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What Our Tokens of Love Mean

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: While love is in the air, it’s a good time to look at our Valentine’s Day traditions, and how the gifts we give – from the beautiful (flowers) to the bizarre (bugs) – symbolize different important aspects of being in a healthy, thriving relationship. “What you give your partner can actually tell you a great deal how you think about love, and how it works in your life.” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion:   Odyssey Networks tells the stories of......

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Depth vs. Breadth: Which Is Best for Problem-solving?

Do you enjoy surfing the Internet, learning a little about a lot of things, having many different experiences or do you like diving deeply into one thing, getting excited about mastering one area, developing a specific expertise? Are you a depth first or breadth first person, a generalist or a specialist? Are you a tourist, a pilgrim or a mixture of both? Obviously, which side we privilege depends on our goals, and our personality. But I wonder if the sort of urgent problems we face these days – global warming, income inequality,......

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Is This Really a Miracle?

Walter Williams was not only dead, he was already in a body bag awaiting embalming at the local mortuary…and then he started moving! The county coroner, Dexter Howard had two reactions: “The only reasonable explanation he could think of, Howard said, is that Williams’ defibrillator, implanted beneath the skin on his chest, jump-started his heart after he was placed in the body bag. “It could’ve kicked in, started his heart back,” Howard said. “The bottom line is it’s a miracle.” But is it really a miracle? Can something have a “reasonable explanation”......

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Video: Son of God and an Audience of Nones

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: With the release of the movie Son of God this weekend, we reflect on the current popularity of faith and Bible-related movies and TV programs in the context of the rise of the “nones.” Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org....

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What It Means to Be Cool

Over the next seven months, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in an exhibit called “American Cool” is showing 100 photographs of people who defined cool in American culture, from the “granddaddies of cool,” Walt Whitman and Frederick Douglass, through the generations, leading to Jay-Z, Johnny Depp and Madonna. I am semi-embarrassed to say, but I always feel it a supreme compliment when people call me a “cool” rabbi. It’s meant having some mysterious mix of rebelliousness, openness to new ideas, charisma with being a bit wild, anti-authority and out front, but in......

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