Clal Helps Develop the First Multi-Media Haggadah App for the iPad April 3, 2012

The world's first multimedia Passover Haggadah App for the iPad is now available. Produced, with contributions from Clal President Rabbi Irwin Kula and Clal Senior Associate Dr. David Kraemer, and released by Melcher Media, this innovative Haggadah, is a rich multi-sensory experience, full of songs, interactive commentary, beautiful art, games for kids, and more. It’s a Haggadah for the 21st century, making it accessible and usable to countless people, and combing old traditions with new.

Guess Who’s Coming to Seder? April 2, 2012

"...This year, invite each person at the seder to continue the tradition of welcoming guests to the table. Give everybody the opportunity to share the name of someone who they wished was sitting alongside them. What question might you ask them? What would you love to hear them say? What memory or story would you share with them? What could they teach you about Passover, about the meaning of freedom, or about life?..."

End of Life Medical Ethics April 2, 2012

How does a family decide when it is time to withhold treatment from a loved one? Should an 87 year-old man with multiple system failures be made DNR or seek aggressive treatment?

Guess Who's coming to Seder? March 29, 2012

Guess Who’s coming to Seder?

It’s all up to you, and the guests you invite could create a truly inspiring evening.

Download the Passover Card as a .pdf file

The Seder invites us to go back in time and see ourselves as those leaving Egypt. Why not also bring the past to life and invite those who have left us, or who we have left behind. They can still be with us, so why not have them join the Seder? It’s so traditional!

Individual mandate: Triumph or tragedy for personal responsibility? March 29, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Is the portion of the President's 2010 health care law requiring basically all Americans to obtain insurance -- which the Supreme Court is considering this week -- good for Americans?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 3/28/12

LEAD Interns Learn about Leadership from Clal March 27, 2012

In the last month, Clal faculty met twice with a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The sessions, arranged by Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader, and are part of our ongoing work with LEAD.

Why the Reason Rally is unreasonable March 26, 2012

"...Frankly, I don’t care so much about where people find that sense of meaning and purpose. However, by suggesting that the rest of us who find meaning in faith makes us less than reasonable, is itself neither a fair nor reasonable suggestion, to say the least...."


By Brad Hirschfield from’s Fox Forum, Opinion, 3/24/12

Treyvon Martin and Stand Your Ground Law March 23, 2012

Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lars Larson about the Treyvon Martin shooting, the Stand Your Ground law, and federal involvement in the case.


From the Lars Larson Show syndicated by Compass Media Networks

Disruptive innovation March 23, 2012

Staggering growth in developing economies, new networking technologies, and a renewed spirit of entrepreneurialism is democratizing innovation throughout much of the world. Yet, huge global risks threaten to impede the pace of innovation.

Terror in France: What’s next for Jews and Muslims? March 23, 2012

"Jewish citizens must be reassured that this is not the beginning of an ugly new chapter for Jews in France — one in which Jewish blood is cheaper than that of other French citizens, and Muslim citizens must be reassured on two fronts: 1) That these events do not mark all Muslims either as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, and 2) That political correctness will not get in the way of seeking out those who use Islam as cover and justification for their murderous intent...."

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