"Question: Do you have other mentors? “Alan Hoffman — director general of the Jewish Agency. “Susan Kramer has had an impact on me in terms of encouraging and trying to make sure the Jewish part of our organization lives and breathes. Ellyn Hutt. Irwin Kula, Brad Hirschfeld — the Clal rabbis...."
"Here we go again. On Monday, a narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings declaring them in line with long national traditions. The court said in a 5-4 decision that the content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts. Interestingly, the Obama administration backed the winning side, the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester.
"Where were you the morning of September 11, 2001? What was the cycle of thoughts and feelings that churned through you that day? How do you tell the story of those events today? While many people say that it was a day that "changed everything", do you think it really did?..."
"At the launch of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Innovation Week, which is under way right now in New York City, a gaggle of leaders in innovation shared what they are most excited about in innovation right now. Their answers range from new technological gadgets to new ways to think about our own identities...Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-founder of Disruptor Foundation: ‘The most interesting thing happening in innovation to me now is how people are innovating their identities.
"I plead for Jewish community to be a place where we can lovingly and respectfully engage with the fullness of Israel. Like my country of origin—the UK—or my country of residence—the USA—there are things that make me feel extraordinarily proud, and there are things that sometimes happen that cause me to feel embarrassment or disappointment. Israel has to be experienced—it is an amazing place. The people are as diverse in background and opinion as any other place. There is so much to learn there.
"From ancient promises in the Bible to contemporary prognostications about success in business, the claim is often made that we will do well by doing good. But is it true? Does doing what we think of as the right or good thing really create material success, and should that even matter? I am not so sure that it's true, and yeah, I think it matters..."
"Unless the Jewish community makes room for loving disagreement with Israel, we will all pay a heavy price...."
Rabbi Knopf identifies himself as: the Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, and an alumnus of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders fellowship.
You are invited to a special program on Thursday, May 29 at 7 pm at Central Synagogue (652 Lexington Ave.): "Can Science and Religion Co-Exist?" Rabbi Geoff Mitelman will be moderating a discussion among Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, President of Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Professor Michael Zimmerman, Professor of Biology at The Evergreen State College and Founder of The Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend; Professor Hank Davis, Professor of Evolut
This week the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the rights of a local town council in Greece, NY to open their meetings with a prayer, saying it did not violate the constitutional prohibition against government establishment of religion. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, "the thing that has to accompany public prayer is public space, and carving out space for all those people who pray differently than we do or who may choose to not pray at all."
"Here we go again. On Monday, a narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld that decidedly Christian prayers are allowed at the start of local council meetings, declaring them in line with long national traditions. The court said in a 5-4 decision that the content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts. Interestingly, the Obama administration backed the winning side, the town of Greece, N.Y., outside of Rochester. Not surprisingly our culture warriors lined up...."