Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.
"I'm in the process of moving through a divorce, and that means I'm in the process of moving. This summer I'll leave the house that my partner and I shared, and move to a place of my own. Right now I'm taking the first steps toward that shift: beginning the work of winnowing and packing...."
"Rabbis are rabbis in no small part by the work they do, pastoral, ritual, social justice, organizational, all informed by a sense of responsibility to the community and to tradition. But at the moment of ordination, that moment before the work of the rabbinate begins, in earnest, what makes a rabbi a rabbi is the education that she has acquired and her commitment to bring the values and vision of that education into the work she will do in her rabbinate...."
"I officiate at a lot of weddings. Many of those ceremonies are between a Jewish partner and a partner of a different background. Some ceremonies are more traditional, more religious, and some are less. I always tell couples that the ceremony we create together should be a reflection of who they are, and it should feel authentic to them...."
"It's pretty clear that Judaism doesn't like the idea of gossip. In fact, the Hebrew phrase for gossip is ‘lashon hara,’ ‘the evil tongue.’ ‘The evil tongue kills three people,’ the Talmud teaches us.
"Why me? Why now?
Beset by questions we pine after certainties. Well-meaning friends offer answers. Theologians expound. Politicians offer sound bites and tweets. The questions remain. The search continues...."
"...Why pray? I have asked this question in this space before. And, as I grow, I offer varying reasons for something, which I hold deep in my heart and I believe, can qualitatively change the nature of our lives. In this moment, I write to you about communal prayer. Why come together to pray? I think when we gather to pray, we experience a symbiotic connection. We could stay at home and pray by ourselves.
"...I came to see my experience was, ultimately, composed of my attention: As awareness touched the music, my attention touched something concrete and emergent. As awareness divided, the composition and my experience both seemed to simultaneously break down. With this insight, I resolved to let the performance, itself, teach me how to listen...."
"This week's big psychology headline: ‘Selfie-Takers More Likely to Overestimate Their Attractiveness, Study Finds’.
"...When I was younger I used to think my dad was odd because he never said goodbye. I assumed his quirky ‘so long’ was related to the Jewish goodbye, famous for taking several hours. ‘So long’ fits with the custom of stepping over the threshold when a guest leaves your home, to indicate your reluctance to see her leave. ‘So long’ is like the Hebrew l’hitraot or French au revoir.
"...In work and in life, don't we just want to find happiness, satisfaction, and open possibilities in what we might discover? Maybe we should start to reframe our view of ‘art’ and ‘creativity.’ Art is more than a hobby – it's an answer.