Rabbi Owen Gottlieb's Paper One of Top 21 BJPA in 2013 January 16, 2014

Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb’s publication, "You Can't Wrap Herring in an iPad: Digitization of Sacred Jewish Books, the Stripping of Embodied Ritual, and Implications for Jewish Education" is one of the Berman Jewish Policy Archives 21 most often viewed articles in 2013. For more on the article...

The Wisdom Daily: Chris Christie: A Failure of Leadership January 14, 2014

In the wake of the scandal of traffic disruptions over the busiest bridge in the US, "...[Governor of New Jersey, Chris] Christie sorely misunderstands the responsibility powerful leaders have – to always be asking about the culture they create in which people operate.

The Wisdom Daily: The Politics of Pregnancy January 9, 2014

"Political struggles over pregnancy, the right to terminate it, when life begins, and who gets to make those decisions, are nothing new. A case unfolding in Texas however, brings those struggles to a new level, one which invites us to ask important questions about the politics of pregnancy, and the value of planning for as good a death as possible...."
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Rabbi Owen Gottlieb awarded Covenant Foundation's Signature Grant for the Second Time January 9, 2014

The Covenant Foundation awarded a second prestigious Signature grant to ConverJent for its cutting-edge work in Jewish education. The $33,000 grant, part of approximately 1.8 million to be distributed this year, was made for one year to train educators to use Jewish Time Jump: New York, a geolocative interactive educational game, and to develop a curriculum that can be integrated into its play.

The Wisdom Daily: A Gun Activist on the Firing Line January 8, 2014

"You might not have read this news item unless you are a gun enthusiast but this may bode well for our gun control debate. Dick Metcalf, a pre-eminent gun journalist, was recently removed from Guns & Ammo magazine and taken off the roster of star speakers reviewing new firearms for gun companies. Why?

Jews and Tattoos: Navigating a new landscape January 8, 2014

"Once a month at our family Shabbat service we ask families to submit questions in advance in what, in lieu of a sermon, is our ‘So now you know’ slot... I was asked to address the questions of tattoos in Jewish tradition. This included, of course, the question as to the truth of the myth that a tattoo denies one burial in a Jewish ceremony...."

Mayor Bill De Blasio's Faith: A 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Leader And Pioneer January 6, 2014

"From its historic black churches to large Jewish enclaves to landmark Catholic and Protestant churches, New York City is the ultimate religious melting pot. And now, overseeing it all is a new mayor whose only religious identity seems to be “spiritual but not religious.”..."

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From Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post,
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When Is Chinese New Year In 2014? January 6, 2014

"Goodbye, year of the water snake, and hello, year of the wooden horse. The Chinese New Year, or Nónglì Xinnián, is coming up on Jan. 31, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar..."

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From Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post Canada,
1/6/14

Teaching Our Children Well January 3, 2014

"What is great education all about? I don’t simply mean how do we get kids to achieve better grades. I mean, how do we get kids, or anyone else for that matter, to seriously engage in what we deem to be important? How do we effectively transmit our values, our traditions, our sense of what life is all about – you know, the stuff about which we most care, to our children? In fact, even if you don’t have kids, the question remains the same.

Ethical Jam: A Jewish convert’s dilemma January 2, 2014

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to a dilemma faced by a convert to Judaism. "I converted to Judaism ten years ago, and continue to feel very happy about this crucial life choice. I am part of a warm and vibrant traditional, egalitarian minyan, with good friends and regular opportunities for study, celebration, and volunteer service.

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