Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.
"All the final conversations [Rabbi Irwin Kula] had in his collection were about love. Not a single person used his or her last breathe to say, “Kill those bastards for what they have done…Be sure to get revenge…I hate them for what they did to me…Avenge my memory.” Every last word was an “I love you” of some variety. Here is what Rabbi Kula learned, “Then I recognized what the real Torah, the real wisdom…the real experience behind religion is…it is about love…and it’s no more complicated than that.
"Don’t assume that everyone walking around tethered to a device is mindlessly texting, tweeting, and chatting. For some, there is serious Jewish education going on. Jewish Time Jump: New York is a location-based, mobile game for iPhone and iPad that simulates the rich history of Jews and other immigrants to New York in the early part of the 20th century. Jewish educators from throughout the New York area participated in an in-service training on site at Washington Square Park.
"Imagine a gathering of some 400 innovator junkies from every conceivable domain including education, medicine, music, space travel, fashion, food, gaming, homelessness, design, finance, journalism, cooking, philanthropy, photography, and yes, religion. Now imagine no ego, no selling, no obsessing about the next killer app and absolutely no cynicism. Instead, there is one fascinating, passionate, creative story-teller after another sharing their life-changing stories with one goal: to connect, inspire and transform...." Irwin Kula will be speaking at 3:00 pm Wednesday Sep. 17th and you can follow the conference on twitter at BizInnovationFactory@TheBIF and look for #BIF10.
"Do you pray before meals? Do you take a moment before eating to be grateful for the food you are about to enjoy? A restaurant in North Carolina is in trouble for offering customers a 15% discount if they pray before their meal. Obviously, this is perfect culture war material with some people praising the promotion of prayer and others criticizing the deal. Here is the story..."
In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. attempts to add some new spice to the High Holidays. It is intended for anyone who wishes that there were more prayers reflecting contemporary values, while at the same time remaining true to traditional cadences.
"I just returned from a week in Israel. And yeah, that means that I was there during the war with Hamas. In fact, the morning that we landed was the day that Hamas leadership pledged to resume rocket attacks on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. I wasn't traveling alone either. I was traveling with two of my daughters, one aged 13 and the other 18, who I was "dropping off" for a year of study at a Jerusalem seminary.So, am I some kind of crazy person who blithely wanders into war zones?
"I was a college student doing about 78 mph on my way from Pittsburgh to New York City to visit my boyfriend. Suddenly flashing lights appeared behind me, my stomach flipped over, and I was busted. The officer sauntered up to my window. He asked questions that I felt were intrusive, like where was I going, where was I coming from, who was I going to see. He made a comment about my “pretty face” being smashed if I crashed at that speed. I wanted him to just give me a ticket and go away. Finally he did...."
In tandem with the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry, the last few weeks have seen a shocking number of anti-Semitic expressions both in America and around the world. Welton was joined by Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld of Clal, The National Jewish Center of Learning and Leadership, who help us put this rise in anti-Semitism in context, and discuss ways that faith leaders – and the rest of us – can help counter it, and bigotry against all religious minorities.
"Most TWD readers probably don’t follow the Wu-Tang Clan – perhaps the number one greatest hip hop group of all time. Rolling Stone called the Wu-Tang Clan “the best rap group ever” and there is probably no group that has introduced and launched the careers of more artists. Two weeks ago the entire clan of nine appeared on the Jon Stewart Show – the first time they were together in close to a decade – to debut a brand new song from their 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow..."
"Years ago, during the time that my father was struggling with Alzheimer's, I happened to catch an interview with the son of Christopher Reeve on television. He was overjoyed that his dad had been able to move his pinkie, a feat he'd not accomplished before. I watched, in awe, as this son described in triumphant detail how amazing it was what his father had done. It put my own pain and struggle into immediate perspective.