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 TheWisdomDaily.com, 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.

Sinai and Synapses: More Light, Less Heat — Rabbi Josh Ratner and Rabbi Fred Hyman January 16, 2014

Too often, the discussion around religion and science produces a lot of heat, but very little light. Sinai and Synapses will be working to change that. This is another in a series of conversations with some of the most interesting and dynamic thought leaders — from both the religious and scientific worlds.

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb's Paper One of Top 21 BJPA in 2013 January 16, 2014

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 one of the Berman Jewish Policy Archives 21 most often viewed articles in 2013. For more on the article...

The Wisdom Daily: Chris Christie: A Failure of Leadership January 14, 2014

In the wake of the scandal of traffic disruptions over the busiest bridge in the US, "...[Governor of New Jersey, Chris] Christie sorely misunderstands the responsibility powerful leaders have – to always be asking about the culture they create in which people operate.

Rabbi Owen Gottlieb awarded Covenant Foundation's Signature Grant for the Second Time January 9, 2014

The Covenant Foundation awarded a second prestigious Signature grant to ConverJent for its cutting-edge work in Jewish education. The $33,000 grant, part of approximately 1.8 million to be distributed this year, was made for one year to train educators to use Jewish Time Jump: New York, a geolocative interactive educational game, and to develop a curriculum that can be integrated into its play.

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