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Feb 14th – Discover, Watch, Listen: Climbing Mount Sinai

This past Sunday the Grammy Awards aired, celebrating music and musicians and recognizing exemplary achievements in the music industry. Besides the Tony Awards (which I religiously watch in its entirety), the Grammys are the only other award show I tune into for just the live performances. Highlights from Sunday night included Joni Mitchell performing “Both Sides, Now” and Billy Joel performing his first music release in 17 years. But beyond the performances, there was one more notable moment…

Imagine my surprise when the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., offered the following remarks midway through the televised show:

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Feb 6th – Discover, Watch, Listen: music and Standing Together

This past Sunday the Grammy Awards aired, celebrating music and musicians and recognizing exemplary achievements in the music industry. Besides the Tony Awards (which I religiously watch in its entirety), the Grammys are the only other award show I tune into for just the live performances. Highlights from Sunday night included Joni Mitchell performing “Both Sides, Now” and Billy Joel performing his first music release in 17 years. But beyond the performances, there was one more notable moment…

Imagine my surprise when the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., offered the following remarks midway through the televised show:

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Zichrono Livracha – Remembering Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson

Rabbi Ellenson was a past President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and was one of my favourite professors at HUC-JIR. He was the person who physically laid his hands on my head in May 2004 at my rabbinical ordination ceremony. He was a brilliant scholar of many subjects, including history, tensions between tradition and modernity, trends in contemporary American Jewish life, and ethics. He wrote and edited countless publications, taught any number of subjects…and was a tremendous mensch.

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Jan 17 Discover, Watch, Listen: music and a courtroom

Israeli Opera: Somewhere A few weeks ago, a video came out of 60 Jewish and Arab singers and musicians joined together on the Israeli Opera’s stage to record a special rendition of “Somewhere,” which was written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim for West Side Story. United on one stage, these beautiful musicians convey a

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Jan 9 Discover, Watch, Listen: InterAct Education Center

InterAct Education Center I recently learned about the InterAct Education Center, a non-profit organization committed to bringing “the multi-narratives of conflict to the wider world, building empathy and understanding on a much larger scale.” Their vision is to “generate critical understanding and deep empathy among war torn parties in conflict, and in the general public,

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Jan 2 Discover, Watch, Listen: “For Heaven’s Sake” and Standing Together

1. The podcast called “For Heaven’s Sake,” produced by the Shalom Hartman Institute. In pre-October 7 days, the podcast was co-hosted by Elana Stein Hain, Donniel Hartman, and Yossi Klein Halevi and its purpose was to “revive the Jewish art of constructive discussion on topics related to political and social trends in Israel, Israel-Diaspora relations,

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Dec 20 Discover, Watch, Listen: reflections & a survey

A journalist’s reflections A video showing Chris Cuomo’s 8+ minute reflections on seeing the 47-minute footage of the horrors that occurred on October 7 in Israel. This material has been shown to journalists so that they can bear witness to the atrocities. Cuomo notes connections he makes to both September 11th and the Shoah and

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Dec 12 Discover, Watch, Listen: Identity/Crisis

Identity/Crisis Today, I am sharing a podcast called “Identity/Crisis” which is hosted by Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Insitute of North America. While the podcast has been producing episodes since 2020, I would recommend the recent offerings since October 7. Topics explored over the past two months include: “In a frenzied media cycle,

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Dec 6 Discover, Watch, Listen: “Unapologetic with Amira & Ibrahim”

From Rabbi Ilyse Glickman: We are starting a new blog series to introduce the DJC community to podcasts, books, websites, and other media offerings that may expand our understandings of the current war in particular and Israel/Palestine more broadly. I hope you listen/watch/read these recommendations with curiosity, openness, and empathy.Please let me know what you

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Seeing the Well of Possibility

In her Shabbat sermon, Rabbi Ilyse Glickman outlined biblical tales of sibling rivalry, paralleling them with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She emphasized shared Abrahamic heritage and advocated for hope and unity by highlighting groups like Standing Together and Sulha Peace Project that foster coexistence. Her message revolved around the need for peace and understanding, drawing on the symbolism of Isaac’s wells – particularly the Well of Spaciousness, which signifies endless blessings and collective well-being.

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