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"...While not making that claim overtly, Ms. Bachmann consistently approaches both politics and religion from a position of absolutes - the kind of absolutes which, if not absolutely 100 percent correct, can be pretty dangerous. From defaulting on our national debt to abortion to this weekend’s hurricane, there is, according to Michelle Bachmann, only one right answer - hers...."
"Judaism has spawned its own rich history of legal thought. The Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard has been teaching recently at the Humboldt University in Berlin and reported on his experiences here in Germany...." More in the original German...
From Franfurter Allgemeine, 8/26/11
Words cannot always provide comfort after the loss of a loved one. Each year, we light a candle, perform acts of lovingkindness, and teach some of the wisdom of the person we remember.
Ner Adonai nishmat ha’adam
The light of God is the soul of the human being
In July, Clal was visited by a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a leadership program through FEGS, which brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. Arranged by Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, who teaches in the FEGS program, the site visit offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader and meet CLAL faculty and staff.
"...Gay Jews who are not comfortable within Modern Orthodoxy, the rabbi [Steven Greenberg] noted, can paradoxically find a warmer welcome within ultra-Orthodoxy — or, at least, Chabad. ‘My partner and I are honored with no problem with an aliyah at a Chabad service,’ he said. ‘They call me to the Torah as HaRav Greenberg — Rabbi Greenberg. They know that the most important thing is to offer people, whatever their sexuality, a connection to God.’...."
In a letter to the editor responding to an opinon piece entitled ‘Bolton’s insight was invaluable’ Joe Berkofsky of the Jewish Federations of North America was critical, saying "it fails to mention the other speakers at the event, who covered a broad spectrum of topics in the Jewish world. The afternoon included presentations from Jewish federation executives Steven Nasatir of Chicago and John Ruskay of New York, as well as Rabbi Irwin Kula...
On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, Clal honored Larry Gellman’s leadership as Clal chairman, and celebrated Debra Tuchman’s installation as new Chairman. From her board and community volunteer work to her passion for making a difference, Debra personifies the best of American Jewish life. Proudly Jewish, civically engaged, and dedicated to making Jewish wisdom a greater resource for all, she embodies Clal’s mission.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield gave the keynote speech at the 2011 Jewish Professionals Leadership Conference.
"We believe this is a classic expression of the errors in judgment that have crept into the left over time. Such positions have influenced many to accept the distorted Palestinian anti-Israel narrative and a false moral equivalence between Israeli and Palestinian behaviors...."
"...Weiner would do well to look to the great Jewish sage Maimonides and his ‘Four R’s’ for further instruction, Kula said: Recognition of what he really did. Regret for what he did. Repair of his own character and the relationships he damaged. And reconciliation, ‘which will only happen in the end with his doing the work and a bit of grace,’ Kula said..." More...