The Wisdom Daily: Beyond The Letter of the Law February 6, 2014

"If you want to know one of the many reasons why the fastest growing religious identification in America is "None" and why millions of Americans are suspicious of organized religion, look at the recent events surrounding Yeshiva University — a 116 year-old institution that is perhaps the pre-eminent institution of Modern Orthodox Judaism. In December 2012 accusations became public that Rabbis at Yeshiva University High School for Boys sexually abused students over a period of two decades and that the Yeshiva University administration knowingly tolerated the exploitation of teenage boys, neither threatening repercussion or informing the police...."

Unusual would-be rabbi, unusual tuition February 6, 2014

"Sandra Lawson is hoping to get by with a little help from her friends…and strangers, too. The third year student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, has taken to social media to crowdfund tuition for the 2014-15 academic year.

SNAP: A Bill's Passage Jeopardizes 70 Million Meals For The City's Hungry February 6, 2014

" Food is love, at least according to many observers of Jewish life. Whether or not food really is synonymous with love, having it or not having it is a very big deal in our tradition. And as the issue of hunger takes a place on our nation’s stage to the tune of billions of dollars, that is something to which we might all pay more than a bit of attention..."

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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