Rabbis Without Borders: They Warned Me About This In Hebrew School February 4, 2017

"It reminded me of so much we teach from Jewish tradition: That study leads to action. A debate raged in the Talmud about the importance of study versus the importance of action. Rabbi Akiva concluded that study is important because it leads to action, and that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw the sign. We learn, we teach, we explore our human values through a Jewish lens, so that we can act when action is needed...."

The Past Week February 2, 2017

Dear Friend of Clal,

You are receiving this message from Clal precisely because it is genuinely different from any communication we have seen from any other organization which has chosen to speak out about the events in our nation over the past week. We don’t make such claims lightly but were it not the case, we would not be writing at all. This message is about you, regardless of your politics.

The Wisdom Daily: Staying Spiritually Awake During Dark Times February 1, 2017

"The world is turning faster and faster and faster, and so many of feel as if we’re about to fall off the carousel. We are shocked at the spin, and cannot find our footing. For, surely, this has never happened before. Surely, we are the first ones to stand at the edge, and look down and down and down, and not know which way to walk in the falling fog.

Israel to allow Venezuelan converts to immigrate January 31, 2017

"In a reversal, Israeli authorities say they will permit nine Venezuelan Jewish converts to move to Israel in light of the humanitarian crisis in the South American country.

Israel's Interior Ministry had initially rejected the converts, claiming they did not meet criteria to ensure that converts are committed Jews, and not only seeking a better life in Israel.

Calling Me a LibTarded B—– Won’t Help January 27, 2017

"Recently someone called me a libtarded b—- in the course of a Facebook discussion regarding the president’s executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule. Also known as the Mexico City Policy, this rule bars foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that promote or provide abortions. I don’t think his comment is helping to heal the rift between people in the world these days.

The Spiritual Consequences of Alternative Facts January 25, 2017

"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 January 25, 2017

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.

Jewish Women Divided Ahead of March on Washington January 21, 2017

"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..."

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By Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua from Haaretz

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech may be his most religious yet January 20, 2017

"...‘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..."

The Wisdom Daily: A Prayer for the President January 19, 2017

"...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.

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