Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.
"Whether you will celebrate “just” Thanksgiving, “only” Hanukkah, both separately or the wonderful mash up going by many names, my favorite being Thanksgivukkah, you can make the whole thing happier and more meaningful by following a few simple steps. Not to mention that in taking these steps, you will be walking in the path of the original heroes of both the Thanksgiving and the Hanukkah stories..."
"Hanukkah is an ancient Jewish holiday that has truly come into its own in the context of America. The historic victory of the ancient Maccabees and the miracle of oil postdate the biblical era, so while the events were marked through the generations with lighting of lights and eating special foods, it remained a lesser holiday..."
"...Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide this year for the first time since 1888, and will apparently not do so again for thousands of years..."
"When challenges arise, it is easy to pray for a solution. Journeying towards a meeting with his estranged brother, the biblical Jacob had a nighttime encounter with an angel..."
This week, for the first time in 30 years, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the role of prayer in government meetings. In Galloway v. Greece, NY, a local woman objected to the predominantly Christian prayers that were said during town council meetings in Greece, NY. "We need to feel welcomed even when we don't feel agreed with. That's the real challenge that lies at the heart of this case" says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield.
Watch Rabbi Irwin Kula, Angela Maiers and Dr. James Doty take their conversation to the next level by discussing "innovating compassion." The Rabbi, visionary educator and neurosurgeon met a few weeks ago at the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit in Providence, RI, a gathering of over 400 innovators from across different fields coming together to discuss their innovation stories...
"Few moments in life are as difficult as losing one’s parent. In the swirl of sadness and mourning, a parent’s death can unify or further divide the surviving family. In some cases, the highly charged emotions may amplify issues between siblings. But this can also be a remarkable opportunity to heal some of those long-standing hurts and wounds that are part of every family I know, including my own. There can be a positive potential for healing in this otherwise difficult moment...."
Irwin Kula took part in one of the nation's most renowned storytelling gatherings, the Business Innovation Factory Summit in Providence, RI in Sep., 2013. "The BIF Summit exists as a means to enable a purposeful community of innovation junkies who want to design, prototype and test new business models and social systems in the real world. On this page you may view Irwin Kula's storytelling and experience continued conversation emerging from this event.
"What is driving so many people not only to view, but to wax poetic, over these two Ultra-Orthodox men, Aryeh and Gil Gat, singing Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence? The answer is about much more than you may imagine...
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks with Sean Herriott about interfaith philanthropic work in Israel as well as the openness, vibrancy and diversity of Israeli society as experienced by visitors to Israel today.
From Morning Air on Relevant Radio, 10/10/13