Clal makes the gifts of Jewish tradition accessible tools for spiritual growth and development.
"Wisdom involves making difficult choices in challenging situations. In the United States today, we are deluged by rapidly changing circumstances, required to make ethical choices, political choices, economic choices while the substrate underlying those choices is behaving a bit like melting Jello. How do we cope?
"Recently someone called me a libtarded b—- in the course of a Facebook discussion regarding the president’s executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule. Also known as the Mexico City Policy, this rule bars foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that promote or provide abortions. I don’t think his comment is helping to heal the rift between people in the world these days.
The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate is the winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award in the Women’s Studies category. This important book was edited by Rebecca Einstein Schorr, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and Alysa Mendelson Graf. Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow also has a chapter in the book as well as our own Rebecca W. Sirbu.
"The Catholic church has long been a place for women who, by preference, family decision or circumstance, didn’t get married and have kids. In centuries past, women and men were “committed” to the church by families as a way of garnering religious and spiritual favor. But in this age of expanded rights for women, I doubt that happens today in America. That meant that the women who live cloistered lives today actually chose it. And that’s remarkable.
"I’m teaching my 15-year-old daughter how to drive. It’s a nerve wracking process, one that is seriously testing my ability to remain calm under pressure. My kid is actually a pretty good driver. She still has much to learn, but I’m confident that she’ll catch on quickly. It’s the other folks on the road that scare me.
"Members of some organizations aren’t marching because of Shabbat, but others fear the event might push an agenda hostile to Israel. “I’m usually Shabbat observant,” says Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, director of Rabbis Without Borders for Clal..."
"...Dear President Trump, My Tradition encourages me to pray for our appointed and elected government leaders. You are indeed the President of our United States. You were elected by the system, which has elected presidents since our inception as a Nation. The success of your work would be a good thing for my family, people and me. I will not participate in denying your legitimacy as our president because I have abhorred the actions of those who have done so to President Obama the past eight years.
"...it wasn’t sufficient to prove to your opponent that you were smarter and/or more well-informed, and therefore should be taken seriously. You had to actually listen to what he or she had to say if you wanted to change hearts and minds...how do you stop yourself from always believing that you’re right? Maybe most people won’t admit it, but doesn’t everyone think that people who disagree with them are just wrong?
"Dear Mr. Trump,
So it seems that you shall be the president of my country. We are split down the middle, it seems, and fear is crawling at the surface, and hatred creeping into our souls. We are not listening to each other, we are not meeting each other’s gaze. No, we are just running around and around the merry-go-round, the mulberry bush, the prickly pear that means so very little but wounds so very much.
"...It’s about who is better positioned to fix what is broken between the parties. The exercise of that awareness is just one of the obligations which come with power, and what distinguishes the ethical use of power from simple demagoguery...."