The Wisdom Daily: How Open Are You to New Points of View? December 11, 2014

"...Old points of view create obstacles preventing us from healing the explicit and implicit racism that still exists in our country. I suggest that, for the foreseeable future, when you hear opinions about race, you take the following three steps:

Terror Attack Anywhere Is Threat to 'Forces of Decency' Everywhere December 10, 2014

"A knife-wielding terrorist stormed a synagogue, screaming that he "wanted to kill (the) Jews." No this was not in Jerusalem, where a similar attack two weeks ago took the lives of five innocent victims — four rabbis at prayer and a brave Druze police officer who tried to stop the murderers. This attack occurred Tuesday in the Brooklyn, New York, headquarters of Chabad, the world’s largest Hasidic community.

What's the Big Deal about Hanukkah? you! December 9, 2014

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In a world that often confuses celebrity with achievement and big numbers with big value, Hanukkah celebrates our unique value and capacity for greatness.

The Wisdom Daily: Navigating Questions of Faith After You Fall in Love December 9, 2014

"The other night I had dinner with a remarkable young couple. Each comes from very serious, beautiful families of different religious origins. He has an Ethical Culture and Quaker background, embodying what I call a secular spirituality. Meanwhile, it was her Jewish parents who arranged our get-together. Both are smart, good, responsible people with whom I've worked on creative projects in Jewish life for years..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Breath of Dignity December 9, 2014

"Being Jewish is a way of being human. Our story does not begin with Abraham, but with the creation of Adam, described at first as male and female and bearing the stamp that would be found upon every one of Adam's descendants throughout all time: the image of G*d, tzelem elohim. And that image, according to the deep wisdom of the Jewish tradition is remarkable because unlike every other image that renders everything with which it is stamped identical, this image creates individuals who are all unique.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Synagogues: Begin with Why December 9, 2014

"Thank you for visiting our website. We are a vibrant congregation with daily and Shabbat services. We offer young adult programming, empty nesters and seniors groups, adult Jewish learning opportunities and many other exciting programs. Please contact our membership director to schedule a time to visit our congregation.” This is a fictional welcome message on a synagogue website. However, messages like this can be found all over the Internet.

The Wisdom Daily: Coming To America December 6, 2014

"Prince William and Duchess Kate have arrived, and all eyes are upon them. Okay, not “all” eyes, but certainly tens of millions of them. Why is that?What makes the “royals” so popular, especially given that they aren’t our royals? Is it simply an extension of our celebrity-obsessed culture, or could it be something more?..."

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The Wisdom Daily: The Shocking Fear of Being Alone with Our Thoughts December 5, 2014

"Here is something frightening. Do you know what one of the most difficult tasks is for people? To do nothing but think! We do not like to be alone with our thoughts. In more than 11 separate studies, psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities showed that people so hated being left alone to simply think - regardless of their age, education, income or the amount they used smartphones or social media - that they chose to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium of solitude...."

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Eric Garner, Peaceful Protests and Leviticus December 5, 2014

This week a grand jury on Staten Island, NY decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. “Whatever you think,” says Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive director of, “pick the guy you identify with more and remember the guy you identify with less is every bit as much your brother.”

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Tzemah Yoreh: Songs of Anger December 1, 2014

In this Hebrew (only) volume of poetry, Bible Criticism Scholar and Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. collects his poetic expressions of anger at the discrepancy between the values in the Torah, which is precious to him, and his modern-day humanist values.
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