Personal Growth

Clal makes the gifts of Jewish tradition accessible tools for spiritual growth and development.

A Gift Chant from the Kirtan Rabbi: Havayah January 4, 2012

Clal resident, Rabbi Andrew Hahn, offers the Clal community the gift of his new chant Havayah. The love–endowed offspring of a long–Summer’s labor, Havayah represents a new sound for Kirtan Rabbi: part ballad, part psychedelic ‘70s basement rock (please listen with ear-buds, so you hear everything!), it is a driving, Ecstatic Kabbalah romp. We hope you enjoy it. We would love to hear what you think.

"Gateways to Jewish Spiritual Practice" with Reb Zalman January 4, 2012

An incredible opportunity: an online, non-credit course offered by Naropa University of Boulder, Colorado is is available now—January 17th-March 18th on the core teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Titled "Gateways to Jewish Spiritual Practice", this 8 week course provides access to a broad range of Reb Zalman's teachings on spiritual life. Through Reb Zalman's writings, lectures, songs, dvds, videos, etc., participants are able to experience many gateways to Jewish spiritual practices.

A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way January 3, 2012

Brad Hirschfield talks to WCBS-TV News (NYC) about the power of gratitude in creating your own happiness.

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WCBS-TV News, 1/1/12

Hanukkah: A Higher Holiday with Dr. David Kraemer December 16, 2011

On Wednesday, December 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m., David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and long-time Senior Clal Fellow, will lecture in the The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Celebrate a masterwork of Hebrew manuscript illumination with a resplendent image of a golden menorah and discover the vital importance of Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition.

Hanukkah 5772 December 14, 2011

Why are these candles different from all other candles?

The answer — when it comes to Hanukkah, could change your life.

Download the Hanukkah Card as a .pdf file

Standing in the glow of the Hanukkah candles, we are invited to see ourselves, each other, and the world in a different light. That’s one of the gifts of Hanukkah we can all give ourselves and those we love — it’s a gift almost as old as the holiday itself, and it really works!

Kirtan Rabbi returns to NYC - Release Party December 8, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 8pm to 10pm — Bring your voices, open hearts and dancing socks to a fun-soaked evening of singing, movement and community to Integral Yoga Institute of New York for a release party for the Kirtan Rabbi’s latest CD.
Click here to pre-register or call (212)929-0586.

Faith and Finance: The Power of Prayer December 6, 2011

"Irwin Kula talks to WCBS-TV News (NYC) about using prayer for material gain..."

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WCBS-TV News, 12/02/11

The Power of Blessing Someone November 30, 2011

"...early in my career as a chaplain, I asked a Jewish patient whom I was visiting if she would like me to say the Jewish prayer for healing for her called the Mishebeirach, literally meaning, ‘May the one who blesses.’ She said yes, and I chanted the ancient words, inserting her name at the appropriate place in the blessing asking for a complete recovery of body and soul. When, I concluded the prayer, I looked up to see tears streaming down her face. I sat with her as she composed herself.

Song of the Sea: Jewish Life in the Caribbean November 28, 2011

"A mezuzah, no matter how small or how grand, is the essential marker of a Jewish home.

At the Water's Edge November 28, 2011

"As a poet, I am often asked to explain poetry. Webster’s defines it as ‘1. the art or works of a poet, and 2. writing in metrical verse.’ Although this may be true, it is like trying to define Torah as a book of sacred writing. Such definitions do not do justice to either poetry or Torah...." Read more...

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