Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Breath of Dignity December 9, 2014

"Being Jewish is a way of being human. Our story does not begin with Abraham, but with the creation of Adam, described at first as male and female and bearing the stamp that would be found upon every one of Adam's descendants throughout all time: the image of G*d, tzelem elohim. And that image, according to the deep wisdom of the Jewish tradition is remarkable because unlike every other image that renders everything with which it is stamped identical, this image creates individuals who are all unique.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Synagogues: Begin with Why December 9, 2014

"Thank you for visiting our website. We are a vibrant congregation with daily and Shabbat services. We offer young adult programming, empty nesters and seniors groups, adult Jewish learning opportunities and many other exciting programs. Please contact our membership director to schedule a time to visit our congregation.” This is a fictional welcome message on a synagogue website. However, messages like this can be found all over the Internet.

The Wisdom Daily: Coming To America December 6, 2014

"Prince William and Duchess Kate have arrived, and all eyes are upon them. Okay, not “all” eyes, but certainly tens of millions of them. Why is that?What makes the “royals” so popular, especially given that they aren’t our royals? Is it simply an extension of our celebrity-obsessed culture, or could it be something more?..."

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The Wisdom Daily: The Shocking Fear of Being Alone with Our Thoughts December 5, 2014

"Here is something frightening. Do you know what one of the most difficult tasks is for people? To do nothing but think! We do not like to be alone with our thoughts. In more than 11 separate studies, psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities showed that people so hated being left alone to simply think - regardless of their age, education, income or the amount they used smartphones or social media - that they chose to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium of solitude...."

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Eric Garner, Peaceful Protests and Leviticus December 5, 2014

This week a grand jury on Staten Island, NY decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. “Whatever you think,” says Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive director of TheWisdomDaily.com, “pick the guy you identify with more and remember the guy you identify with less is every bit as much your brother.”


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Tzemah Yoreh: Songs of Anger December 1, 2014

In this Hebrew (only) volume of poetry, Bible Criticism Scholar and Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. collects his poetic expressions of anger at the discrepancy between the values in the Torah, which is precious to him, and his modern-day humanist values.
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Just Opened: New Theatre’s ‘Gospel According to Jerry’ by Rabbi Irwin Kula and Jerry Krevolin November 25, 2014

From The Miami Herald review: "New Theatre's The Gospel According to Jerry is a two-hander, that theatrical form in which a disparate pair talks, clashes and bonds over the course of the play. This one has two authors as well: playwright-screenwriter Richard Krevolin and Rabbi Irwin Kula.

The tender-hearted piece at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center certainly follows the two-hander form, but the production isn't formulaic — it's lovely."

Thanksgiving Leftovers and Gratitude November 25, 2014

Everyone has their favorite recipes for making the Thanksgiving feast last for days after the holiday meal. But Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, has some tips for stretching the leftover expressions of gratitude into our everyday lives.


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Tzemah Yoreh: J: The Book of Mercy Volume II November 24, 2014

In this book, the companion volume to Kernel to Canon series, Clal Resident and Bible Criticism Scholar Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. tells J’s version of how Moses was chosen, how he rescued Israel from the Egyptians and how he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. It presents the story as the Bible once told it, just E’s original story with J’s additions, without embellishments or commentary. It is J: The Book of Mercy.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on How to Respond to the Jerusalem Attacks November 21, 2014

This week four men, including three rabbis, were killed as they prayed in a bloody attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem. It is the latest act in a part of the world plagued by religious violence. "As horrible as these events are," says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, "the best response never comes from a place of despondency, desperation, depression fear or anger."


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