Politics & Culture

Clal offers new perspectives on contemporary issues, bringing Jewish insights to the American public.

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: 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...."

The Wisdom Daily: The Bright Side Of Selfies May 25, 2016

"This week's big psychology headline: ‘Selfie-Takers More Likely to Overestimate Their Attractiveness, Study Finds’.

Clal Consultant Elad Nehorai Featured in The Jewish Week's 36 under 36 May 24, 2016

"....This is what Nehorai does: harness the connective power of the Internet to spread positivity, encourage creativity, and bring Jews together. For those who haven’t yet found their niche, Nehorai’s story of searching and discovery provides a platform for others to speak up."

Elad Nehorai consults with Clal on TheWisdomDaily.com.
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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Jewish Goodbyes May 24, 2016

"...When I was younger I used to think my dad was odd because he never said goodbye. I assumed his quirky ‘so long’ was related to the Jewish goodbye, famous for taking several hours. ‘So long’ fits with the custom of stepping over the threshold when a guest leaves your home, to indicate your reluctance to see her leave. ‘So long’ is like the Hebrew l’hitraot or French au revoir.

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