“We don’t have a blueprint,” said (Rabbi) Sirbu...“We’re really hoping to rebrand rabbis...so people see rabbis as great resources.”
Recognized as one of American’s top 50 female rabbis by the Forward, Laura Baum is a transformative figure in contemporary Jewish life. This year OurJewishCommmunity.org, the online congregation Rabbi Baum helped create, was named by Slingshot as one of North America’s 50 most innovative and inspiring programs.
The root of the word that we often use to mean charity—tzedakah-is tzedek. Tzedek connotes justice and righteousness. Each time we do something that brings greater tzedek into the world, we are fulfilling the mitzvah of tzedakah and we become a partner for goodness. When we seek ever greater tzedek by soliciting support for a very good cause, we are inviting others to join us as partners in repairing this world.
Potei'ach et yadekha u'masbi'a l'khol chai ratzon
Your open hand sustains life
"So what’s happening in American life? A decentralization of religious teaching and practice, with many people picking and choosing what they’ll believe and do -- sometimes from various traditions. Or, in Kula's vivid metaphor: "From the cathedral to the bazaar."."
"...Perhaps the enduring miracle which Hanukkah celebrates is that there is always more light than we first imagine and that the fuel to create it is really there when look we hard enough and dare to trust its power. Here’s where Hanukkah and Christmas, for all their difference, have a great deal in common...."
"Hitchens often did to religion what much of religion has done, and too often still does, to atheism or any other form of what it deems to be non-religious – compare the best of one tradition to the worst of another which is hardly a fair comparison. But in doing so, Hitchens raised many important questions about fanaticism, ethno-centrism, and the real abuses which faith fuels...."
In recognition of his notable national and international work on Jewish law, Clal Director Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Ph.D., was named Scholar-in-Residence at Fordham University’s Institute for Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work. The position is ongoing, and will include participating on special projects, teaching a Talmud seminar, and appearing at worldwide conferences. This is the first time such a position has been named. Since 2007, Rabbi Blanchard has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s School of Law.
Irwin Kula joins Lauren Green on Fox News.com's "Spirited Debate," to look at how interfaith families approach the holidays, blending traditions in new ways. View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 12/16/11
"Rabbi Brad Hirschfield answers your questions about the festival of lights..."
On Wednesday, December 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m., David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and long-time Senior Clal Fellow, will lecture in the The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Celebrate a masterwork of Hebrew manuscript illumination with a resplendent image of a golden menorah and discover the vital importance of Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition.