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.

The Wisdom Daily: Details: Where God and The Devil Are One January 22, 2014

" The devil is in the details. We've all heard it said so often. Less often heard, the original formulation was that God is in the details. Both are true, whether either God or the devil actually exist. So how can it be both? How can details be sources of sacred insight and wisdom, and also sources of hellish frustration and misery? How can even the same details be absurd picayune minutiae sometimes and fascinating particulars at other times? How can details be the very things which we are meant to rise above, according to some wisdom traditions, and yet according to others, be the very things into which people should immerse themselves if they hope to discover genuine wisdom? The answer comes down to two words: perspective and personal connection...."

The Wisdom Daily: What’s Good for the Duck is Good for the Gander January 21, 2014

"The season five premiere of Duck Dynasty aired this past week and posted its first season-to-season drop in ratings: among adults 18-49, the show was down 33%. The two back-to-back episodes marked the first appearance of the Robertson family since Phil the patriarch’s less than politically correct, unfiltered, unconsciously hateful comments about gay men and blacks in GQ. While still huge numbers for cable, the drop is “newsworthy”. But I’m interested in the visceral reaction to this negative statistic. Are you happy? Indifferent? Perplexed?..."

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on The Sacredness of the Super Bowl January 21, 2014

We now know that the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. According to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, nearly half of Americans polled see some supernatural forces affecting the outcome of sports events. So does God pick a winner Who knows, say Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and Co-founder and Executive Editor of, but there are elements of the sacred in and around the Super Bowl.

Tzemah Yoreh: The Kernel January 21, 2014

In the earliest version of the Five Books of Moses we discover that Abraham may actually have sacrificed Isaac, or that Jacob may have had only seven sons instead of twelve. Without these tools, there would be no way for us to know that the Israelites’ sojourn in Egypt lasted only a few generations, not 430 years, and that when they escaped from Egypt, they numbered just 3,000, not 3,000,000.

The Wisdom Daily: True Religion and Real Religion January 17, 2014

"Can "true religion" be a basis for hatred or division among people? Based on the historical record, it seems clear that the answer is, yes.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: My Children Won’t be Jews Like Me January 17, 2014

"I’ve done everything “right”: given my children Jewish education, sent them to Jewish camps, spent time with them in Israel and modeled engaged Jewish living. But with the celebration of my second child becoming a bat mitzvah and officially beginning her journey as a Jewish adult, I can now say with certainty that my children will not be Jews like me…."

Tzemah Yoreh: Isaac's Death and Resurrection January 17, 2014

According to Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D., in the earliest version of Isaac’s story, Isaac has a very short life. He is killed for his father’s sins in Genesis 22 and is only resurrected by later authors. The newly animated Isaac leads a long and interesting life remarkably like his father’s. Isaac’s Death and Resurrection traces the development of the Isaac story from its divergent beginnings into the canonical text of Genesis. This book is one in the most recent series of Modern Scripture publications.

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