Politics & Culture

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Tzemah Yoreh: Book of Judgment September 29, 2014

In this book, Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D. explores how did the biblical Isaac die? It may be surprising to know that in the original Genesis account, the angel did not stop Abraham's knife, but let Isaac be sacrificed, severing not only his head but also the continuity between Abraham and Jacob. This companion volume to my Kernel to Canon series tells the original story of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Balaam as the Bible once told it, without embellishments or commentary.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Dear Friend, May You Be Written in the Book of Life September 29, 2014

"May you be Written in the Book of Life” is such a nice phrase to utter at this time of year, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Most years I don’t think much about it. It is easy to ignore the weight of the words when everyone in your life is healthy.This year is different. A close friend is struggling with aggressive breast cancer. Instead of casually saying these words, I am fervently praying them on her behalf..."

The Wisdom Daily: Widen Your View and Pay Hope Forward September 24, 2014

"When you look at the image above, what do you see? What does it make you think? How does it make you feel? When you look in the mirror what do you see? In each case, what we see, and how we think about these images, can create remarkable opportunities and possibilities for us - if we dare to let it be so.

The Wisdom Daily: A Police Officer, a Homeless Black Man and an NBA Star: A Story of Character September 23, 2014

"Obviously, there are serious tensions and real problems between the police and the black community across the country. Every black person in this country knows that being stopped on the street by the police is one of the more dangerous moments in life - something white people cannot understand. Addressing this will require police departments to make significant changes in their legal, political economic, historical, and social structures.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Meeting My Palestinian Neighbors For the First Time September 23, 2014

"Nine months ago I opened the front door of my apartment in Alon Shvut and took a 20-minute walk that began to change my life. My wife asked me to reconsider—it might be dangerous, she said—but I went anyway. My heart beat just a little bit faster than usual as I walked through the Arab fields and vineyards that surround my home in the Judean Hills...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Talk of Israel and Gaza Draws Congregants' Wrath September 22, 2014

"...Rabbi Ron Aigen [a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow] heard criticism at his synagogue in Montreal this month after he gave a sermon asserting that in the recent battle, Israel had endeavored to live up to the highest standards of Jewish teaching on ethical and just war.

Federation defers decision to include interfaith members September 22, 2014

"...Prior to the discussion on the membership amendment, members of the audience gave a warm reception to keynote speaker, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. A renowned author, lecturer and president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, he has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis.”

The Wisdom Daily: Innovation Heaven at BIF10 September 22, 2014

"Where do you think you would hear these words? Miracle, Wake Up, Blessing, Practice, Community, Confession, Well of Meaning, Beginner’s Mind, Big Why, Promise, Creativity, Humanity’s Voice, Human Centeredness, Spirituality, Light, Healing, Service, Hope, Presence, Faith, Compassion, Gift. No, not at a religious service, at least not of any official religious denomination in America. I heard these words this past week at the BIF-10 Innovation Summit..."

ISIS - Political Correctness and Honesty September 18, 2014

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: As the world comes to grip with the threat of terrorism from ISIS, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of theWisdomDaily.com, believes this is "a moment when all people must make an honest choice about who they to be in the world, including in a war which very much has religious overtones but isn't a war against any one religion, nor can it be allowed to become so."

We can protect our environment by ending our dependence on oil: Pump The Movie September 17, 2014

PUMP The Film is "a must see film that addresses the problem of jobs, the health of our environment, our national security, and the influence of Israel's enemies all with one eminently doable initiative." - Rabbi Irwin Kula.

With a series of eye-opening facts and rare interviews with notable experts in the field, PUMP tells the story of our dependence on oil and all its trappings, including the impact on our economy and the ever continued drain on the environment.

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