Personal Growth

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

The Wisdom Daily: Moving On: A Meditation On Divorce May 30, 2016

"I'm in the process of moving through a divorce, and that means I'm in the process of moving. This summer I'll leave the house that my partner and I shared, and move to a place of my own. Right now I'm taking the first steps toward that shift: beginning the work of winnowing and packing...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: What Makes A Rabbi A Rabbi? May 30, 2016

"Rabbis are rabbis in no small part by the work they do, pastoral, ritual, social justice, organizational, all informed by a sense of responsibility to the community and to tradition. But at the moment of ordination, that moment before the work of the rabbinate begins, in earnest, what makes a rabbi a rabbi is the education that she has acquired and her commitment to bring the values and vision of that education into the work she will do in her rabbinate...."

Brad Hirschfield on Dylann Roof and the Death Penalty May 27, 2016

This week U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Department of Justice will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine people at a Charleston, SC church last year. Whether you believe in the death penalty or not, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield says decisions around the death penalty should not be driven by politics, but rather "by the awareness of what it means to take another life because the life we are taking has taken yet other lives."

View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: No Room at the Inn for Interfaith Weddings? May 27, 2016

"I officiate at a lot of weddings. Many of those ceremonies are between a Jewish partner and a partner of a different background. Some ceremonies are more traditional, more religious, and some are less. I always tell couples that the ceremony we create together should be a reflection of who they are, and it should feel authentic to them...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Is Gossip Always Evil? May 26, 2016

"It's pretty clear that Judaism doesn't like the idea of gossip. In fact, the Hebrew phrase for gossip is ‘lashon hara,’ ‘the evil tongue.’ ‘The evil tongue kills three people,’ the Talmud teaches us.

The Wisdom Daily: The Comforting Beauty Of Asking Questions May 26, 2016

"Why me? Why now?

Beset by questions we pine after certainties. Well-meaning friends offer answers. Theologians expound. Politicians offer sound bites and tweets. The questions remain. The search continues...."

Because Jewish presents Shavuot with Rabbi Dan and Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi May 25, 2016

Join Clal residents Rabbi Dan Ain and Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, for a body-based experience on Shavuot. Receive a plain sense explanation of the holiday from Rabbi Dan; chant with the Kirtan Rabbi, Andrew Hahn; meditate with Miriam Eisenberg; and eat traditional dairy desserts and refreshments. Enjoy a secret midnight event!

Kabbalat Shabbat Satsang with Rabbi Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, at Integral Yoga May 25, 2016

Kabbalat Shabbat Satsang at IYI – Free and Open to All!

Friday, May 27th – 7:30 to 9:30pm

Integral Yoga Institute of New York
227 West 13th Street (between 7th & 8th Aves.)
New York NY 10011

Sat in Sanskrit means truth; sangha means kehilah, or community.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Does Prayer Ever Work? May 25, 2016

"...Why pray? I have asked this question in this space before. And, as I grow, I offer varying reasons for something, which I hold deep in my heart and I believe, can qualitatively change the nature of our lives. In this moment, I write to you about communal prayer. Why come together to pray? I think when we gather to pray, we experience a symbiotic connection. We could stay at home and pray by ourselves.

The Wisdom Daily: How Listening To Music Taught Me To Compose My Own Life May 25, 2016

"...I came to see my experience was, ultimately, composed of my attention: As awareness touched the music, my attention touched something concrete and emergent. As awareness divided, the composition and my experience both seemed to simultaneously break down. With this insight, I resolved to let the performance, itself, teach me how to listen...."

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