TRIBECAST @ TRIBEJOURNAL
For thousands of years humanity has had a challenging relationship with truth. We all fall prey to misinterpreting our experiences. We get angry at things that we can’t control. We get jealous of things we think we deserve. We lust after things we can’t have. That is on the individualistic level. But our species is increasingly interconnected on this shrinking planet….whether we like it or not. We too often misinterpret the world around us and ironically, in a digital age of interconnectedness, we seem to be drifting further away. The TRIBECAST is my attempt to share stories and perspectives that are true or at least closer to the truth. Sometimes episodes will be more investigative reports while other times it will be long form interviews. The goal is for us to journey and discover a more accurate understanding of the confusing world around us. I would love to hear your perspectives and questions. You can find this podcast and more at tribejournal.org. Message me sometime. I’d love to hear from you. I’m JP Katz and your listening to the TRIBECAST at TRIBEJOURNAL.ORG. Enjoy! https://www.tribejournal.org/podcast
What is a hate crime?
On this episode of the Tribecast, we sit down with former Assistant District Attorney, Michael Thaler, to discuss the different factors that prosecutors will consider in determining whether or not to classify a particular crime as a hate crime. The case that catalyzed our discussion involved Rabbi Shlomo Noginski in Brighton, Massachusetts. Rabbi Noginski was sitting on the stairs of a place of worship and religious school when the alleged criminal went out of his way to walk on the property and first attempt to kidnap at gunpoint and later attempt to murder with a knife. In an effort to defend himself, the rabbi was stabbed eight times before the assailant fled and when police officers apprehended him he drew his gun until he eventually threw his gun to the ground and was arrested. At the time of this interview just days after the attack, the prosecutors still did not categorize this as a hate crime. Members of the religious community were on heightened alert as antisemitism continues to increase across the United States. Many community members were questioning why hate crime wasn't determined immediately after the attack. It took one week after the attack during the dangerousness trial for the prosecution to add the hate crime classification to the charges. This in depth interview on the Tribecast at tribejournal.org takes a closer look at the factors and timeline considerations that play into the determination of a hate crime. You can find more videos like these at www.tribejournal.org.
Facebook suspends rabbi for saying Hitler was wrong.
After the ADL revealed that more than 17,000 tweets that hitler was right a rabbi suggested on the facebook to start a new trend saying that hitler was wrong. Facebook suspended the rabbi and denied his appeal with no explanation at all. All this amidst a month of increased attacks on Jews linked to the conflict in the middle east. Full story here: https://www.tribejournal.org/post/rabbi-suspended-from-facebook-for-saying-hitler-was-wrong
Antisemitism On New York University Campus with Adela Cojab | TRIBECAST
Should the civil rights of Jewish students be protected due to their shared Israeli heritage? When does criticism or hatred towards Israel cross the line into hate speech and antisemitism? Should universities be held responsible for maintaining a safe environment for its students? Outline of discussion points: - Introduction - Violence against Jewish students at Israel Celebration On Campus (2:20:) - Is this antisemitism or just political? (13:35) - What could the University have done differently (21:09) - Invitation to speak at the White House and the resulting Executive Order (33:21) - Should Judaism be singled out from other religions? (35:20) - Are Jewish students protected like other nationalities under Title VI of the - - Civil Rights Act or is religion different? (34:08) - Response to Andrew Lamey Op Ed in the New York Daily News (38:56) - Closing remarks: explaining why she accepted an invitation from Pres. Trump asked her to speak and how that impacted the Executive Order which he signed days later. (50:01) Today we visited Adela Cojab. Although Adela tried to graduate quietly, she eventually felt compelled to stand up and be the change. Adela recently graduated from New York University and made headlines as a student leader and member of the Jewish community on campus at NYU. Continuous threats to Jewish students on campus forced her to take action against the university's inaction. She filed a complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights which the University eventually opted to settle out of court. Adela successfully sought needed change in University Policy which would offer students protection in the future. She did not seek money, she sought change. This is her story. I’m JP Katz and this is the TRIBECAST at TRIBEJOURNAL.ORG. Thanks for joining us. Listen to Podcast (iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify) http://bit.ly/podcastadela www.tribejournal.org
Community Polarization & Elephants in the Room with The ASK Project's Corey Gil-Shuster | TRIBECAST
