"Dear Kellyann, I am writing to you, not in the spirit of my initial emotional response to your having invoked ‘Alternative facts’ when explaining Press Secretary Spicer’s description of the inaugural crowds last Friday as being far larger than they actually were.
The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate is the winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in the Women’s Studies category. This important book was edited by Rebecca Einstein Schorr, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and Alysa Mendelson Graf. Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow also has a chapter in the book as well as our own Rebecca W. Sirbu.
"Members of some organizations aren’t marching because of Shabbat, but others fear the event might push an agenda hostile to Israel. “I’m usually Shabbat observant,” says Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, director of Rabbis Without Borders for Clal..."
"...‘There remains a deep divide in this country between those who believe that religious traditions should be a recognized and celebrated part of public life, and those who believe that their particular religious tradition should publicly recognized as uniquely true,’ said Rabbi Brad Hirschfield..."
"...Dear President Trump, My Tradition encourages me to pray for our appointed and elected government leaders. You are indeed the President of our United States. You were elected by the system, which has elected presidents since our inception as a Nation. The success of your work would be a good thing for my family, people and me. I will not participate in denying your legitimacy as our president because I have abhorred the actions of those who have done so to President Obama the past eight years.
"...it wasn’t sufficient to prove to your opponent that you were smarter and/or more well-informed, and therefore should be taken seriously. You had to actually listen to what he or she had to say if you wanted to change hearts and minds...how do you stop yourself from always believing that you’re right? Maybe most people won’t admit it, but doesn’t everyone think that people who disagree with them are just wrong?
"...I must march. I am a woman in a male-dominated profession. I have been sneered at, grabbed, and sexually harassed. I have been ignored, belittled, and undervalued. I will march to show that none of this will stop me. I hope to join thousands of women who feel the same way, thousands who will raise their voices to be heard. Who will not settle for being treated as second class citizens in this great country of ours...."
"...It’s about who is better positioned to fix what is broken between the parties. The exercise of that awareness is just one of the obligations which come with power, and what distinguishes the ethical use of power from simple demagoguery...."
"‘This really is the death of religion as an important force to repair society,' [Rabbi Irwin] Kula said. 'All that religion has become in America is a force to be used by political powers.'
As a result, on inauguration day, no matter who is praying or what they say, the polarization and politicization of the United States will be on display, Kula said.
Even so, Kula said he’s curious to see what Graham and Hier say in their prayers.
"Imprints," a poem by Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, is one of the top five popular poems in the online journal, as well as one of the top five most shared articles/poems for 2016. Bearings Online is a journal of Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies, a place of scholarship, worship, dialogue, and community immersed in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer.