Clal Resident Rabbi Owen Gottlieb’s publication, "You Can't Wrap Herring in an iPad: Digitization of Sacred Jewish Books, the Stripping of Embodied Ritual, and Implications for Jewish Education" is now available on the Berman Jewish Policy Archive. We are thrilled that Rabbi Gottlieb is receiving recognition of his work on the cutting edge of technology, gaming and Jewish education.
"Rabbi Sirbu directs the Rabbis Without Borders program, coordinates all of the conferences and facilitates all of the learning experiences and communication without which these RWB rabbis could not function. Because her job often requires her to function behind the scenes and to shine the spotlight on her colleagues, one might easily overlook or dismiss her own talents: She is a deeply spiritual, pastoral and incredibly organized person who inspires many in the course of her day-to-day work.
Bruce Elliott talks about gun violence and the 2nd grader being suspended for making a gun out of pastry with Rabbi Hirschfield.
From Elliott in the Morning on WDOV (AM) and WILM (AM), Dover, DE 3/19/13
"From the moment he walked onto the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square last week, Pope Francis has been doing things that herald great promise not only for Catholics, but for the work of inter-religious relations in particular, and for the role of faith in the world as whole..."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. A 7-year-old is suspended for nibbling pastry into the shape of a gun: Was this a gross overreaction, or a necessary step in combating school violence?
Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath is a “remarkably inspiring idea,” says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, who is president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Given recent shootings, such as Sandy Hook, the Sabbath could provide inspiration for people of faith to take action to prevent violence.
From Odyssey Networks, 3/15/13
Rabbi Irwin Kula offers Passover's wisdom of wrestling with how to become free. We employ a three step meditation on life:
Wherever we are, we are in Egypt;
There is always a promised land - a better, freer place;
and To reach this promised land we need to journey - there is no easy way, no direct path.
Bill Wills and Mike Snyder discuss the fascinating story of the election of the new pope with Rabbi Hirschfield. There is great humility needed in taking this big decision — it’s about who Catholics think God wants in this position that is so integral to the 1.3 billion person community.
From Wills and Snyder in the Morning on WTAM (AM), Cleveland 3/14/13
Rob Schilling speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about finding faith without fanaticism. Anyone who thinks that they are 100% right 100% of the time probably falls in the fanatic category. Rabbi Hirschfield advocates that 10% of the information that one consumes should be something with which one disagrees. This practice doesn't weaken the integrity of what one believes, it gives us bigger perspective.
Pamela Bates speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about Pro Choice vs. Pro Life — when does life begin? Is that a productive conversation about this issue? Tune in at 24:10 to hear Rabbi Hirschfield speak about how we cannot move forward trying to convince the other person that they are wrong.
From The Pamela’s Place on WDNG News Talk, Birmingham, AL 3/8/13