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Thanksgiving Leftovers and Gratitude November 25, 2014

Everyone has their favorite recipes for making the Thanksgiving feast last for days after the holiday meal. But Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, has some tips for stretching the leftover expressions of gratitude into our everyday lives.

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Tzemah Yoreh: J: The Book of Mercy Volume II November 24, 2014

In this book, the companion volume to Kernel to Canon series, Clal Resident and Bible Criticism Scholar Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. tells J’s version of how Moses was chosen, how he rescued Israel from the Egyptians and how he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. It presents the story as the Bible once told it, just E’s original story with J’s additions, without embellishments or commentary. It is J: The Book of Mercy.

The Wisdom Daily: Human Rights For Real November 21, 2014

"We are all for freedom and for human rights in general. But we also know that our commitment to insure that people live in free societies with human rights is often compromised, consciously and unconsciously, by both our individual and national self-interests.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field:Jewish Men Behaving Badly November 20, 2014

"“Wear red lipstick when you meet with him,” warned a grad student. I only vaguely understood what she meant. The man in question was a revered academic scholar. His taking time to meet with a lowly undergraduate was an honor. His advanced years and disheveled fashion clouded my naïve ability to see him as a sexual predator. But after he began calling me sweetheart, asking me to sit up in the front row during class, and putting his hands on my thighs under the table, the meaning of her warning became crystal clear.

The Wisdom Daily: Are You Still an FOP: Fan of the Pope? November 19, 2014

"Pope Francis has engaged and inspired millions of non-Catholics, former Catholics and alienated Catholics since assuming his position as global leader of the Catholic Church. He is both a spiritual master and global celebrity, so yes, the world is now filled with FOPs - Fans Of the Pope. Only now, some of them may be reconsidering their views, though I am not sure that that is fair, at least not to Pope Francis..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field:Intermarriage Questions Go Beyond “How Will They Raise the Kids?” November 18, 2014

"A couple of years ago I received a call from a long-time congregant, Steve (I’ve changed his name and other identifying details). He’s very nice, not very involved in synagogue life at this point, though he might have been when his kids were in religious school, before I was the rabbi here. The particular role he takes on, year after year, is setting up for the break-the-fast after Yom Kippur. He enjoys it, and it’s important to him. A few years ago his wife died, too young. I did her funeral..."

Tzemah Yoreh: Book of Mercy November 17, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Bible Criticism Scholar Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. writes that in J's version of the Genesis account the world wasn't created in seven days, it was already there. God was not an aloof deity whose mere words could create worlds, but an insecure and entirely immanent being.

Brad Hirschfield on Removing Religious Holidays from the School Calendar November 13, 2014

This week, the Board of Education in Mongomery County, Maryland voted 7 to 1 to eliminate references to all religious holidays in their published calendar for 2015-2016. They acted in response to a request from the community's Muslim leaders that the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha be added alongside holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hoshanah.

The Wisdom Daily: The Future Starts Here November 13, 2014

"We all know and feel that science and technology are transforming how we work, love, and play. Our lives are being affected inside and out: how our brain works, how we communicate, connect and create, how we parent and politic, how we learn and heal and die, our lifestyle and culture. There are techno-utopians who think this is the be-all end-all and techno-dystopians who think this is simply the end.

Priorities that could move our Jewish community forward November 12, 2014

Publisher Jaime Stern of the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix was among the panelists discussing what the community’s priorities should be at a Valley Beit Midrash event held at Congregation Beth Israel on Oct. 22. Jewish News published a recap, “Panel addresses community priorities,” in the Oct. 31 issue. Readers have asked that we provide more information on what was discussed. What follows is an adaptation of her prepared remarks in which she mentions Rabbi Irwin Kula.

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