1. I’m not flying Delta because I’m interested in Delta. I’m flying Delta because it’s convenient or I got the miles on it. The idea is to get somewhere. I’m practicing Judaism because that’s my airline, because I was born into it and I think it’s got a deeply profound, ancient and relevant toolbox for a good life, but the end goal is a good life, not to be Jewish. To be human. To be there for myself and others. And that’s a totally different proposition.
    — 

    Amichai Lau-Levie

    Excellent NYT profile of his Lab/Shul experimental Manhattan synagogue. Read more: http://nyti.ms/PNdfnd.

     


  2. Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.
    — 

    Jack Kerouac

    Read more: http://t.co/aSPstucDXd

     

  3. THIS IS THE BEST THING OF ALL TIME.

     


  4. A Blessing for Shabbat by Blu Greenberg

    Six days shall you be a workaholic; on the seventh day, shall you join the serene company of human beings.

    Six days shall you take orders from your boss; on the seventh day, shall you be master/mistress of your own life.

    Six days shall you toil in the market; on the seventh day, shall you detach from money matters.

    Six days shall you create, drive, invent, push; on the seventh day, shall you reflect.

    Six days shall you be a perfect success; on the seventh day, shall you remember that not everything is in your power.

    Six days shall you be a miserable failure; on the seventh day, shall you be on top of the world.

    Six days shall you enjoy the blessings of work; on the seventh day, shall you understand that being is as important as doing.

     


  5. Bracha on Internet Usage by Zohar Atkins

        Rav Ashi taught
         

        There are four blessings one says on using a computer:
        One for plugging it in, one for opening the screen, one for closing the screen, and one for turning it off.

         
        Ravina taught:

        One does not recite [a blessing] unless one is using the internet.
         

        The sages asked,
        What is it?

         
        Rav Sheshet:

         
        On turning on, and some say, connecting:

         
        Baruch Atah Hashem…Mishane Habriyot (Blessed are you…who diversifies

        his creation).
         

        Rav Pappa:
         

        Tefilat Haderech (The traveller’s prayer)
         

        Ulla taught:
         

        Pokeach Ivrim (Who gives sight to the blind)
         

        Ameimar taught:
         

        Who guards our coming and going.
         

        R. Lakish said:
         

        When a computer dies, one says baruch dayan emet (Blessed is the true
        judge).

         
        R Yohanan b. Zakkai said:

         
        No. Only if it wasn’t backed up.

         
         

        One day, Shmuel was connecting the internet and did not say a bracha.
        They said to him, “Why did you not bless??

        He said to them, “I already said it in the morning blessings.”
        They said, “Under what is it [internet usage] included?”

        He said: “La’asok b’divrei Torah” [dwelling in matters of Torah].
         

        From this the sages learned that there is no unique blessing for the
        internet. Rather, if one has da’at [intention] while saying another

        bracha, the internet is included in it. However, if one does not have
        da’at, then one says, “Mishane Habriyot.”

         
        [The text then continues w/ a long discussion about what constitutes d’aat.]

         
        Finally, the sugya ends w/ a minority opinion of Mar Zutra that one should

        say a bracha for each website one visits, on which Rebbe Zeira says that
        Mar Zutra meant website browser, not website.
     


  6. Love this idea!


    “We hope to create an online store for women’s tzitzit. Many women we have talked to do not wear tzitzit because the regular men’s-cut tzitzit that are sold in stores don’t fit their bodies comfortably and/or don’t fit well under typically cut women’s shirts. The sad reality is that a relatively minor logistical fact is keeping many women from participating in a really wonderful Jewish ritual. We plan to alter store-bought women’s undershirts by cutting and hemming the sides and then tying the tzitzit, We hope to create an easy-to-use website for the product as well as source sheets and other learning materials around the subject.t The tzitzit will be as low-price as possible, as the goal is to make this mitzvah as egalitarian and accessible as possible.”

     


  7. Everything I’ve ever ready by Jay Michaelson is on point, and I had the honor of learning from him last week at school. Do yourself a favor and get on the mindfulness bandwagon. All the Jews are doing it :)

     


  8. A BRIEF PRACTICE FOR GROUNDING

    First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with you right now. Be fully aware of your body, its energetic quality. Be aware of your thoughts and emotions.

    Next, feel your heart, literally placing your hand on your chest if you find that helpful. This is a way of accepting yourself just as you are in that moment, a way of saying, “This is my experience right now, and it’s okay.”

    Then go into the next moment without any agenda.

    — Pema Chodron, Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change
     


  9. The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence; it is between nonviolence or nonexistence.
    — 

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Stride Toward Freedom” (1964)

    Read Bernice King’s reflection on her father’s legacy. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Dr. King’s earning the Nobel Peace Prize.

     

  10. denatrugman:

    The LeBron. Me to sales guy at Footlocker: “I CANNOT PLAY BASKETBALL WITH CHRISTMAS TREES ON MY FEET. I’M BECOMING A RABBI.” Sales guy: “You can and you will.” But it feels like I’m walking on air. And I got teal laces. #ohthehumanity