" The devil is in the details. We've all heard it said so often. Less often heard, the original formulation was that God is in the details. Both are true, whether either God or the devil actually exist. So how can it be both? How can details be sources of sacred insight and wisdom, and also sources of hellish frustration and misery? How can even the same details be absurd picayune minutiae sometimes and fascinating particulars at other times? How can details be the very things which we are meant to rise above, according to some wisdom traditions, and yet according to others, be the very things into which people should immerse themselves if they hope to discover genuine wisdom? The answer comes down to two words: perspective and personal connection...."
"The season five premiere of Duck Dynasty aired this past week and posted its first season-to-season drop in ratings: among adults 18-49, the show was down 33%. The two back-to-back episodes marked the first appearance of the Robertson family since Phil the patriarch’s less than politically correct, unfiltered, unconsciously hateful comments about gay men and blacks in GQ. While still huge numbers for cable, the drop is “newsworthy”. But I’m interested in the visceral reaction to this negative statistic. Are you happy? Indifferent? Perplexed?..."
We now know that the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. According to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, nearly half of Americans polled see some supernatural forces affecting the outcome of sports events. So does God pick a winner Who knows, say Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and Co-founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, but there are elements of the sacred in and around the Super Bowl.
In the earliest version of the Five Books of Moses we discover that Abraham may actually have sacrificed Isaac, or that Jacob may have had only seven sons instead of twelve. Without these tools, there would be no way for us to know that the Israelites’ sojourn in Egypt lasted only a few generations, not 430 years, and that when they escaped from Egypt, they numbered just 3,000, not 3,000,000.
"Can "true religion" be a basis for hatred or division among people? Based on the historical record, it seems clear that the answer is, yes.
"I’ve done everything “right”: given my children Jewish education, sent them to Jewish camps, spent time with them in Israel and modeled engaged Jewish living. But with the celebration of my second child becoming a bat mitzvah and officially beginning her journey as a Jewish adult, I can now say with certainty that my children will not be Jews like me…."
According to Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D., in the earliest version of Isaac’s story, Isaac has a very short life. He is killed for his father’s sins in Genesis 22 and is only resurrected by later authors. The newly animated Isaac leads a long and interesting life remarkably like his father’s. Isaac’s Death and Resurrection traces the development of the Isaac story from its divergent beginnings into the canonical text of Genesis. This book is one in the most recent series of Modern Scripture publications.
Too often, the discussion around religion and science produces a lot of heat, but very little light. Sinai and Synapses will be working to change that. This is another in a series of conversations with some of the most interesting and dynamic thought leaders — from both the religious and scientific worlds.
Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb’s publication, "You Can't Wrap Herring in an iPad: Digitization of Sacred Jewish Books, the Stripping of Embodied Ritual, and Implications for Jewish Education" is one of the Berman Jewish Policy Archives 21 most often viewed articles in 2013. For more on the article...
In the wake of the scandal of traffic disruptions over the busiest bridge in the US, "...[Governor of New Jersey, Chris] Christie sorely misunderstands the responsibility powerful leaders have – to always be asking about the culture they create in which people operate.