Today we visit with Corey Gil-Shuster from The Ask Project, a nonprofit that creates authentic man-on-the-street videos to increase understanding about the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In our unscripted conversation, we discuss the following topics: Second Intifada (13:00) Herd Psychology & Tribalism (17:00) The Role of Media (25:42) Man on the Street (31:54) Visiting the Settlements (35:50) Religious Divides (42:35) LGBTQ+, BLM & BDS (46:08) Orthodox & Nonorthodox (57:13) Unorthodox & Propaganda (106:29) Biggest Paradigm Shift (1:14:38) Religious and Secular Israeli paradigms (1:20:33) Corey is a Canadian-Israeli citizen living in Israel, and has a fascinating story about how during the second intifada he grabbed a camcorder and a translator and hit the streets to get real perspectives first hand from real people on both sides of the conflict Corey and I have never met, and likely never would have met if not for youtube. We come from different countries and in the course of conversation we found out that we identify with somewhat different communities, even though we’re both Jewish. Our conversation starts off with the back story of The ASK project and from there we walk right up until the edge of many of the most controversial topics of our time which polarize our societies today. This is the raw conversation between two people trying to reconcile the herd psychology, propaganda and community sensitivities and how they impact our perspectives and behavior. Thanks for listening in….As with all good conversations, we’re just scratching the surface here and I hope you find this discussion both insightful and fun. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback in the comments….enjoy! Subscribe on Youtube now: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 For more about this talk or to subscribe to TRIBECAST on iTunes, Spotify & Google you can visit: https://www.tribejournal.org/podcast/episode/278be4d2
Vaccine Art Gone Viral with Yael Harris Resnick | TRIBECAST
Yael Harris Resnick, an American Israeli artist living in Israel had no idea how far her message would reach when she hit publish. We saw her cartoons with pro-vaccine messaging in WhatsApp groups so we decided to reach out to her on this once controversial subject to get her perspective on the intended messaging, the challenges of polarization as a digital artist, and her thoughts on the miraculous nature of the vaccine. TRIBECAST Outline of Art Gone Viral Introduction 0:42 Who is Yael Harris Resnick? 1:35 Backstory about her vaccine art 3:18 Jessica Levine Kupferberg co-author health art in Times of Israel Blog 4:25 Political point was intended to be a religious point 5:56 Cartoon 1: Israelites Leaving Egypt in a Hurry Was Also a Miraculous Rush Job 7:00 Discussion about miracles 11:54 Cartoon 2: Trust Experts? The Manna Also Had Unknown Ingredients For Ingestion 19:20 Importance of conversation and feedback in a digital age 20:58 Cartoon 3: Temple Official Lighting Menorah Without Full Understanding of Molecular Structure 22:35 Publishing despite potential backlash from polarization and varying perspectives 27:30 Concluding thoughts from Yael www.tribejournal.org https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1
Key Ingredients to a Lasting, Loving and Successful Marriage | Mrs. Chana Levitan
Why have it good when you can have it great? There are many factors that can make or break a marriage and many aspects of marriage that are overlooked for status quo. A healthy mindset and framework can make all the difference to lift up both healthy or even challenging relationships to new heights of synergy, respect and love. Mrs. Chana Levitan is an author, speaker and marriage therapist with decades of experience and research as to what are the key ingredients to lift up marriages from the status quo. In this episode we take a closer look at some of the tools and inner workings of relationships and how they can become springboards for more successful and lasting marriages. www.ChanaLevitan.com www.tribejournal.org
Managing Anxiety in Challenging Times | Dr. David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP
In the span of just a few days, our society has become completely unmoored, panic-stricken, and obsessed with fear. We check and re-check social media and news feeds that inundate and overwhelm us with information about COVID-19 (much of which is neither helpful nor accurate). We see images of supermarket lines are out the door and empty shelves triggering the stockpiling of household goods and supplies. And last week’s mass equity selloffs wrought more havoc on the markets than we’ve seen since 1987. In decades past, such extreme responses did not occur even during times of war. It’s not news that Americans tend to run anxious. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 20% of adults have an anxiety disorder each year. But it is novel to realize how vulnerable we are to outright madness. We are joined by Dr. David H. Rosmarin for a brief presentation followed by an engaging discussion about how to manage anxiety in a challenging time. Scholar-In-Residence David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Founder/Director of the Center for Anxiety (www.centerforanxiety.org). Dr. Rosmarin’s clinical work and research have received media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Host Rabbi. JP Katz is founder and Executive Director of Jewish PULSE of Boston (www.jpulse.org), a premier social and educational hub for Jewish young professionals throughout Greater Boston. He is a regular contributor to Tribe Journal (www.tribejournal.org,) a video blog and digital magazine.
