Tag: Iran


Unlocking Hearts and Minds on Rosh Hashanah

More people will be in synagogues in the coming days that at any other point in the year. And because of demographic realities, an increasing number of them won’t even be Jewish. They will all be there, but what will they be hearing? Let’s put it this way: Will there be any synagogue congregations in America this Rosh Hashanah not abuzz with conversation about the upcoming vote on the Iran deal? And from how many pulpits will those in synagogue not hear at least one sermon on the topic? Based on reports......

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Dealmaking, Filmmaking, Stargazing: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 17-21), we examined the introspective work you can embrace at this time of year, the practical skills that help you master the art of reinvention, the scrutiny our leaders invite when making attempts at peace, a cinematic reaction to the Michael Brown shooting and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Looking Up, and Looking In – Rachel Barenblat One recent night, a friend reminded me that the Perseid meteors were going to be visible. Late......

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Reading President Obama and the Iran Deal, From the Bottom Up

Whether you support President Obama and the deal with Iran, oppose it, are genuinely uncertain about where you stand, or even if you are just plain tired of the ongoing debate about it, I have an article for you. Former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, and long-time communal leader Alan Solow, a friend, counselor and board member of Clal, publisher of The Wisdom Daily, wrote an opinion piece for JTA, which is worth the few short minutes it will take you to read. It will actually make......

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Ambition, Anticipation and Iran: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (July 6-10), we discussed tips for being true to yourself when professional pressure intensifies, the upside to anticipating negative outcomes, the bright future of Judaism in the United States despite a less religious populace and the process of furthering Middle East peace. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Authenticity and Ambition: Four Steps to Nurturing Both – Naomi Telushkin Experiencing the world’s most famous film festival was as intense as I’d anticipated when I went to Cannes.......

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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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Punking the Iranian Foreign Minister

David Keyes, a personal friend of mine, and friend to The Wisdom Daily, is one of the most innovative human rights activists in the world. He has been asked by Iranian activists to confront the Iranian foreign minister while he’s speaking at NYU this morning. Keyes is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights?and recently launched movements.org, the first crowd-sourcing human rights platform in history. The online platform connects activists/dissidents in closed societies with people around the globe with skills – journalists, politicians, artists, technologists, lawyers, speakers multiple languages etc. The last......

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Netanyahu, Congress and the Importance of Fierce Debate

Despite all the controversy surrounding House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about the dangers of Iran, I think the Prime Minister should indeed come and make his case. It does appear that the Obama administration was not informed in advance about the speech. On Fox News, Boehner said he asked the Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, not to inform the White House about Netanyahu’s visit to Congress, in order to avoid “interference.” But the breach in protocol and the specter of personal insults ought......

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Video: Fearful of Being Happy in Iran

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: This week seven young Iranians were arrested for creating a video of Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy.” The move to arrest them was motivated by fear. The important issue, not just in Iran, but for all of us, is the danger of acting out of fear. Seems to me it’s not the best way to make decisions. Watch my video below for more commentary on this: Here is the video that the director and dancers made: Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith......

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When You Look at His Face, What Do You See?

This face could change our world and shape history.? Whether that happens or not, depends not only on him, but on you, and what you see when you see his face.? In part, what you see depends on whether or not you know to whom the face belongs, or if you simply see some religious guy – probably Muslim, or is that a Sikh turban?? But it’s actually bigger than that. What do any of us see when we see anyone or anything unfamiliar to us, “whatever religion ‘that guy’ follows”?? That’s......

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