The Off-White Papers May 3, 2013

"...In spite of all the extraordinary technological progress that has taken place since disruptive innovation theory was first posited in 1997 (Innovator's Dilemma, Christensen) certain domains have proved to be quite resistant or slow to adopt change. We have observed that these slow-to-change domains such as education, healthcare, religion, conflict resolution, the environment, politics and the military to name a few represent some of the most critical areas waiting to be disrupted.

A Love Song for Shabbat May 2, 2013

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. has just published the first book in his Humanist Prayer Series. In A Love Song for Shabbat he attempts to add some spice to Kabbalat Shabbat. It is intended for anyone who wishes that there were more prayers reflecting contemporary values, while at the same time remaining true to traditional cadences.

Shabbat BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI: Ring in Freedom May 2, 2013

"The American Liberty Bell bears this inscription: ‘Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof’ [Leviticus 25:10]. The United States stands for human freedom. Liberty means the freedom for each individual to choose how he or she would live life and pursue happiness. The American people have no master besides themselves...."

Florida’s anti-Sharia law problematic, and not only for Muslims April 29, 2013

"Having handily passed through the Florida House, and expecting easy passage through the state Senate, the “Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases” bill, could soon be the law in Florida. What is the bill all about? Depends upon whom you ask.""

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Florida's Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases Bill April 26, 2013

"The issue here is the extent to which we are willing to protect people's freedom of individual expression and conscience," says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, discussing pending Florida legislation, also referred to by some as the "anti-Sharia" law.

The Torah of Second Chances April 25, 2013

"...It’s a yearly frustration for lots of people who try to keep up with the Omer – it’s easy to screw it up and lose track, and according to the tradition, if you mess up, well, hey tough. You’re out of luck. That’s why it’s odd that about a month into the Omer (today, in fact) there’s a little known holiday that’s about…second chances.

Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. on When Abraham murdered Isaac April 25, 2013

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. is a "young New York [Bible Criticism] scholar [who] believes he has unearthed the earliest version of the Bible, which features infanticide, a senseless massacre and only seven commandments…Midrash, it has often been noted, is characterized by a refusal to offer decisive, authoritative interpretations of Biblical text.

Rabbi Irwin Kula on Living at the End of Life April 24, 2013

How can we come together around a person facing the end of his life and help him to do so with an eye towards living rather than dying? Hear Rabbi Irwin Kula, Clal President, keynote an evening called "Let's Write the Last Chapter Together" where an open dialogue among patient, family, physician, social worker and spiritual adviser will take place. Thursday, May 9th, 7 pm, Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Circumcision April 24, 2013

My partner and I are both active members of the Jewish community, and we recently learned we are having a baby boy. As we contemplate a brit to welcome this newborn child into the Jewish community, we feel increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of circumcising our son because of the violent nature of this ritual. We both honor and respect Jewish tradition, but we don’t want to subject our son to a nonmedical procedure of this sort.

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg: We Must Speak Out April 22, 2013

"Modern Orthodox leaders need to support Sharansky's proposal and also dissociate from the haredi Western Wall Foundation...Modern Orthodox should make clear that they affirm that the Kotel is the sacred space of the entire Jewish people and not a haredi synagogue where only haredi social norms should be followed. The Kotel existed before the synagogue became the institution of prayer and service of God. The Wall is an historical treasure of the whole nation.

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