"...At a time when the old models of synagogues are at risk and giving evidence of significant decline, CLI is training the next generation of rabbis to re-imagine Jewish spiritual communities and equipping them with the skills to create such communities...."
By Rabbi Sid Schwarz from EJewish Philanthropy
Rabbi Schwarz is a senior fellow at CLAL and the Director of CLI.
"...Not all concerns about securing borders — whether in personal relationships, between nations or most any other situation — are a function of insecure paranoia. In fact, meaningful borders are a part of any healthy relationship. But when the safety and well-being of that relationship is purely a function of who we keep out, the walls become less fortress and more prison, keeping us locked up just as much as securing us from whatever they were meant to keep out...."
A useful detail emerged after the horrific public deaths of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot while broadcasting live from a bucolic tourism site near Roanoke, VA. Parker's father is pledging to honor his daughter's life by advocating for strong gun regulations to save lives in the future; meanwhile, the murderer's past (as a disgruntled ex-journalist) is why he's being called a classic injustice collector by an NYPD counterterrorism official observing the case. For each of us, there's an important lesson in balance: to "raise awareness and sensitivity to injustice, without always being on the lookout for slights." Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, and also suggests three ways to cope with stressful work environments. Watch the Faith on the Record video below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and senior partner at Adam M. Thompson P.C and syndicated talk host and TV commentator, Adam M. Thompson. Issues of the day include: Trump's Immigration Plan vs. the Constitutional Amendment, and Hillary Clinton's Email Debacle Undermines Her.
"...we are open and vulnerable to our missteps and willing to admit when we did wrong, but we don’t take time to celebrate our successes and victories. While we ask ourselves where we missed the mark and what aspects of ourselves do we need to improve, we must also ask ourselves, What did we accomplish this past year? When were our successes? When did our spiritual work of self-improvement pay off?..."
"...There is no more powerful moment than being in the presence of, and holding the hand of, someone dying. There is no lying at the end of life. No one knows better than the person dying whether he or she has lived with purpose and meaning. And how one passes from this world to the next, with bitterness and resentment or grace and love, has much to do with how one lived in this world.
Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger, Heather Hansen and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.
The Daily Wrap features fast-paced, fun conversation from across the ideological spectrum. In one hour, it offers viewers a chance not only to see the hottest stories of the day but to get smarter about those stories by getting the analysis they need to form their own opinions. Brad Hirschfield is a regular on this show.
"...are the skills used in fixing a failed city project transferable to fixing a broken political system? Maybe more than people think. In his own style, using only earned media, Trump has dominated the nation’s entire political agenda and its airwaves, created a new language of bluntness, upended political correctness (tone be damned), freely criticized mainstream media and brought to life a moribund citizenry even if creating a bit of acrimony and anger along the way...."
"...There are bad decisions, decisions for which information is available to warn us away from certain choices. If we ignore that information, we are culpable for those decisions and must atone. There are good decisions, for which we have knowledge that points us toward the best path. If we use that knowledge to make good decisions and benefit, we are to be congratulated. Sometimes, though, we do the best we can with the information we have, and a decision ends up being to our detriment.
"...Some, though not all anger, is as monumental as the anger that emerged from the Holocaust. Most anger exists on a smaller scale. Sometimes anger is justified and others times not. But in all its forms, anger is an expression of our evil inclination and as such it has great destructive potential. Still it also has the potential for good. Anger can drive us to push for change, to protect ourselves and our communities.