the self identity
Do you know who you are? You’re a Child Sibling Parent Grandchild Grandparent? Uncle or aunt? Friend Niece or nephew Employee Neighbor, Citizen But who are you? Really? More than twenty years ago when I was procrastinating for the CPA exam I stumbled upon the encyclopedia of sociology (yes, I was that board:) A social psychologist named Stryker hypothesized what became known as Stryker’s Identity Theory stating the structural symbolic interactionist perspective... essentially that the self” is essentially all of the roles which we play in life assembled upon an imaginary pyramid. Each role is subconsciously given a level of importance and priority which determines the behavioal outcome in any given situation. You see, you play a lot of different roles. But what happens when the situation gets complicated. For example, you’re speaking with your child and your boss walks in? Or your a college student hanging with the guys at the bar and your grandmother walks in. Or you have a day off and decide to play golf with colleagues or take your kids to a park? Which role wins the day? Right? You’d never speak to your boss like you speak to your baby...of course they are both the authentic yet multifaceted “you” but the face that you show them are entirely different aspects of your ...self. But not so fast. Who are you on a desert island? You see, Stryker is a social psychologist presenting a societal perspective. Without the society where do you stand? When we categorize our roles into three basic categories a different picture emerges. You and your fellow humans You and the Infinite One Above Time and Space You and...yourself. You ...your soul….and your self. On a desert island you are left with relating to G-d and yourself. Now lets bounce back to Stryker. Who are you? Well, there are two new roles that we need to add to the subconscious pyramid. You in relation to G-d You in relation to ...yourself. How do you prioritize these two new roles? See, some people place themselves at the bottom of the pyramid. Everyone else's opinions and needs come first. Their own needs and feelings are at the bottom of the list. These are peace makers and appeasers and pleasers. Other people place themselves at the top of the list. They need others to honor them so they can reinforce their self love even at the expense of others. And people do the same with Gd. Some people put Gd above all other relationships and sadly hurt those around them in the name of worship even though upon further investigation their own religion probably doesn’t condone hurting others. Others put Gd at the bottom of the pyramid and worship public opinion before all. At the end of the day, it is helpful to know what your internal world looks like...including this subconscious pyramid of roles we all play. First we must recognize the roles we play, then we must recognize the priorities we give these roles. Only then can we consciously design our ideal self as it relates to others. What are you waiting for? Isn’t it about time that we make the time to ...begin. You can schedule a visit here: www.jpulse.org
Are you an influencer or influencee? The answer may surprise you.
