"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.
"...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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Janet R. Kirchheimer, a Clal teaching fellow, read a poem at the Words of Bonds Yom HaShoah program. Held at Symphony Space in Manhattan, Janet read a poem “How I Knew and When” from her book, How to Spot One of Us. Tsvi Bielski, son of Bielski partisan Zus Bielski was a featured speaker and the film Defiance was shown.
Clal Fellow, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi), offers a unique, "Tai Chi Prayer" session at the Silverlake Independent JCC in Los Angeles next Tuesday, the 23rd of April, 2013. View Rabbi Hahn's new video, "Personal Practice: Judaism and Martial Arts."
Rabbi Irwin Kula will speak about "From Main Street to Wall Street: Remoralizing Capitalism." Do markets help make us moral? What happens to our life when everything
becomes a commodity? What responsibilities does wealth entail? At Temple Beth El,Westchester, NY on April 28th, at 3 pm.
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From Clal and Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Irwin Kula joined Lauren Green on Foxnews.com Live’s "Spirited Debate," to discuss God and the Boston bombings and aftermath. How can we reconcile the two? Watch Spirited Debate...
Spirited Debate on FoxNews.com LIVE, 4/19/13