Clal makes the gifts of Jewish tradition accessible tools for spiritual growth and development.
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.
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.
Brad Hirschfield talks to WCBS-TV News (NYC) about the power of gratitude in creating your own happiness.
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.
Why are these candles different from all other candles?
The answer — when it comes to Hanukkah, could change your life.
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!
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.
"Irwin Kula talks to WCBS-TV News (NYC) about using prayer for material gain..."
"...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.
"A mezuzah, no matter how small or how grand, is the essential marker of a Jewish home.
"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...