"...If you ask me what I want out of life, I can answer you fairly easily. If you ask me what I hope for, I can answer that too. But yearning feels deeper than either of those. Yearning feels more tender, more vulnerable. Yearning arises from the innermost chambers of my heart...."
"Google the phrase ‘New Year's Resolution’ and you will be inundated with posts of two basic varieties:
- Variety A includes all the analyses of who makes the resolutions (as many as 75% of us), what they are about (over half related to health and fitness) and how few of us stick with them more 2-4 weeks (about 24%).
One of the wonderful benefits of being part of the Clal family is our relationship to a remarkable network of writers, thinkers, and artists at the forefront of making Jewish wisdom, thought, and practice accessible, meaningful, and impactful. Joshua Halberstam, one of these remarkable people and award winning author, scholar, professor of philosophy and education and Clal Associate, has just published a beautiful and wise book titled, The Blind Angel: New Old Chassidic Tales. It is a contemporary rendering of Chassidic tales that his father Rabbi Tovia Halberstam, a scion of leading Chassidic dynasties, told to audiences of thousands on the Yiddish radio in New York over a period of twenty-five years. Joshua masterfully preserves the authentic religious sensibility and charm of the tales. He opens a window to a world that is unfamiliar and intriguing to many while capturing the universal pleasure, insights, and wisdom in these deceptively complex stories.
Sinai and Synapses, incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are proud to launch two innovative pilot projects regarding Jews, Judaism, and their relationship to science, both funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
"What question will guide your New Year’s resolutions this year? What will be the focus of your self-improvement plan?
Maybe it’s presumptuous of me to imagine you have a key question...."
By Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com
Brad Hirschfield reflects on how religion played a role in world events this year. For him, three stories come to mind: a) ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists, b) the influential Pope Francis and c) the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality decision. Together, all three topics inspire him to consider a larger question, "How will we work out the balance between faith and freedom?" Watch the video for more insight and discussion.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"‘Merry Christmas,’ says this pulpit rabbi and co-chair of the Jewish Renewal movement. Regardless of our theologies and beliefs, the message of Christmas is worthy for Jews to think deeply about – but we need to get clear about what we understand the real message of Christmas to be...."
"It is necessary and right to call out radical Islamic terror for what it is. After all, we cannot overcome what we cannot even name. But it is just as necessary and right to call out radically heroic acts of Islamic bravery and compassion such as those practiced Tuesday on a bus traveling from Nairobi to Madera, Kenya.
Brad Hirschfield, author of ‘You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right’ and President of CLAL and Jim Hoft of TheGatewayPundit.com, conservative blogger and investigative reporter join Steve to discuss the ISIS strategy and how to monitor terrorism.
"Can one really celebrate Christmas, or any other religious holiday for that matter, without at least some acknowledgment of God? Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘really’, but my answer to that question is, ‘Of course you can!’ Just ask the tens of millions of Americans who do so, not to mention the folks at Microsoft, which released a new Christmas ad designed to do just that -- and it does it with genuine beauty to boot!..."