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Rabbi Irwin Kula pointed out that the proposed legislation “is not legislating anything new — the right to know is already law.” He said the proposals come at a time when “there is an attempt to rebuild trust between the powerful and the less powerful people. And from a religious perspective this legislation is most important for the people with power. … The truth is that nobody in power wants to change the power dynamics. [But] all people with power have to be restrained sometimes. And that is in the best interests of the people exercising power because it restores trust and the transparency that is the basis of trust.”
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...."