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The Wisdom Daily: Finding Home Away From Home January 29, 2015

"I am writing this post from Israel, having spent five days visiting our daughter (who is living here for the year), and I'm about to spend a week with a group of Protestant seminary students. But this post isn't really about who I'll be interacting with on my travels. It's about the feeling I have in Israel - and one I hope we all have at special destinations which bring about the sensation of being at home, even when you're far from your regular home base.

Janet R. Kirchheimer Exhibit, Kean University, Union, NJ January 28, 2015

"How to Spot One of Us," a collaborative exhibition of poetry, film and photography by Janet R. Kirchheimer and Aliza Augustine, is showing at Kean University. Join Janet and Aliza at the opening on Tuesday, February 10 from 5:00 - 7:00pm at the Human Rights Institute Gallery. For more information, contact Janet at


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Rabbi Sid Schwarz Led a Service Mission in Haiti with 20 members of Adat Shalom at end of 2014 January 26, 2015

"...Schwarz and 20 congregants returned from a 10-day trip to Haiti in December — the congregation’s third trip in four years to the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. There, they partnered with a pastor and used their bodies and their bank accounts to build houses and provide school tuition for Haitian families, many who had been living under tarps since the devastating 2010 earthquake..."

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on the State of the Union: What Is Fair and Who Gets to Decide? January 23, 2015

Following our President's recent call for a more fair tax system, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield explores why Americans, a generous people on the whole, get stuck debating how much individual taxpayers owe. Is it because we harbor too many doubts about our leaders? "It's not about fairness, it's about trust."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Why a Rabbi? Five Aspirations for Rabbinic Life January 23, 2015

"...Understanding the rabbi as energetic capacitor shifts our question about what Jews need in rabbis. A new kind of answer emerges: Jews most need rabbis to the extent that rabbis fulfill their energetic functions. Critically, a rabbi’s title, learning and visible leadership do not alone discharge these energetic functions..."

The Wisdom Daily: The Power of Unconditional Love January 22, 2015

"What defines great parenting? Clearly, that requires more than a quick answer, but for me at least, that answer includes unconditional love. This video of two gay brothers coming out to their father got me thinking about the power of unconditional love..."

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The Wisdom Daily: Where Is Dr. King’s Dream? January 19, 2015

"Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr., last century's premier exemplar of morality in public life. There will be ceremonies, speeches, television specials, editorials - and there will be very serious protests and demonstrations: Millions of Americans are outraged by the shooting deaths of young Blacks, by racial economic inequality, by a return to segregation in our education system, by the disproportionate incarceration of Blacks...

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on the Latest Charlie Hebdo Cover - What's the Message? January 16, 2015

This week, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published it's first edition since the killings at their offices last week. On the cover: a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie". "I get the impulse to put that cover out," says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of, "I also know that just because you can do something, doesn't necessarily mean you should."

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The Wisdom Daily: Church in Non-Traditional Spaces… Even Bars January 14, 2015

"Have you heard of pub churches? Craft beer, God, and community. Welcome to one of many new venues and ways in which people are doing religion.

Be Proud to Say, 'Je Suis Charlie' January 13, 2015

"Je Suis Charlie — I am Charlie — referring to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 11 employees were murdered in the name of Islam last week, has become the popular rallying cry seen on placards, posters, T-shirts, etc not only across France, but even here in America where professional athletes wore pre-game workout clothes with the slogan..."

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