The Wisdom Daily: The Battle of Ideas: The Open Letter to ISIS October 1, 2014

"I once heard retired General and former Commander of the U.S. Central Command Tommy Ray Franks say, “We can kill every terrorist but we can’t kill terrorism.” Terrorism is a violent ideology, which means military and counter terror operations however justified are only short-term solutions. Ultimately, you cannot bomb ideas out of existence however abhorrent we may find them. Violent ideas actually thrive in violent conditions.

For Israel, A Difficult Season Of Reckoning October 1, 2014

"The season of reckoning is upon us. For Jews, the sentiment will likely evoke thoughts of the upcoming Days of Awe. Both the Hebrew month of Elul and then the ten days of repentance that starts with Rosh HaShana and ends with Yom Kippur is the time when Jews are called upon to go into introspection mode. Where we identify particular sins of commission or omission the Jewish tradition calls upon us to repent and to make amends..."

Tzemah Yoreh: Book of Judgment September 29, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. explores how did the biblical Isaac die? It may be surprising to know that in the original Genesis account, the angel did not stop Abraham's knife, but let Isaac be sacrificed, severing not only his head but also the continuity between Abraham and Jacob. This companion volume to my Kernel to Canon series tells the original story of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Balaam as the Bible once told it, without embellishments or commentary.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Dear Friend, May You Be Written in the Book of Life September 29, 2014

"May you be Written in the Book of Life” is such a nice phrase to utter at this time of year, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Most years I don’t think much about it. It is easy to ignore the weight of the words when everyone in your life is healthy.This year is different. A close friend is struggling with aggressive breast cancer. Instead of casually saying these words, I am fervently praying them on her behalf..."

Rosh Hashanah and Hope for the Future September 24, 2014

As Jews around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah in the midst of global strife, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, reminds us that Rosh Hashanah is a "profound chance to look forward and dare to hope when others say hope makes no sense."


From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

The Wisdom Daily: Widen Your View and Pay Hope Forward September 24, 2014

"When you look at the image above, what do you see? What does it make you think? How does it make you feel? When you look in the mirror what do you see? In each case, what we see, and how we think about these images, can create remarkable opportunities and possibilities for us - if we dare to let it be so.

The Wisdom Daily: A Police Officer, a Homeless Black Man and an NBA Star: A Story of Character September 23, 2014

"Obviously, there are serious tensions and real problems between the police and the black community across the country. Every black person in this country knows that being stopped on the street by the police is one of the more dangerous moments in life - something white people cannot understand. Addressing this will require police departments to make significant changes in their legal, political economic, historical, and social structures.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Meeting My Palestinian Neighbors For the First Time September 23, 2014

"Nine months ago I opened the front door of my apartment in Alon Shvut and took a 20-minute walk that began to change my life. My wife asked me to reconsider—it might be dangerous, she said—but I went anyway. My heart beat just a little bit faster than usual as I walked through the Arab fields and vineyards that surround my home in the Judean Hills...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Talk of Israel and Gaza Draws Congregants' Wrath September 22, 2014

"...Rabbi Ron Aigen [a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow] heard criticism at his synagogue in Montreal this month after he gave a sermon asserting that in the recent battle, Israel had endeavored to live up to the highest standards of Jewish teaching on ethical and just war.

Federation defers decision to include interfaith members September 22, 2014

"...Prior to the discussion on the membership amendment, members of the audience gave a warm reception to keynote speaker, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. A renowned author, lecturer and president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, he has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis.”

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