Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Non-traditional Rosh Hashana
  • Revamping bar mitzvahs
  • Global Christianity in NYC
  • Fixing healthcare in Memphis
  • What to throw out, what to keep
  • The perfect nap

Texting through Rosh Hashana? South Florida group offers nontraditional holiday servicesMiami Herald: At the Jewish Museum of Florida, Jews in their 20s and 30s will herald the start of Rosh Hashana by singing along to the Black Eyed Peas and by playing on their smartphones.

Bar mitzvahs get new look to build faithThe New York Times: The American bar mitzvah, facing derision for Las Vegas style excess, is about to get a full makeover, but for an entirely different reason.

Christ in the capital of the worldChristianity Today: How global Christians are revitalizing NYC far beyond Manhattan.

It really does take a village: How Memphis is fixing healthcareSalon: One hospital and hundreds of churches race to heal America's most impoverished city -- and save money too

What is old and what is newDaily Episcopalian: We have known for awhile now that at this moment in the life of the Church, there are things that need to go, and things that need to be remembered.

The Spark

The perfect nap: sleeping is a mix of art and scienceThere's an art to napping, the Wall Street Journal reports. Studies have found different benefits -- and detriments -- to a nap's timing, duration and even effect on different people, depending on one's age and possibly genetics. As one sleep scientist said, "Naps are actually more complicated than we realize."

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