Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.
"At the launch of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Innovation Week, which is under way right now in New York City, a gaggle of leaders in innovation shared what they are most excited about in innovation right now. Their answers range from new technological gadgets to new ways to think about our own identities...Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-founder of Disruptor Foundation: ‘The most interesting thing happening in innovation to me now is how people are innovating their identities.
"From ancient promises in the Bible to contemporary prognostications about success in business, the claim is often made that we will do well by doing good. But is it true? Does doing what we think of as the right or good thing really create material success, and should that even matter? I am not so sure that it's true, and yeah, I think it matters..."
This week the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the rights of a local town council in Greece, NY to open their meetings with a prayer, saying it did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, "the thing that has to accompany public prayer is public space, and carving out space for all those people who pray differently than we do or who may choose to not pray at all."
"The big question: How can those of us who care deeply about the current and future state of the Jewish people step up and make it more relevant and attractive? Not just doing better marketing (though that helps), but giving the product itself an upgrade and bringing Judaism into the 21st Century?...What I'm saying is, in the words of my teacher Rabbi Irwin Kula, our people are blenders and mixers and benders and switchers.
TEDxFultonStreet will host its inaugural event, titled "Chrysalis: A Transformation," at Pace University's Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield was named one of the speakers. Chrysalis will bring together a mix of entrepreneurs, technologists, artists, architects, thinkers, dreamers, scientists, and doers: creative individuals that seek inspiration from an immersive and cross-disciplinary experience.
"If imagination be the food of disruption, is the Bard also to be considered worthy of a TriBeCa Disruptive Innovation Award? My fellow fellows - Craig Hatkoff, Rabbi Irwin Kula and Jason Silva - To be or not to be?...Rabbi Irwin Kula: The earliest surviving mention of William Shakespeare's work was a classic critique of the sorts disruptive innovators regularly hear...The attack on Shakespeare was essentially a challenge of credentials and expertise: who gets to be the custodian of knowledge.
"Whatever political views we have on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is pretty clear that conventional diplomacy has resulted in all process and little peace. And whatever the desire for peace on either side, for a variety of ideological, political, cultural, historical, and theological reasons, the psychic reward and security that comes from maintaining and "managing" the conflict is for just about everyone greater than the imagined rewards for peace.
"At the fifth anniversary of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards on Friday, April 25th, we will honor the Sputnik satellite as a major disruptive innovation that shook the world. We will also honor Olympic high jumper Dick Fosbury, who caused a storm in the 1968 Olympics by winning a gold medal and setting the world record all by jumping over the bar backwards...."
Tribeca Film Festival and Disruptor Foundation (Irwin Kula is a co-founder) announced honorees for the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, being held today in NYC. Ranging from the CEO of Kickstarter, to the creator of the Cronut, to a high school football coach, among many others, these honorees are celebrated for showing innovation at its best.
The American Bible Society and Barna Group just released their joint annual study of Americans' behaviors and attitudes towards the Bible. In it, they found that the number of skeptics, those "who believe the Bible is 'just another book of teaching written by men that contain stories and advice'" has nearly doubled in three years. Now 19% of those questioned put themselves in that category, which is equal to the number who define themselves as "Bible-engaged". But this is a flawed comparison, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com. Skepticism and engagement coexist, which is clearly seen at seders around the world as families and friends gather for the Passover celebration – not only are questions central to the core of the Passover celebration, but "even heresy is accepted at the table because even that is a form of engagement."