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Apr 17, 2019, 7:49 AM
How Opposites Can Still Attract
If the conventional wisdom that “opposite attracts” is true, why do people who hold different views today often become oppositional? Instead of becoming closer, they allow opposing viewpoints to push one another away. The ability to imagine that there...
Jan 2, 2019, 7:24 PM
Who Holds the Key to Unlocking Your Potential?
Beginnings often provoke questions about where we find ourselves in life. Even if you attach no spiritual significance to a new secular calendar year, you may still feel a tremor of time shifting as you cross over from the...
Sep 6, 2018, 8:22 PM
Time to Take Down the Mechitzah in Liberal Congregations
Many progressive congregations have constructed a mechitzah, a barrier that separates one group of people from another; that’s right – liberal congregations. Usually, a mechitzah evokes images of Orthodox congregations, which have a variety of styles of physical barriers...
Aug 30, 2018, 7:12 PM
Authenticity and Reinvention Aren’t Adversaries: A New View on Change
I’m taking an online course by Daniel Burrus, “one of the World’s Leading Futurist Speakers on Global Trends and Innovation” to hone my skills on being an anticipatory leader. In addition to expanding my repertoire of thinking about and...
May 17, 2018, 7:12 AM
Undiplomatic — What You Won’t Hear about the US Embassy Move to Jerusalem
Whether you fall into the CNN, MSNBC or Fox category of news consumers, here’s what you have seen: horrifying pictures of young Palestinians who live in Gaza being dispersed by the Israeli army through lethal and nonlethal measures because...
Apr 18, 2018, 5:06 AM
Seven reasons why I love the state of Israel
The State of Israel is celebrating its 70th birthday. I know - lots of us have “issues” with Israeli government policies. But in the same way that I wouldn’t raise my issues with a beloved family member on the day...
Feb 27, 2018, 3:02 AM
We have met Haman: Is he us?
The global Jewish community needs to figure out how to express outrage without speaking outrageously
Dec 21, 2017, 12:58 AM
United Nations Declares Minneapolis, MN New US Capital
Imagine if Vladimir Putin advanced a resolution at the U.N. General Assembly declaring that Minneapolis, Minnesota was the capital of the United States, the U.N. approved the resolution, and that the countries that voted in favor of it said...
Oct 2, 2017, 7:58 AM
A new benchmark for defining adulthood: leaving the family cell phone plan
In a few weeks from now, the annual synagogue cycle for reading the Torah or five books of Moses begins anew with the creation of the story of man and woman (Genesis 1-2). Many years ago, I remember a...
Sep 14, 2017, 7:20 AM
The “i” of my Apple: Reflections on smart phones and the lonely self
You’ve heard of the expression, “the apple of my eye?” That quaint phrase refers to one person speaking lovingly about another. With the Jewish high holy days bearing down, and introspection ramping up, it’s too juicy to resist reflecting...
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D., is a national thought leader, organizational consultant and author on the American Jewish community with a specialty in synagogue life. He is President & CEO of the Herring Consulting Network.