Desert Trials September 17, 2013

Like beautifully layered rock formations lining the walls of a desert canyon, so is the Biblical text as Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. makes it accessible to modern readers. Story is piled upon story until the foundations are invisible. Those foundations tell a different story—one that only a trained geologist can tease from the rock, one that only a Biblical philologist, trained in the dissection of literature, can find in the text.

Colorado floods of ‘biblical proportions’ September 16, 2013

"What is it about weather stories that engage us even when the story has no real effect on us? I think it is because weather is one of the few things left, before which actually feel small. Weather stories, or more accurately their enduring popularity, speak to the sense of awe and majesty that have departed from so many areas of our lives...."

Why Abraham Killed Isaac September 16, 2013

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. makes scripture relevant to modern readers. In this book, he shares his view that in this early version of the Abraham story Abraham the patriarch gave his wife, Sarah, to a local monarch who may have impregnated her with Isaac. The purity of the Israelite bloodline is not in doubt, however, since Abraham killed Isaac to atone for his sins before Isaac had a chance to procreate.

Leaving It Half Finished: Yom Kippur September 14, 2013

"Ordinary items can often capture great meaning. In 1913, Eva Baen joined more than 2 million primarily Eastern European Jews who came to America between 1880-1924. Unlike some, Eva did not leave a difficult life. On the contrary, her family was financially comfortable, her parents loving, yet she longed for something more..."

Brad Hirschfield on Yom Kippur, Syria and the anniversary of 9/11 September 13, 2013

This week marks a confluence of events – the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the ongoing crisis in Syria, and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, talks about how the three events are related.

A Jewish memorial to WTC victims September 13, 2013

"It was the troubling current state of world affairs that prompted Rabbi Irwin Kula to post online this past Wednesday a recording he made back in 2002, on the first anniversary of 9/11...." Read more...

By Renee Ghert-Zand from The Times of Israel

Is there a Jewish identity in videogames? September 10, 2013

Ever wonder about how Jerry Seinfeld’s monologues are a string of rhetorical questions? Or the way Woody Allen’s more self-deprecating pictures (think Crimes and Misdemeanors) end in unknowable existential pondering? The Jewish sensibility is unmistakable in the realm of pop culture. A bemused attitude and spirit of restless inquiry is consistent. But is there also a Jewish quality to games?..."
Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, founder and director of ConverJent, is profiled in this article.

BE*HOLD accepted to the Independent Film Project’s (IFP), Independent Film Week. September 9, 2013

BE•HOLD, a performance film of Holocaust poetry featuring performances by poets, survivors, and actors, has been accepted to the Independent Film Project’s (IFP), Independent Film Week. Taking place September 15-19, 2013 at Lincoln Center, this one-of-a-kind event brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects and support the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers. Janet R.

Rosh Hashanah: Exploring Christian connections (Video) by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield September 9, 2013

The first day of Tishri or Rosh Hashanah, which means "head of the year," began at sunset on Sep. 4, 2013 and marked the beginning of the “civil” new year. The celebration can be traced back to the so-called “Feast of Trumpets.” While one of three decidedly Jewish holy days, Rosh Hashanah has distinctive features with implications for Christians as well."

From Examiner’s

Recording the Past: HA’AZINU September 7, 2013

"Chapter 32 of Deuteronomy depicts Moses offering his final words of wisdom to the Israelites in poetic verse, forty years after leaving Egypt. He struggles to do what so many leaders do nearing their deaths: convey the significance of his experiences to those who themselves never experienced them..."

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