New Rabbi Careers Website Disrupts the Rabbinic Placement Process September 8, 2016

Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, Director of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders and the founder of the site says, “The need for RabbiCareers.com has become increasingly clear over the past couple of years. First, there has been a rise in the number of congregations unaffiliated with any Jewish denomination, these communities do not have access to the denominational rabbinic placement process and have a hard time finding rabbis.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Make a Window in the Word September 8, 2016

"My favorite chassidic teaching is a teaching about prayer couched in a homily on Noah’s Ark. God tells Noah to make a window in his ark. Teyva, the word for ark, means container. Teyva is also Hebrew for letter, or word, containers of meaning. Thus, the teaching on prayer is: make a window in the word. This means that our prayers should not be confined by the “box” of conventional liturgy.

The Wisdom Daily: If Only Star Trek Understood How Religious It Is September 8, 2016

"Enterprise, what a God-haunted mission you are on. All around you there is light, star-shot and splintered in the endless skies through which you journey. And yet you cannot grasp the Light from which all else proceeds, catching only fleeting glimpses in your own souls and the countless souls of those you encounter in the seemingly endless multiverse of unknown magnitude...."

The Wisdom Daily: What George Carlin Can Teach Us About Joking About Tragedy September 7, 2016

"George Carlin spent most of his professional life as a provocative, thoughtful, funny and sometimes offensive, commentator on human life and contemporary American culture. He was the guy whose record albums (assuming you are old enough to know what those were) we bought as kids with a measure of transgressive glee, and brought home to listen to with even greater glee.

Clal Resident, Owen Gottlieb's game, Lost & Found, featured at the 50th Anniversary of the NEH September 7, 2016

Lost & Found, Owen Gottlieb's game,will be featured at the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information:

Push For Synagogues To Focus On Mental Illness - Conference Monday, Sept. 12th, NYC September 7, 2016

"Late last month, Joanne Harpel and Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman met in a restaurant to celebrate what would have been their brother Stephen’s 50th birthday. They’ve been holding the annual ritual with several of their brother’s friends since 1993, when Stephen committed suicide at the age of 26...On September 12, 2016, the pair is commemorating their brother’s life a second time, by organizing the conference “What Do I Do When … ?

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: How Can We Forgive the Unforgivable? September 7, 2016

"...What about when love doesn't carry the day? It is well-known that Jewish law states that for wrongs between people, God does not forgive until forgiveness is asked and received by the people involved. And in theory, no one wants to be that person who can't let go, who refuses the request for forgiveness. But is it really possible, or even right to forgive everything?..."

The Wisdom Daily: Why Spirituality Matters For Our To-Do Lists September 6, 2016

"Lately my to-do lists seem to be spontaneously breeding. I write a list, then later that day or the next, I'll start another list. I might find the first list and add to it. I might have one list on my computer, a different one on the refrigerator and a third on a scrap of paper in my purse. I am not sure that the ‘to-do’ list apps on my portable electronics help, since no two lists match. Each list seems important, or, has at least one important item on it...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Back to School: There's a Prayer for That September 2, 2016

"I feel a little anxiety. A little sadness. I'm excited, but also a little helpless. For the first time, my kids don't want me to drive them to school. I expect this from my middle schooler, but my 9 year old? When did he stop needing me?..."

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By Rabbi Melinda Mersack, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com

The Wisdom Daily: Make Fall Your New Beginning In Four Easy Steps September 1, 2016

"We're almost at that magical time of year – that time that makes me happy I live in New England and able to witness the most beautiful fall foliage. Taking nature walks this time of year fills me with a sudden, invigorating desire to make this my new start.

What is it about fall that brings so many new beginnings to mind?..."

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