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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Would You Trade Faith for Control? January 20, 2016

"...How many of us travel through life, bouncing between these two poles? Sometimes frantic at our lack of control in a situation, and at other moments in our life so craving of the unexpected and unknown? I love Brene Brown’s definition of faith because she demonstrates that faith and religion are not always the same thing. Someone can be religious but define their faith and practice in ways that seek to explain everything and bring a high level of control and predictability into their lives.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Tu Bishvat: Tending the Garden of the Self January 19, 2016

"...Tu B’shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is often referred to as the Jewish Arbor Day. In early rabbinic text, Tu B’shvat is referred to as ‘Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot’, literally the ‘New Year of the Trees.’ In our day and age, one in which our abuse of the environment is evident to almost everyone in the scientific community, it is a source of pride that the Jewish tradition has always been wise to draw special attention to the trees, and to nature in general.

The Wisdom Daily: Black Rage, Holocaust Rage January 18, 2016

"Sharing someplace, or someone, you love is never simple — especially if you are not sure how those with whom you share will respond to the people and places you love. And if they respond in genuinely negative ways, it can be anger-making and downright painful...."

The Wisdom Daily: Welcome to the New "Wisdom Daily!" January 18, 2016

"...our approach is that...[Clal, TheWisdomDaily.com], and writing come from an ‘inside-out’ perspective. One in which we are informed by our beliefs but are motivated to turn them into improving the entire world. That means that every person on earth has something to contribute, and that wisdom is a shared reality.

Because Jewish hosts Saturday Morning Services on Saturday, January 23rd at 10 AM in Gowanus January 18, 2016

Rabbi Dan Ain presents Because Jewish Saturday Morning Services on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10 AM at 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Because Jewish is fiscally sponsored by Clal and Rabbi Dan Ain is a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow.

Adult Smart. Kid Friendly. Jazz Infused. Monthly services led by Rabbi Dan, Miriam Eisenberger and Avi Steinhardt.


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Because Jewish hosts Korban Shabbat on Friday, January 22nd in North Park Slope January 18, 2016

Rabbi Dan Ain presents Because Jewish Korban Shabbat on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM in North Park Slope. Korban Shabbat is a loose, free-form, Friday Night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling. Adapting, adopting and appropriating styles from multiple communities and perspectives, no two Korban events are the same.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Lift Up the Voices of the Unheard January 18, 2016

"MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ is his most famous and has made a lasting impression on me. I don’t know exactly how old I was when I first heard this speech. I was in elementary school, probably 3rd or 4th grade. Upon hearing these words, I felt immediately embraced by Dr. King and included in his vision. With one phrase, he made me feel heard, ‘Jews and Gentiles....’"

Public, Two-Day DIY Kirtan Workshop in NYC with the Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn January 15, 2016

On January 19th and 20th in Yonkers, NY, treat yourself to The Art and Passion of Hebrew Kirtan: Opening Your Heart through Music, Meditation and Study. A two-day, DIY workshop. Join the ‘Kirtan Rabbi,’ Rabbi Andrew Hahn, for a deep immersion in this cutting-edge practice. We will chant a lot. And we'll discuss creating and leading chants, do easy meditation and voice exercises, and study related Jewish texts.

Pre-Purim Spirituality Retreat with Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn on Sun,, Mar. 13, 2016 in Rockville, MD January 15, 2016

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, don't miss Clal Resident Rabbi Andrew Hahn, PhD, the Kirtan Rabbi and Rabbi Elyssa Joy Auster as they host a one-day retreat which includes meditation, chanting, movement, cooking and art.
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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Can I Hear You Now? January 15, 2016

"‘When the reception goes down, the volume goes up.’ These were the sage words of one of my honored teachers some years ago in a lesson about communicating with loved ones. I imagine it’s easy for most of us to resonate with the message that when we don’t feel heard, we might become frustrated, raise our voices and even act out. Then, even though the flow of words might continue – even with increasing force – pretty much all communication ceases.

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