Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.
"Do you want to feel like your life has meaning? Do you want to be connected to other individuals like yourself? Do you yearn for a connection to a higher power or divine source?
You are not alone.
In our hyper-focused individualized society we often forget that humans have been seeking out connections with the divine and with each other throughout the millenia. Though our struggles for meaning and connection seem unique, they are not. We are not alone in these struggles...."
"...After the shocking crimes of terrorism committed in Paris last week, a leading U.S. presidential candidate recently suggested the reprehensible idea that all Muslims in America should wear I.D. bracelets. Of course, we should reject such a proposal. But on the other hand, is it wise to cite the mistakes America made with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis as a basis for our present-day policy decisions?..."
"We read in Pirke Avot, the Ethics of the Sages: ‘Who is happy?’ The answer: ‘The one who is satisfied with one’s lot.’ But what happens when one’s lot comes to be measured by a lot...of stuff?... "
By Rabbi Eliana Falk, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
"Rabbi Steven Bayar of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn is among the 10 religious leaders in the first cohort of a new program designed to disseminate “great ideas” throughout the Jewish world.
The University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in creating The LEAP (“leverage, expand, and popularize”) Fellowship, a year-long program aimed at “leveraging great ideas so that they reach and serve the widest possible audience...."
Steve Malzberg speaks with Brad Hirschfield and Jack Burkman, radio host of ‘Behind the Curtain with Jack Burkman’ and President of Burkman Associates LLC about America's plans to battle ISIS and the Middle East refugee crisis."
"I counsel individuals of all ages as they struggle in their relationships with friends, partners, and family members. It goes with the territory when one is a rabbi. The people I counsel often have become attached to avoiding conflict, so when conflicts arise in their relationships - as they inevitably do - they are quick to interpret them as potentially catastrophic. They need their interactions to look a particular way in order to feel loved.
"...Americans love to talk about how great America is, how powerful, how free. And yet, when it comes time to act, so many of us immediately start dialing it back – we can’t take so many; what if they’re dangerous; not in my state. Tamaret reminds us that true greatness and power give freely. It is from weakness that the refusal to open the hands comes...."
"The time-honored American tradition of Thanksgiving is upon us and among the parades, football, and turkey (or maybe Tofurkey), it begins a much anticipated holiday season. The winter rubric moves us symbolically from thankfulness to joyfulness to hopefulness, and culminates with many feeling inspired to make significant changes in their lives - with a New Year's resolution...."
"...maybe it was a good thing I was away from my congregation this past Shabbat because I couldn’t bring myself to utter prayers of peace. The extent of the death and violence was too raw and immediate. Rather, my first prayers were for comfort and grief for the families and friends of those who lost loved ones, and the people of Paris and France who must now deal with the violation of their safely and security.
And I also pray for acceptance.
"The day before the people of Paris suffered their deadliest assault since World War II, ISIS detonated two bombs in southern Beirut, killing 43 people and wounding hundreds. Some have taken to social media and combined the blue, white and red of the French flag with the cedar tree of Lebanon, or otherwise marked these tragedies together.