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
Why are so many young people moving to Israel?
In a record breaking 2021 more than 4,000 Americans made Aliyah to Israel and of the the 27,000 immigrants from across the globe approximately 55% were under the age of 35. A large number of those young people were young Jewish professionals in search for something. In this episode we visit with some that moved to Israel prior to the pandemic and we hear from them why they made the move, what the biggest challenges have been and what has been the biggest upshot. Make sure to subscribe (links below) to get notified about future episodes as we look forward to deepening our understanding of who, why and how people make aliyah. To follow this series and other important episodes... One click subscribe on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 Get TRIBE Journal delivered to your inbox: https://www.tribejournal.org/subscribe
What is American Football in Israel? Ask the Bet Shemesh Rebels
What is American Football in Israel? Just ask the Bet Shemesh Rebels. TRIBE Journal brings you onto the field for a unique display of teamwork, adrenaline and brotherhood. Bet Shemesh Rebels put on a clinic Sat. night in Bet Shemesh in their debut game after a two year hiatus. To follow this series and other important episodes... One click subscribe on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 Get TRIBE Journal delivered to your inbox: https://www.tribejournal.org/subscribe
The Yeshiva World & Religious Zionism | Kedushas Tzion & Nachliel
Why aren't more orthodox American yeshiva students in Israel making Aliyah? Let's take a closer look at two young men who are making a difference by bringing the holiness of the Holy Land back into the consciousness of the Jewish people. To follow this series and other important episodes... One click subscribe on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 Get TRIBE Journal delivered to your inbox: https://www.tribejournal.org/subscribe
What is Sheikh Jarrah? (Part 1) Court Evictions, Ownership and Occupation
I knew that I couldn't truly understand the Israel Palestinian conflict by sitting in an office or on a couch 7,000 miles away. I also knew that looking mostly at the macro and not understanding the micro would be disastrous. So I decided to go hyperlocal and talk to a family who is being evicted from their homes and the owner who is evicting them on the Eastern side of Route 1 aka the Green Line. This is a tragic story about a real estate dispute between two individuals, a widow who may have been paying rent to the wrong owner for more than seventy years and a terrorist regime using her as an excuse for another war against Israel. This is a story of the economics of change from the eye of the storm, in Nachalat Shimon aka Sheikh Jarrah. To follow this series and other important episodes... One click subscribe on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 Get TRIBE Journal delivered to your inbox: https://www.tribejournal.org/subscribe
What is Sheikh Jarrah? (Part 2) | Terror Attack, Arson, Police and Politicians
A Jewish family was almost murdered when their home was torched in an alleged arson terror attack and some media outlets blamed the current violence only to political adversaries instead. This episode takes a closer look at exactly what sparked the most recent round of violence at Nachalat Shimon aka Sheikh Jarrah by reconnecting with some of the interviewees from Episode 1 (https://www.tribejournal.org/post/sheikh-jarrah) and some new people in our effort to understand what is being described as one of the most pivotal and controversial real estate disputes in many decades. To follow this series and other important episodes... One click subscribe on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 Get TRIBE Journal delivered to your inbox: https://www.tribejournal.org/subscribe
What is Sheikh Jarrah (Part 3) | Media and Warfare: Fight For the Camera
People try to ignore this rabbit hole to hell but it keeps surfacing all over our small planet as countries war against each other. Tribe Journal takes a closer look at the economics and psychology of the media that is interwoven into the fabric of warfare today. In Part 3 of an ongoing series about Nachalat Shimon aka Sheikh Jarrah, we get more first hand information about what is happening on the ground and how the media war may be fueling violence, death and destruction. This is part of an ongoing series about Nachalat Shimon a.k.a. Sheikh Jarrah. Part 1 https://www.tribejournal.org/post/sheikh-jarrah Part 2 https://www.tribejournal.org/post/sheikh-jarrah-2 To follow this series and other important episodes... One click subscribe on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/tribejournal?sub_confirmation=1 Get TRIBE Journal delivered to your inbox: https://www.tribejournal.org/subscribe
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.
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.