Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.
"I’ve been thinking about that Christmas a lot lately, in this time of year when our desires for things seem to hit a fever pitch – whether it’s the craving for a new piece of clothing or gadget, or our desire for our lives to look as perfect and happy as a family Christmas card.
"On a beautiful tree-lined street in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, there is one tree that is not like the others....And it’s on those visits that I come across – no, I think it’s more like seek out – the one tree that stands out among the rest, one that reminds me of how happy I am and always will be, simply for the sake of this tree.
"Tuesday, 8 November 2016 was a day my 82 year old mother had been looking forward to since 1956, the year she voted in her first Presidential election. It was the day she was finally going to get to do what she'd been longing to do for 60 years – vote for a woman to hold the highest office in the United States.
"...There have been anti-Semitic incidences, as well as other racist acts. There is a part of me that says, I’ve been through this before, as a daughter of survivors. It’s someone else’s turn to take action. And there is a part of me that is afraid to write this and have it out in the public square. But I know I don’t have a choice. So many were not saved from the Shoah because others were afraid to stand up.
"In 1967 the Buffalo Springfield issued an anti-Vietnam War song called ‘For What It's Worth’ that began with, ‘There's something happening here. What it is, ain't exactly clear.’ The lyric expresses what I was observing in the Jewish communal landscape over the last decade that inspired me to write Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013).
"Forbes released its list of the world's most powerful people this morning, and like all such lists, it means more than most people assume. More, because any time any of us makes lists – be it Santa Claus (it is December after all), Forbes or ‘just’ you and I, we articulate our assumptions and priorities about whatever is being listed – assumptions and priorities which we often overlook. I guess that's the definition of assumptions, huh?..."
"There is something in our collective Jewish psychology that is preventing the healing of past wounds. As a nation we have been traumatized. Almost 2,000 years of anti- Judaism and anti-Semitism have left their mark on us. Our wounds are still raw and painful. We say at the Passover seder that “in every generation they come to destroy us”, and we yet cannot find it in ourselves to accept that today this is not necessarily always the case...."
"We're human beings, not human doings, goes the saying that changed my life. A saying we can't attribute to anyone in particular because every wise person says it, hears it, knows its importance and passes it on to others. And in our age of guru worship, how common is it to always look for the person who said something, rather than focusing on how to integrate it into our lives?..."
"I wrote an essay about Trump, saying, essentially, that I hated his personality and philosophy but wasn't terrified of his time in office, and didn't think he'd turn out to be nearly as bad as Hitler. Since I wrote it for Hevria, a Jewish publication, it had a Jewish slant, focusing on anti-Semitism and related issues.
"...Yes, I am one of those people. I yell at the folks who run stop signs in my neighborhood, “Stop sign!” and point to the sign. I am more bothered when they ignore me than when they yell or give me the finger. At least then I realize they heard me say something.