Distilling our sense of "self" is far more difficult than taking a picture or a selfie. Strengthening one's inner core is more than any planking or exercising can solve. In a hyper-stimulated environment the general conundrum of strengthening one's true inner core a.k.a. the self requires understanding how the environmental factors influence our identity and behavioral outcome. Perhaps the first question we should ask is are we influencing others or being influenced by others? Lets discuss. Click schedule a meeting on www.jpulse.org
Your Inner World
What does your inner world look like? In the original Holy language of the bible we find the word Ha’Olam = World/Universe (Blessed are you Lrd our Gd King of the ?) He’eleem = hidden What is the correlation between world and hidden? If you ask your average person to define their world as they see it, they’ll give you their perspective on things. An astronomer will tell you the universe is expanding. An environmentalist will tell you the world is being destroyed. A newtonian physicist will tell you about the 99.999% space between matter and about action reaction. A quantum physicist will tell you the world is chaotically popping in an out of existence. A salesperson might show you how many contacts, friends or followers he has. A psychologist will tell you about neurons and synapses and subconscious and behaviorism. A politician will probably tell you more about his opponent lol. Everything is relative. Ask the bible? It might tell you the world, your world, isn’t just out here….its in there! Inside you. Its not out here. Its in...there. But what does your world look like? Can we see our inner world? If you were a house and your eyes were the windows that you looked outward from...how would you see what your insides look like? Is your room a mess? Is there cobwebs and neglect? Has it been cared for in a while? Is it falling apart? It is a gloomy or happy place? What kind of music is playing? Is it a drama? A comedy? A thriller? Is it lit or dark? Is it saf? Is it sound? We can not easily see our own inner world. Afterall, our eyes can only see what appears outside of ourselves. So what is a curious human to do? How do you actually see...yourself? Rabbi Shlomo Volbe wrote in the name of the Baal Shem Tov that if you want to see your inner world, you should look at the world around you. How does it appear to you? The outer world is simply mirrors your inner world. This is deep stuff. Lets try to crystalize this complex idea. How about a story? Shall we? A rabbi of a city was approached by a traveler who was thinking of moving to the city. The traveler asked, “Will I like it here?” The rabbi replied, “Tell me, why are you leaving the place you’re coming from?” The traveler answered, “It was a miserable place. No one was friendly to each other. Everyone stepped on each other to get ahead. People stabbed each other behind their backs and slandered each other and there was so much selfishness and hatred.” The rabbi answered, “I think you’ll find the same people here.” The next day a second traveler approached the same rabbi with the same question. “Will I like it here?” The rabbi replied, “Tell me, why are you leaving the place you’re coming from?” This second traveler answered, “I’m so sad to leave that wonderful city. Everyone was so friendly to each other and said hello to one another in the street. People looked out for each other and helped each other. It was such a happy place with kind and considerate people.” The rabbi answered this second traveler, “I think you’ll find the same people here.” How could it be that the rabbi would describe his community in two totally different ways to these two travelers? The rabbi knew the influence our inner world has upon our experience throughout life. Each traveler experiences the world around him based on the inner workings of his inner world. So the rabbi’s city was the same. However, the subjective reality of the citizens determines their unique experience in that city. No two people experience the same happenings in the same way. Life’s happenings appears to us in subjectively different ways even if the circumstances were exactly the same. So it is you, the traveler, who will find the same people no matter how far you travel or how fast you run. You can run, but you really can’t hide. Each of our inner worlds determine how we perceive and thus experience the world around us. Do you feel like everyone is judging you? Maybe you’re judging them. Do you feel lonely and without friends? Maybe you need to work on becoming more caring and friendly those in your circles? Do you feel like no one knows your authentic self? Maybe you need to look past the facade that other people put on. Do you feel like no one appreciates the things that you do? Maybe you don’t appreciate what other people do for you. Do you feel like no one loves you? Maybe you need to learn how to love yourself and others. So how do we begin to look more closely at our own inner world? Just look around. How does it look to you? Tikun Olam (repairing the world) is not just running around helping others. That is too easy in comparison to getting focused, making the time, doing the inner work by reaching out to a mentor and deciding to ...begin.
The Facebook Gap Is Real
Image is everything? What if that image is nothing more than a mirage in your imagination? When you run after honor, honor runs away from you. Imagine that. You keep running and running and running….running after a goal that just keeps getting further and further away. You spend all of your life faking it in some regards with the hopes that you’ll make it and that no one will truly understand that the facade you show the world is not really who you truly are. That “you” that lives quietly deep inside of your shell. You get so skilled at the building and maintaining your facade that you begin to believe that “it,” is your actual self. What if the dissonance that we feel in our lives is because we’re looking through the wrong lense and in the wrong mirror? I call this gap, the Facebook Gap. It is the distance between your facade and your true authentic inner self. The gap is real, but hope is not lost. Lets begin... www.thetribegroup.org
Empathy Wanted: Is it too late?
