Personal Growth

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

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Awakening The Senses September 13, 2016

"...Nothing has been more meaningful in my journey toward the High Holidays than reading Ginny Kubitz Moyer’s latest book from Loyola Press, Taste & See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with our Five Senses. This book — listed in the Ignatian Spirituality section of a Jesuit publishing house — is a source of inspiration in my search to elevate everyday experiences and imbue them with holiness. This book's author–a high school English teacher in California–is my spiritual guide...."

The Wisdom Daily: An Agonistic Encounter With A Featherless Bird That Had Broad Flat Nails September 12, 2016

"...Without offering a word, he responded by pulling out his worn wallet, which contained neat stacks of bills in various denominations. On each of them, he or someone else, had scribbled what appeared to be questions in red marker; inquiries like, ‘How are humans like chickens?’ or ‘How do you recognize honesty in the dark?’..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Gender Politics of the Prayer Shawl September 9, 2016

"I went shopping for a new tallit (prayer shawl) at two competing Boston Judaica shops last week. In both stores I found the tallitot, the plural for tallis, separated by gender. And obviously so. The experience reminded me of when I was first pregnant with my daughter and first learned she would be a she. As I perused the baby clothing aisle at Target, I realized half the items on display were definitively not for my kid. The gender messaging wasn't subtle.

9/11: A Ritual to Remember September 8, 2016

Originally published in 2011, we bring this piece to you today in memory of those lost on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

"I live in New York City. Two friends, including someone at whose wedding I had recently been the rabbi, died in the World Trade Center. The acrid smell came through my apartment windows for days and sacred ashes, which I wiped away with tears, fell on my window sills for weeks.

Rabbi Steve Greenberg, featured at Religion in an Age of Extremism, Commemorating September 11 September 8, 2016

Director of the Clal Diversity Project, Rabbi Steve Greenberg, is featured at Religion in an Age of Extremism, a day-long Shalom Hartman iEngage conference commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Held at the JCC in Manhattan on Sunday, September 11, the conference runs from 10:00am - 4:30pm.

By Clal

New Rabbi Careers Website Disrupts the Rabbinic Placement Process September 8, 2016

Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, Director of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders and the founder of the site says, “The need for has become increasingly clear over the past couple of years. First, there has been a rise in the number of congregations unaffiliated with any Jewish denomination, these communities do not have access to the denominational rabbinic placement process and have a hard time finding rabbis.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Make a Window in the Word September 8, 2016

"My favorite chassidic teaching is a teaching about prayer couched in a homily on Noah’s Ark. God tells Noah to make a window in his ark. Teyva, the word for ark, means container. Teyva is also Hebrew for letter, or word, containers of meaning. Thus, the teaching on prayer is: make a window in the word. This means that our prayers should not be confined by the “box” of conventional liturgy.

The Wisdom Daily: If Only Star Trek Understood How Religious It Is September 8, 2016

"Enterprise, what a God-haunted mission you are on. All around you there is light, star-shot and splintered in the endless skies through which you journey. And yet you cannot grasp the Light from which all else proceeds, catching only fleeting glimpses in your own souls and the countless souls of those you encounter in the seemingly endless multiverse of unknown magnitude...."

The Wisdom Daily: What George Carlin Can Teach Us About Joking About Tragedy September 7, 2016

"George Carlin spent most of his professional life as a provocative, thoughtful, funny and sometimes offensive, commentator on human life and contemporary American culture. He was the guy whose record albums (assuming you are old enough to know what those were) we bought as kids with a measure of transgressive glee, and brought home to listen to with even greater glee.

Clal Resident, Owen Gottlieb's game, Lost & Found, featured at the 50th Anniversary of the NEH September 7, 2016

Lost & Found, Owen Gottlieb's game,will be featured at the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information:

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