Personal Growth

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

Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. on When Abraham murdered Isaac April 25, 2013

Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. is a "young New York [Bible Criticism] scholar [who] believes he has unearthed the earliest version of the Bible, which features infanticide, a senseless massacre and only seven commandments…Midrash, it has often been noted, is characterized by a refusal to offer decisive, authoritative interpretations of Biblical text.

Rabbi Irwin Kula on Living at the End of Life April 24, 2013

How can we come together around a person facing the end of his life and help him to do so with an eye towards living rather than dying? Hear Rabbi Irwin Kula, Clal President, keynote an evening called "Let's Write the Last Chapter Together" where an open dialogue among patient, family, physician, social worker and spiritual adviser will take place. Thursday, May 9th, 7 pm, Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Circumcision April 24, 2013

My partner and I are both active members of the Jewish community, and we recently learned we are having a baby boy. As we contemplate a brit to welcome this newborn child into the Jewish community, we feel increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of circumcising our son because of the violent nature of this ritual. We both honor and respect Jewish tradition, but we don’t want to subject our son to a nonmedical procedure of this sort.

Yom Hashoah at Words of Bonds April 22, 2013

Janet R. Kirchheimer, a Clal teaching fellow, read a poem at the Words of Bonds Yom HaShoah program. Held at Symphony Space in Manhattan, Janet read a poem “How I Knew and When” from her book, How to Spot One of Us. Tsvi Bielski, son of Bielski partisan Zus Bielski was a featured speaker and the film Defiance was shown.

"Tai Chi Prayer" with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, Ph.D April 22, 2013

Clal Fellow, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi), offers a unique, "Tai Chi Prayer" session at the Silverlake Independent JCC in Los Angeles next Tuesday, the 23rd of April, 2013. View Rabbi Hahn's new video, "Personal Practice: Judaism and Martial Arts."

God and the Boston Bombings April 19, 2013

Irwin Kula joined Lauren Green on Live’s "Spirited Debate," to discuss God and the Boston bombings and aftermath. How can we reconcile the two? Watch Spirited Debate...

Spirited Debate on LIVE, 4/19/13

Brad Hirschfield on the Pope's Blessing and on Being a Source of Blessing April 16, 2013

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks with Sean Herriott about the strength coupled with profound humility exhibited by the Pope in his address to the public on the square. The Pope models a deeply democratic-people first-approach,and that is fresh and compelling to many.

From Morning Air on Relevant Radio, 4/11/13

Holocaust Memory and the Artistic Response April 16, 2013

Janet R. Kirchheimer talks with Louie B. Free about Holocaust memory, the need and to ensure survival of the survivor's stories and the impact on generations beyond. She speaks about the artistic response to this task and how it is evolving.

Listen from 56:40 to 32:38...

From the Louie B. Free Show, Brainfood from the Heartland, WASN-AM Cleveland and, 4/8/13

Fierce Grace: Local head of Rabbis Without Borders makes it onto 36 most inspirational list March 29, 2013

"...Rabbis are educated in the Torah, but it often takes another kind of learning to allow their own inner torah out. That kind of learning is what Rabbis Without Borders specializes in. Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu of Teaneck is the director of Rabbis Without Borders, a program run by Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Last week, the Forward named her as one of America’s 36 most inspirational rabbis..."

13 things you need to know for Passover 2013 March 28, 2013

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield offers questions and answers about Passover such as: "What is Passover all about, and is it the same as Pesach? Passover and Pesach are the same thing. One is simply English and the other is Hebrew. In either case, it is the holiday celebrating the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. Simply put, like America itself, Passover is about freedom.

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