Clal Rabbis on Changing the Dynamic: Police Reform June 18, 2015

[Rabbi Irwin Kula stated] "The truth is that nobody in power wants to change the power dynamics. [But] all people with power have to be restrained sometimes. And that is in the best interests of the people exercising power because it restores trust and the transparency that is the basis of trust."

Why is Rachel Dolezal any different from Caitlyn Jenner? June 17, 2015

"Why is it that a person born with male anatomy can self-identify and live as a woman, but someone born into a Czech-German body can't self-identify as African-American? Is gender identity a construct, while racial identity is inextricably connected to one's biology?

Rabbi Irwin Kula, Featured Educator for the Jewish Leadership Corps in Arizona June 17, 2015

"....As the first graduates of JLC, we know that this is not the end of our journey; it has only just begun. We are now positioned to go out into the community and face the difficult issues before us....Over the course of eight months, we heard lectures from and workshopped with innovators of our time: leaders like...Rabbis Ari Hart, Irwin Kula and Noah Farkas, and, of course Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, the creator of and guiding force behind JLC."

The Widsom Daily: What’s In a (Father’s) Name? June 16, 2015

"...Perhaps the takeaway - the lesson I learn by reflecting on the meaning of Father's Day, even when my father has died - is that as fathers (and mothers), we should worry less about the family name and more about its values. And rather ironically, we may then be more likely to raise children who, because love and values trump name and "brand," end up worrying about the perpetuation of the family name!..."


Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Vision Of Judaism For My Newborn Daughter June 16, 2015

"... I yearn for you to develop a rich, spiritually penetrating prayer life. To find not only fluency within Jewish liturgy but contemporary resonance that connects with your neshama, your soul. I hope that you will come to a theology that doesn’t hide form reality but also isn’t so thin that it is devoid of support and comfort in times of struggle. I want you to learn not only how to perform rituals but what those rituals are intended to signify..."

The Daily Wrap with Brad Hirschfield June 16, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Noah Rothman.
Donald Trump makes it official. Will voters buy what he is selling? Rachel Dolezal speaks out. And Prince plays at the White House. Who paid? Plus many more issues of the day.

The Wisdom Daily: Why an Antigay Church Supports a Clinton Health Philanthropy June 12, 2015

"...[Hillary,] Like all household names, people are quick to judge her every move. And not always fairly, as was the case recently, when it came to light that an HIV/AIDS health initiative affiliated with the Clinton Foundation accepted a donation (in the range of $1-10 million over the last five years) from the Cameroon Baptist Convention.

Faith, Women And Philanthropy: An Opportunity June 12, 2015

We mourn the passing of Donna M. Rosenthal, our former Executive Vice chair. Donna was a committed professional, a devoted volunteer to so many causes, a beloved friend and wise counselor to many, she will be truly missed by all those whose lives she touched. May her memory be a blessing.
The following talk was presented by Donna Rosenthal at the National Conversation on Faith, Women and Philanthropy, San Francisco, CA on December 6, 2005.)

Franklin Graham vs. Wells Fargo Bank: When Faith and Commerce Meet June 12, 2015

Rev. Franklin Graham attracted headlines and criticism this week when he withdrew the accounts of his non-profit, Samaritan's Purse, from Wells Fargo Bank over an ad that depicted a lesbian couple adopting a child. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of, disagrees with Graham's actions, but believes he has something to teach us in his response to his critics. For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

"Bus Ride, Early September Morning" by Janet R. Kirchheimer June 11, 2015

"The young girl, who looks
no older than seven or eight,
her black hair draped
on her arms, leans out
of the bus window
as if she were sleeping.

Only her turquoise and black shirt,
ripped open, and the blood
streak down the side of the bus
tell you she is dead."

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