It was the summer before my last year of university. I left my home and traveled cross-country to take part in a month long program for college-age Jewish students called Brandeis Collegiate Institute. BCI combined the arts, Jewish learning and avodah or service, all in the beautiful kibbutz-like setting of the picturesque Simi Valley in southern California. It was right up my alley, joining music, dance, prayer and study in a Jewish framework. I didn’t know a soul when I arrived, but that was surprisingly easy to overcome as this unique program brough
In a national poll conducted last week, the following question was asked. “Do you believe that any of Tim Tebow’s success can be attributed to Divine intervention?” Tim Tebow, for those of you who don’t follow football and who missed Rabbi Jonathan’s sermon a few weeks ago, is the quarterback of the Denver Broncos who is known for his public displays of religious devotion, known as “Tebowing,” and for his unlikely winning streak. In response to the poll (which was conducted before the Patriots crushed the Broncos last weekend), 43
It’s a drinking song. It celebrates the past. We sing it in groups, often standing together, glasses held aloft as we remember days gone by – or, as the Scots like to say it, “auld lang syne.”
This week, John Tierney wrote a column for theNew York Times explaining the psychological benefits of gratitude. “Cultivating an ‘attitude of gratitude,’” he writes, “has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.