In this video we take a deeper look at the rise in antisemitism and bigotry pervasive in the United States and beyond. What are contributing factors to demonizing Israel and the Jews, political adversaries, and population segments? What role does internet filter bubbles and algorithms play?
How NOT to become a millionaire
So you want to be a millionaire. Does it matter how you get there? Lets consider a totally hypothetical situation for a moment. you’re sitting in your million dollar home, maybe enjoying a drink on a hot day. Your son comes running up to you wide eyed and asks if you can play in the pool. You go for it. Then you recline a bit and decide to check your phone. A few messages. One from the charity that will put your name on the building. Another from your lawyers. Maybe it was that suit from your old investors. Or maybe it is about a lawsuit against your old pharmaceutical business that prayed on the addictions or illness of others. Or maybe that partner from whom you wronged for your own selfish personal gain. Or the employees that broke their backs trying to make a living wage without a safe working environment while you took tens of millions to the bank. The scenarios are endless but you get the idea. So... you want to be a millionaire. Does it matter how you get there? Does it matter how many heads you stomp on to climb? Does it matter how many ideas you steal? Does it matter how many people you exploit? Or how many casualties you create with your opinion? You want to be a millionaire. Does it matter how you get there? We learn a huge lesson from the Israelites encamped in the dessert post miraculously leaving Egyptian slavery. Each of twelve tribes were encamped in a specific formation. Three in the front, three in the side, three in the back and three on the other side. Each tribe flew a flag with its own color and a letter. AYY MKV VTzA RChK Together the first letter of each side formed the word Avram/Abram Then the second letter Yitzchak/Isaac And the third spelled Yaakov/Jacob But isn’t it Avra-h-am with a Hey (H)? Yes. The Hey, representing G-d’s Divine presence, dwelled in the midst of the nation when the nation is encamped around the shared values...in the case of the Israelites it is the Torah from Sinai that they recently accepted upon themselves to put G-d’s will into action and understand it more deeply. Don’t steal, don’t murder, practice family values and morality, don’t eat pork, give and bring honor to your parents….and so on and so forth. That was what united 12 tribes together as a nation with more than just a flag to fly, but a mission to uphold. To be different, to be holy. Of course at times we all fall short of our missions as does any aspiring individual, organization, community or country with high aspirations.... But our national mission-centric existence works when we’re united around our shared values. I suppose any country might do well to ask this question. What is the glue that unites us? What is our country’s mission? Our country’s shared values? Those values that unite and define us? But every individual can also ask the same questions. Let me explain. Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi in his famous work, The Kuzari, explains that just like the governor of a city must take care of all of the needs of its citizens and keep the diverse and dynamic population happy, so too the individual must do the same with the many different facets of one’s self. Cities have artists, athletes, scientists, farmers, cooks, lawyers and justice systems, etc. etc. So too, each of us has so many different aspects of our “self,” each with aspect with its own needs, which must be met. You are dynamic. You are An artist, An athlete, An academic, A food connoisseur, A master of self defense, A healer, A social worker, A teacher, A student, A giver. You, the governor of your own individual dynamic world must take your entire self into consideration. But why not take this idea a step further? What shared value do your “citizens” unite around? What mission do your “citizens” rally to achieve? What defines you as a person? Who are you? Internal conflict and disharmony arises when different aspects of self get pulled in different opposing directions. Deeply understanding the “citizens” of our unique “world” enables us to guide ourselves in a direction enabling us to live happier, productive and more harmonious lives. You want to be a millionaire, but it so very much matters how you get there. So where does one start? Well ...sometimes the most challenging part is getting the courage to simply….begin. Schedule a phone meeting by visiting www.jpulse.org.