Is All Murder Equal? The Death of London McCabe November 7, 2014

This week, Jillian McCabe threw her autistic 6-year-old son London from a bridge to his death. The murder has provoked many reactions, among them a surprising amount of sympathy for the mother, who was by many accounts overwhelmed by her son's condition. "When our sense of mercy for one person is built on the message that the person they have harmed or killed is less than human because of whatever affects them, something is terribly wrong." says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of

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The Wisdom Daily: Bridging Our Divides – Words of Wisdom from Lincoln November 5, 2014

"We have come to learn over the past few years that elections, as critical as they are, do not insure a healthy democratic society. Citizens committed to freedom and a public culture with institutions that enable deliberative conversations and political compromise make real the promise of democracy implied by free elections. Well, we wake up today after our free elections - with the same, if not greater political dysfunction and cultural polarization, than we had 48 hours ago..."

4,000 Years, 10 Jokes November 5, 2014

"Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor-in-chief of the New Jersey Jewish News, is a veteran of the Jewish community’s communications world, with previous stints at The Forward and Clal. He’s also a maven on Jewish humor. He’ll talk about “The History of the Jews in Ten Jokes” at Temple Emanu-El’s adult education Skirball Center on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and 10. The Jewish Week interviewed him by email. This is an edited transcript..."

The Wisdom Daily:The (Almost) Hundred Million Dollar Men November 4, 2014

"Who do you think are the top two earning personalities in entertainment this year? Would you be surprised to find out that the list toppers are Simon Cowell and Howard Stern, tied at roughly $95 million?..."

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The Wisdom Daily: Review: The App Generation November 4, 2014

"I don’t know about you, but there are times I feel swallowed up by the new technologies. Yet, whenever I try to take a break for a few days from surfing the Internet or from my Facebook or Twitter accounts, I wind up missing out on stuff happening not only in the world but in people’s lives – deaths, births, weddings, moves, new jobs, insights, stories – and I am terribly unnerved and uneasy as if I’m in exile from myself and not in the world..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Attention Seinfeld Fans: Read This Book by Peter Mehlman November 4, 2014

"It Won't Always Be This Great is a work of fiction, but it's such a detailed and crazy narrative that one could easily believe it to be true -- in a very Jewish Larry David sort of way. The concept of the book is that the narrator is sitting bedside at a hospital and retelling an elaborate story to his comatose friend. The outlandish story begins on a Friday night in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood where people stop driving on the streets at sundown for Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath...."

To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine October 31, 2014

The question of whether or not to quarantine those returning from West Africa who have been caring for people with Ebola is in the forefront of many people’s minds. This is a question that has plagued man since Biblical times and that while the risk is real, so was the need for people to take care of one another.Watch Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of discuss the topic.

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Learning, Education and Games. Volume One: Curricular and Design Considerations October 29, 2014

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, founder and director of ConverJent incubated at Clal, as well as assistant professor of Interactive Games and Media at RIT and and an affiliate researcher with the RIT MAGIC Center has a new case study of Jewish Time Jump: NY featured in this new book. This book is perfect for any educator or designer seeking an introduction to research-driven best practices for using and designing games for learning.

East Coast Premiere of "The Gospel According to Jerry" by Richard Krevolin & Rabbi Irwin Kula! October 28, 2014

Miami's New Theatre is delighted to present the Eastern Premiere of The Gospel According to Jerry by writing duo Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula. The Gospel According to Jerry runs from November 21 - December 14, 2014 4 at the beautiful, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC), 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, Florida 33189.

Penned by writing duo Richard Krevolin and Irwin Kula, the play revolves around a life changing relationship between a Rabbi and Gospel singer where neither of them are able to move forward without the other's support. The Gospel According to Jerry received its World Premiere at the Minnesota Jewish Theater in April, 2011.

Richard Krevolin is a screenwriter, playwright, fiction author and has taught dramatic writing at USC, UCLA and UGA. He is the author of many books on storytelling and dramatic writing. His plays have been nominated for an Ovation Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been performed by David Proval, Ed Asner, Allen Arbus, Jean Smart, Mackenzie Phillips and Richard Kline. He recently wrote, directed and produced the documentary film, MAKING LIGHT IN TEREZIN, which will be on PBS in March, 2015.

Rabbi Irwin Kula inspires people worldwide by using Jewish wisdom to speak to all aspects of modern life. He has worked with leaders from the Dalai Lama to Queen Noor and with institutions in Bhutan and Rwanda and across Europe and the United States to promote compassionate leadership. He is the author of the award-winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (2006), creator of the acclaimed film, Time for a New God (2004), and the Public TV series Simple Wisdom (2003), and is the President of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Editor of

The play is directed by New Theatre Company member Stephen Neal and features a tour de force cast of Christina Alexander and John Manzelli. Production Team includes: Stephen E. Davis, Eric Nelson, Anton Church, Travis Neff, Geordan Gottlieb & TLC Events Group, Erik J. Rodriguez, Jennifer Lehr, Gabriel Bonilla & Eileen Suarez

Performances will take place on Friday & Saturday at 8:30 pm and Sunday at 1 pm and 5:30 pm. There will NOT be a Sunday 5:30 pm performance on November 23rd. General Admission tickets are: Advance tickets $26 and Same Day tickets $31. To purchase tickets visit or call the SMDCAC box office at 786-573-5300.

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The Wisdom Daily: In Memoriam: Jack Bruce, Legendary Cream Bassist October 27, 2014

"A Gadol, which in Hebrew means big or great, is a designation in Jewish wisdom for a creative sage who transcends boundaries of time and place. On Saturday a Gadol – Jack Bruce, the singer and bassist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Cream – died at the age of 71.."

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