Clal nurtures new skills in leaders, helping them to prepare for the civic, spiritual, intellectual and ethical challenges in American life.
Ben Merens and Rabbi Brad Hirschfield discuss lessons we can learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Dr. King’s method of integrating deep faith with his political agenda was fundamentally different and far more constructive than is typically used by politicians and activists...."
"Can sainthood be ‘diminished?’ ... Rabbi Irwin Kula raises the question now that Pope Benedict XVI has concluded ... that wartime Pope Pius XII showed a life of such heroic virtues that he is worthy of considering for sainthood...."
"That is how leading yeshiva heads, rabbis and teachers representing the Hesder system, which combines service in the Israeli military with study in rabbinic seminary, are framing the debate about whether or not their students may evacuate West Bank residents from their settlement homes....."
"Rabbis are people, and all people are held to the same ethical standards in Jewish tradition,’ said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield ... ‘Of course all public figures, especially those in positions of religious authority, must be especially mindful of the impact of their actions.
Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu is on the board of ACRE and has been invited to co-chair the Advocacy Committee, that is dedicated to advocating for continuing rabbinic education with funders and rabbis. In video from the ACRE Conference 2009, Rabbi Sirbu discusses the importance of rabbis using cutting–edge communication technology.
From the Alliance for Continuing Rabbinic Education (ACRE)
"President Obama’s Hanukkah greeting Friday was quite moving. But what’s really interesting is to compare it with comments made five years earlier by President Bush...."
Rabbis Kula and Hirschfield were featured speakers at the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia, which took place December 3-9, 2009...Rabbi Kula met with Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (R) and Swami Agnivesh (L) with whom Kula co-taught....
"Chanukah is a time of heroes, but do we really have heroes anymore? It seems as soon as a contender emerges, a story appears almost as quickly undermining his or her potential status. Even President Obama, viewed by so many, whether deservedly or not, as heroic, is watching his popularity drop in the face of not having already met every possible expectation vested in him. And do we really need heroes, anyway?..."
"In a word — Heroism. One was a hero, one is, and all of us either could be or already are...."