Tzemah Yoreh: The Circle of Life February 3, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. attempts to add some spice to Jewish life cycle events. It is intended for anyone who wishes that there were more prayers reflecting contemporary values, while at the same time remaining true to traditional cadences. This book is one in the most recent series of Modern Scripture publications.

Brad Hirschfield: What search for “Adam’s genes” tells us about ourselves January 31, 2014

"This week,'s Jeremy Kaplan reported, that "a pair of scientific studies using the latest genetic evidence are seeking to identify the very first man to walk the Earth, the so-called 'Adam.'" The search for “Adam’s genes” tells a compelling story — a story of more than unlocking the genetic code of the first human, but also a story of the human desire to see meaning and purpose in all that we do, whether we consider ourselves religious or not...."

LIVE Web Series - Disrupting Change: Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards January 30, 2014

What do Pope Francis, FedEx and the Fosbury Flop have in common? Innovation Excellence brings you an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula that begins to answer this question.

Brad Hirschfield on the State of the Union and the Spirit of Citizenship January 29, 2014

The most important message of the 2014 State of the Union Address by President Obama was his use of the phrase "spirit of citizenship", according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and Co-Founder and Executive Editor of "It suggests that there is a 'we', that we share something, we are citizens of something larger than ourselves."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Google Glass in the bedroom?! January 29, 2014

"...Back in 2006 Justin Timberlake promised that he was “bringing sexy back”, but I guess he never got around to it because this past week we found out the profound function of last year’s most exciting invention, Google Glass...Serious Question: Can rabbis help us bring sexy back?..."
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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Pete Seeger's Hometown Rabbi Remembers When January 29, 2014

"...for Pete, it wasn’t about the music as much as it was about the community that comes together around music. At the beginning of “Rise Up Singing”, Seeger writes “Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece?”..."

Janet R. Kirchheimer at Italian Consulate Holocaust Memorial Ceremony January 27, 2014

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz was liberated by Russian troops. That day has become International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Janet R. Kirchheimer, Clal teaching fellow, participated in the annual memorial ceremony held at the Consulate General of Italy in New York where names of Italian victims of the Holocaust are read through the day.

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Brad Hirschfield: Is Submission a Dirty Word? January 27, 2014

Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico made headlines recently when he wrote in his new memoir, "Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!" that a "wife is to voluntarily submit to her husband." Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL, and co-founder and executive editor of, explores submission, marriage and the all-important word "voluntary."

Tzemah Yoreh: On The Borders of Canaan January 27, 2014

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. discusses what if in the earliest version of the arrival on the borders of Canaan Moses doesn’t die, he lives, having conquered the land of Canaan, which for this kernel is the northeastern bank of the Jordan. The account this kernel tells actually ends with Balaam prophesizing their ultimate conquest of Moab, and much more territory besides.

Sinai and Synapses: Embracing Religion at MIT January 24, 2014

When people think of MIT, most people imagine one of the bastions of the scientific and engineering world. But there are at least two people there who embrace not only science, but religion, as well. As part of Sinai and Synapses‘ series “More Light, Less Heat,” Rabbi Michelle Fisher and Professor Ian Hutchinson share how they view the relationship between religion and science.

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