1. Rabbi Joshua Hammerman has served tirelessly at Temple Beth El for over two decades. Props!
2. He is a fusion cross-over of journalism and rabbinical studies. Deep and useful.
3. His letter of love is his congregation where he’s focused on creating an oasis of “warmth, love and mutual respect befitting for a modern congregation.” A labor of love, not easy to achieve.
4. Like all good spiritual leaders, the burden of “a sense of alienation” sits written across his heart. Acceptance and appreciation from other religious leaders and mainstream audiences is needed perhaps to reaffirm this man’s unique role as a seer for the American people.
5. Reaching spiritual and ethical objectives is what he strives to achieve through honest confrontation of ugly truths masquerading as real truths. This man is all about living beyond fear. He’s about living in light. I dig!
[Music interlude, click here for, grammy winner Amy Grant]
6. He believes in bungy jumping (actually the original word used was ‘delve’) into the “rich vein of Jewish inspiration and wisdom available to us.” As a Maori, he perhaps demonstrates a sense of “tino rangatiratanga” or a sense of imbued “sovereignty” in being a guardian believer of God-given cultural wisdom passed down from ancestors within a culture, like a philosophical art form and science. That’s kinda groovy.
7. Rabbi Hammerman recieved his B.A. from Brown University, Magna Cum Laude, where he twice won the university’s prestigious Bishop McVickar Prize in Religious Studies. Not bad. Dude has passion to learn with brains.
8. Always at a cross-roads between a secular calling and a spiritual one, ‘he also received a masters degree from NYU in journalism and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.’ Joshua Hammerman is just too trick.
9. “Rabbi Hammerman loves surfing the Internet, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, a good, Israeli hummos, and all things Jewish.” I trust a good fresh tabouleh is within the range of good tastes too, then.
10. He lives with his wife, Dr. Mara Hammerman, a psychologist, two children, Ethan and Daniel, and their two standard poodles, Crosby and Chloe. You can visit him online at joshuahammerman.blogspot.com or www.tbe.org. He is also the author of “thelordismyshepherd.com: Seeking God in Cyberspace”.”
Men like Joshua and Caleb of old–dubbed ‘men of a different spirit’ are always gemstones of any nation. Although I’ve never met him, in spirit I feel I have and I think Rabbi Hammerman, is one cool dude. Rock on!
Josh’s latest update is: “I received an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary this spring.”
Go Josh Hammerman! A man of an excellent spirit.
[News source: About.Com]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.15.10~
DOUBLE SWANS FASHION – FROM MOVIE TOWN TO GRAMMYS TOWN – FLORENCE WELCHE’S HOLLYWOOD FASHION
Reports Fab Sugar of Australia (where else would we get our Hollywood red carpet news?) – “Florence Welch looks like a vision on the Grammys red carpet in a Givenchy S/S ’11 couture buff tulle gown, which is appliquéd with swans on the bodice and a dramatic tangerine back.”
Best pop cultural statement at The Grammys so far. Go Florence Welche! Smart girl.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.13.11~
Posted by horiwood on February 14, 2011 in America, Cross-Cultural Narratives, Entertainment Celebrity News, Entertainment Distribution, Entertainment News, Fashion, Fashion Designers, Florence + The Machine, Grammys, Hollywood Entertainment News, Music Industry News, Oscars, Pop Cultural Commentary, UK