidden for female worshippers in the past.