Clal makes the gifts of Jewish tradition accessible tools for spiritual growth and development.
Brad Hirschfield talks with Duran Martinez and Jo Anne Paul about how the nation can come together after the elections.
Irwin Kula joined Lauren Green and and Lino Rulli on Foxnews.com Live’s "Spirited Debate," to discuss religious voting patterns. How does a breakdown in authority affect votes by various religious groups and 'nones?' View...
Spirited Debate on FoxNews.com LIVE, 11/9/12
How to Spot One of Us (Clal, Fall 2007), by Janet R. Kirchheimer is a collection of over 80 poems inspired by her family’s tragedy in the Holocaust. Honoring their memory, she provides a moving tribute to the powers of faith and hope for the future. Calling it a “little miracle of a book” in his introduction, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, Chairman Emeritus of the U.S.
"Kristallnacht marked the beginning of Hitler’s war against the Jews – his campaign for a “final solution” to the so-called “Jewish problem.” Seventy-four years later, people gather around the world to remember that horrible and fateful night. But how does one remember and commemorate a terrible past when the present is good and the future is looking even better?"
Brad Hirschfield joins At Issue host Ben Merens to talk about how to bring civility into wider practice. Civility is defined by Hirschfield as practices, words, deeds and ways of engaging with one another where more of a relationship is created than is undermined, particularly in a disagreement. The real test is whether you can be civil with someone with whom you disagree.
"‘When we both hold and question our truths we become lifelong learners rather than absolute knowers...Not seduced by certainty, we can be open to the truth.’—Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, by Irwin Kula.
Okay, it’s almost election time, folks. The debates are concluded. Undecideds are deciding. Early birds are mailing in their ballots. Now is an excellent time to evaluate the health of your own open-mindedness. Do you really believe the other candidate is a dishonest liar? Is he a craven, self-interested captive of special interests? Do you think the other party (the one you’re voting against) has absolutely no leg to stand on, and might even damage the country?
In the e-social era we can easily choose to associate solely with those who agree with us. If we want reinforcement for our point of view, it’s ours with a mouse click. Want ammunition to disparage the other side? One or two key-word searches should do it. No matter how strong your opinion is, however, Rabbi Kula’s words of wisdom are still wise. Life is messy. No one has a monopoly on the truth (even you, dear reader). And no matter which side you’re on, here’s a newsflash: The other side might win!..."
By Don Peppers from Fast Company
On Nov. 3, 2012, at 8:30 pm, join Clal’s well–known teacher and chant composer, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for an evening of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning. Hebrew Kirtan is participatory chanting where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. It is at once contemplative, ecstatic and — simply fun! No need to know Hebrew or be Jewish.
Rabbis Without Borders (RWB), Clal’s landmark initiative that helps rabbis make Jewish thought and practice more available for improving people’s lives, selected its third class for its competitive rabbinic fellowship program. More than 90 applicants competed for the 18 spots.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic: President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney debated for the first time last night. As pundits, politicos and the general public parse their statements, what were your thoughts on how the candidates address values, or sidestep those most important to you and the nation?
Caer Hallundbaek interviews Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu, Director of Rabbis Without Borders, known for thinking “outside the box.” Topics in this engaging hour include: What Rabbi Sirbu means by thinking “outside the box”; Rabbis without Borders - how it came about, what the program does; working across denominations to create vibrant Jewish and civic life; making meaning; life events and celebrations; what drew her to becoming a rabbi, and how the role manifests today; the core of faith; a poem by Rabbi Rami Shapiro; the value and wisdom of religious traditions; tension between religions; religious pluralism; her writings about suffering, grieving and healing; and other great resources featuring Jewish response to many questions about life; religious tolerance; and more.