‘‘I may not hear very well, but I really know how to listen,’ says Rabbi Darby Leigh, as deaf Jews make strides in the community. On Aug. 1, Rabbi Darby Leigh will begin his tenure as leader of Congregation Kerem Shalom in Concord, Mass. Leigh is “profoundly deaf.” Without his hearing aids, he is unable to distinguish sounds below 90 decibels (the average range of a hearing person is 0-120 decibels, with speech being somewhere around 60 decibels).
This week the world’s media focused on the birth of the Britain’s newest prince and heir to the throne. Rabbi Brad Hirchfield, President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership thinks we should not be cynical about all the attention paid to this child of wealth and privilege, but “allow our celebration of that one baby to challenge us to …create the lives that we hope and believe all children deserve.”
"In this Week's Torah Portion- Parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)- Moses continues his address to the people of Israel, promising them that they will prosper in the land of Israel if they obey God's commandments..."
Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. brings us bilingual poems or daily prayers to start the day. He shares that "many people cope with Monday doldrums with a nice hot shower or a cup of coffee.
Several of Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer’s poems have been translated into Russian by poet Liana Alaverdova. Six of these poems now appear on Literary Echo and in Jewish World. The poems in Literary Echo are: About Niederstetten; Summer Afternoon, 1934; Town Hall; Breaking Laws; and My Father's Sister; and the poems in the Jewish World are Where I am From; and The Photograph in My Hand.
"To the extent that he ever left, George Zimmerman is back in the news, an in a way that serves as an important reminder to both his defenders and his detractors. The Florida man acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin helped pull a man, a woman and two children from the van in which they were traveling, after it rolled over and eventually caught fire. For that act, George Zimmerman, by any definition, is a hero. So how is it possible that today’s hero, is yesterday’s what? Villain? Vigilante? Fool?..."
"Last Wednesday, Supreme Court decisions overturned a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which mandated that federal laws abide by a definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and ruled that the people who sought to overturn a California Supreme Court decision recognizing same-sex marriage had no standing to sue. Local rabbis reacted to the decisions.
"...the making of [the TV program] “A.D.” may set an important standard for the making of so-called religious programming. It may prove that in making such products, nobody needs to check their most deeply held beliefs at the door to the set, but neither can they imagine that primary task is to get others to share any particular set of beliefs...."
Saturday, June 29th, from 8-10pm at Integral Yoga Institute New York, join Clal’s well–known teacher and chant composer, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for an evening of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning. KR and band will bring us together to chant and laugh, sit and move. For people of all faiths. With Shoshana Jedwab, Grant Zubritsky (bass) and more.
Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer was the keynote speaker at Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz’s Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, Massachusetts. A community-wide Holocaust Memorial Day program was held on April 7, 2013.