Building Bridges

Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.

The Wisdom Daily: An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust July 2, 2015

"...Rarely does individual success occur in a vacuum, but rather, in the context of others whose contributions, whether large or small, make a success possible. Our great moments as a nation have been about the spirit of American generosity and collectivity, just as much as rugged individualism - not necessarily all at the same time, but still very much a part of our shared identity…What we need to do is build up trust in both individual capacity/responsibility, and in those institutions which enable the accomplishments that none of us can do alone..."

The Wisdom Daily: Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston June 30, 2015

"...The truth: I am "not a racist" - but racism is my problem. And while my sadness and even my words may matter, standing with people matters more, if I am to be part of the solution.

The Wisdom Daily: Dignity Above All June 29, 2015

"Earlier that day, in the president's response to the marriage milestone, he said: "Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times - a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American."

I am an orthodox rabbi who doesn’t perform gay marriages, but I celebrate today’s Supreme Court decision June 26, 2015

"...I celebrate today because in fact, the opposite of all of those was accomplished today. My “side” did not lose, because my side is never defined by any one position on a matter of ritual or liturgy, no matter how important that matter may be. My side, I hope, is God’s side, and the God in whom I believe is infinite — bigger and more complex than can be reduced to any single decision, or even any single tradition, for that matter…

The Wisdom Daily: A Pop-up Rabbi! June 25, 2015

"...One of the most interesting things about this Jewish wisdom "pop-up retail" is that, unlike religious authorities in most institutional religion, Knopf isn't obsessed with membership, with controlling the outcome or making people in his image. He cares about offering people wisdom aligned with what they need in the moment, hoping to serve them on their particular journey..."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: I Desperately Want to Know…I am Not Just Asking June 24, 2015

"...I believe in the depth of dichotomy. I have learned volumes from the wisdom of the dialectic. I know the diverse contours of our Nation call for different needs from different types of people. We are all entitled to our point of view. But, given the sleepless nights our country has experienced this past week, I beg from others only what I am asking from myself: that is, simply to engage in a complicated, civil conversation, without running for cover from “dug-in” positions. There is simply too much as stake..."

The Wisdom Daily: Missing the Trees for the Forest June 23, 2015

"...How often do we invoke "the big picture," or other grand principles, in ways which distract us from the beauty, power and potential of "the little picture," i.e, the details at hand? It's not that the big stuff is unimportant. But sometimes, if we allow ourselves to look more closely, and feel more deeply, we might discover that the "small stuff" can be just as big and quite fulfilling..."

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Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, at Integral Yoga Institute In New York City June 19, 2015

Don't miss Rabbi Andrew Hahn, PhD — the Kirtan Rabbi's summer appearance at Integral Yoga Institute New York City. It promises to be both deep and fun, with chants off of the new album, Nondual, blasts from the past, and some new surprises. Featuring Shoshana Jedwab and the posse and welcoming Jordan Brooks on bass.

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The Widsom Daily: What’s In a (Father’s) Name? June 16, 2015

"...Perhaps the takeaway - the lesson I learn by reflecting on the meaning of Father's Day, even when my father has died - is that as fathers (and mothers), we should worry less about the family name and more about its values. And rather ironically, we may then be more likely to raise children who, because love and values trump name and "brand," end up worrying about the perpetuation of the family name!..."

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"Bus Ride, Early September Morning" by Janet R. Kirchheimer June 11, 2015

"The young girl, who looks
no older than seven or eight,
her black hair draped
on her arms, leans out
of the bus window
as if she were sleeping.

Only her turquoise and black shirt,
ripped open, and the blood
streak down the side of the bus
tell you she is dead."

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