"A few years ago, I was browsing through a Judaica store. After looking at the books, and the Shabbat candlesticks, and the seder plates, I happened to come across something that never would have even occurred to me. It was a light bulb in a box with the words ‘Eternal Light.’ And right below the words ‘Eternal Light,’ were the words, ‘Lasts 4000 hours.’..."
We are very proud that Clal Senior Fellow and Director of our CLI (Clergy Leadership Incubator,) Rabbi Sid Schwarz, gave the Hanukkah address at the White House Hanukkah reception last night. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama, the event drew many prominent American Jews along with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin.
"There is still time to do some Hanukah shopping, and weeks to go until we hit Christmas, so I hope that people will go out and buy presents for those they love. That shouldn’t be a controversial statement, but in some quarters it is quickly becoming one.
On Saturday 12/12/15 from 5:30-7:30, don't miss Rabbi Andrew Hahn, PhD — the Kirtan Rabbi's Hanukkah appearance at Integral Yoga Institute with Shoshana Jedwab. Learn about the story of Hanukkah and, after lighting candles, sing a little. Discuss and meditate on the power of the number eight and its ability to take us beyond this world. Stay for a Hanukkah kirtan after the satsang. It promises to be a deep and fun evening!
Rabbi Irwin Kula, formerly of Congregation B’nai Amoona in Creve Coeur and currently president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), believes that the organized Jewish community must adapt to new realities regarding connections to mainstream synagogues and organizations....
"...Today, I raise my voice, having chosen my words with great care. I will not comment in class about the offensive remarks of presidential hopefuls. I dare not derail us from our mission to seek Jewish wisdom in our study of Torah that informs our lives and helps us grow as human beings. Instead, I choose to share the narrative of my Grandpa Harry’s immigration, as I recite seven stanzas over the Oberaargauer Brass Band’s rendition of ‘Coming to America....’"
Yet again, the nation watched in horror as two shooters opened fire at an office holiday party in San Bernardino, California. As each entrenched side of the gun debate digs into their position, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, says that this is no time to play politics — &quto;stirring the pot of moral outrage" will not help bring about the cultural change needed to address the problem of mass violence in America.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
On Dec. 5th, join Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, at Romemu, for Soul Food Lunch and Learn - The Tao of Tanya: Why and How We Meditate as Jews, based on the teachings of the Alter Rebbe
Stay for the afternoon for Shivti Tai Chai Meditation: Bittul ha-Yesh. After a light warm-up and meditation, delve deep into the Jewish prayer principle of Bittul ha-Yesh, getting ready for prayer by making ourselves transparent before God.
"No matter how much money each of us donated yesterday on what has come to be known as Giving Tuesday, it certainly wasn’t as large a charitable commitment as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan made. On the occasion of the birth of their daughter, Max, yesterday the couple pledged to donate 99 percent of their stock shares of Facebook (currently about $45 billion) during their lifetimes to improve the world for the next generation...."
Steve Malzberg speaks with Brad Hirschfield and Adam Thompson, Criminal Defense Attorney, about the debate on gun control, Obama's speech in Paris, and the San Bernardino shooting."