Gilad Shalit returns: One Israeli for 1,027 Palestinians? October 18, 2011

"...The justice argument is the one which gnaws most at the hearts and minds of Israelis who oppose this deal. But it ought to be a source of pride to a nation when extracting justice from others takes a back seat to practicing mercy with regard to one’s own citizens..."

What Now For ‘Occupy’ Protests? October 17, 2011

"One observer, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield...said he believes the Yom Kippur service “is fantastic because it indicates that the people doing it experience a profound linkage between their identity and their vision of America as a whole. Anytime people can take Jewish ‘big,’” he said, can only be viewed as something positive, even if others don’t agree with their politics..."

Crowning God King October 10, 2011

"It is no surprise that this holy uprising, which has brought together Sephardi and Ashkenazi, secular and religious, Jews and Arabs, the center and the periphery, young and old…is happening between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Hashanah. As a people we have a recurring capacity to revive the fantasies of the prophets and what better time than in the weeks before the holidays that celebrate those wild promises. This is the season for dreaming of a world perfected..."

Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement October 10, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks about the significance of Yom Kippur, and the nature of forgiveness and repentance.

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From Odyssey Networks,
10/6/11

Torah Daily: A Daily Dose of Inspiration October 6, 2011

Recently, Rabbi Jason Miller, who was in the first cohort of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders (RWB), was reading The New York Times about a new Facebook site for daily inspiration, Jesus Daily, and thought what a wonderful idea for the Jewish community. Now, through his ingenuity, we have Torah Daily, a wonderful new Facebook site offering people the chance to engage with Torah learning on a daily basis.

Connected: The Film October 5, 2011

In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century.

We invite you to a special preview screening of Connected on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 8pm. A panel discussion and cocktail hour directly following the screening lead by Geoffrey Gilmore with Director Tiffany Shlain. Tribeca Film Center Screening Room (375 Greenwich St.) Seats are limited – please rsvp to Laura Morgan at lmorgan@tribecafilm.com or Janet R. Kirchheimer at jkirchheimer@clal.org.

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From Clal, Craig Hatkoff, Matthew Hiltzik and Rabbi Irwin Kula

Brad Hirschfield on Fox’s The A Team October 5, 2011

Brad Hirschfield joined Lou Dobbs, Fox News Legal Analyst Lis Wiehl and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill of Columbia University, to discuss topics such as Business versus The President and Ron Paul's statement that the U.S. is revolution-ready.

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Fox News, 9/27/11
From The A Team Fox Business, Lou Dobbs Tonight

LEAD at Clal October 5, 2011

This week Clal was visited by a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The visit, arranged by Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader. This is LEAD interns’ second visit to Clal this year.

Brad Hirschfield on Do CEOs and Wall Street deserve the money? (video) October 5, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Do CEOs deserve their huge earnings, the name of Rick Perry's hunting ranch, and the comparison of the Israeli fence to the Berlin wall. Brad Hirschfield’s ethical take on the news.

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 10/4/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week. Check out the site. Topics are posted that morning. Submit questions early!

The Holidays Are Late This Year October 3, 2011

"When we say that the holidays are late, we recover the tradition that celebrates Rosh HaShanah as the birthday of the world and of humanity, while proclaiming our commitment to celebrate that birthday Jewishly. We choose integration over bifurcation, and unity over false dichotomy.
There is particularity, to be sure, because no person lives “in general,” but such particularity cannot become an excuse from connection to that which lies beyond it..."

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