Building Bridges

Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.

The Wisdom Daily: Do Conservatives and Liberals See Evil Differently? December 18, 2014

"From TheBlaze.com: ‘Rabbi Irwin Kula hails from the notoriously liberal Upper West Side of New York, but he is also close friends with Glenn Beck. Being able to see the strengths of both conservatives and liberals, Kula spoke on Tuesday about how the two groups see evil differently...’"

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The Wisdom Daily: Hanukkah Not “Jewish Christmas,” Or Is It? December 17, 2014

"Hanukkah 2014 begins tonight, December 15, at sundown. That date corresponds to the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev, for you Jewish calendar buffs. And why does the holiday begin at Sundown, not midnight, as all days on the secular calendar? Because according to Jewish tradition, every day begins at sundown..."

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The Wisdom Daily: How the Light of Hanukkah Was Seen in a Post-Katrina New Orleans December 16, 2014

"The lights of Hanukkah come to remind us of one of the important truths of life - That no matter how dark things are, there is always hope. That even if we are down to our last drop of oil, our last ounce of energy, there is always possibility. If we are willing to act, to light that last candle, to take that one step even though we are so afraid, to engage in that one act of kindness, even if it seems as if it won't make any difference at all.

What Hanukkah and Christmas have in common December 16, 2014

"...So, is Hanukkah really the “Jewish Christmas” as people often describe it? The answer to that is both an emphatic “no” and also and equally emphatic “sort of.” While Judaism and Christianity are two distinct traditions, they are related both historically and also in their desire to bring meaning, purpose and love into the lives of all those who open their hearts to them.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Chicago Spiritual Communities Think Outside the Box December 15, 2014

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann is quoted as saying: “I am part of the generation that demographers are looking at and saying, ‘Oh no, they’re not participating in organized religion. This is the beginning of the end of organized religion in America.' It’s not just happening in Jewish circles. It’s everywhere. But we are spiritually seeking, intellectually seeking.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field:Women Rabbis at Forefront of Pioneering Prayer Communities December 14, 2014

"A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.Ikar, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Nashuva, led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, were conceived separately.

The Wisdom Daily: How Open Are You to New Points of View? December 11, 2014

"...Old points of view create obstacles preventing us from healing the explicit and implicit racism that still exists in our country. I suggest that, for the foreseeable future, when you hear opinions about race, you take the following three steps:

Terror Attack Anywhere Is Threat to 'Forces of Decency' Everywhere December 10, 2014

"A knife-wielding terrorist stormed a synagogue, screaming that he "wanted to kill (the) Jews." No this was not in Jerusalem, where a similar attack two weeks ago took the lives of five innocent victims — four rabbis at prayer and a brave Druze police officer who tried to stop the murderers. This attack occurred Tuesday in the Brooklyn, New York, headquarters of Chabad, the world’s largest Hasidic community.

The Wisdom Daily: Navigating Questions of Faith After You Fall in Love December 9, 2014

"The other night I had dinner with a remarkable young couple. Each comes from very serious, beautiful families of different religious origins. He has an Ethical Culture and Quaker background, embodying what I call a secular spirituality. Meanwhile, it was her Jewish parents who arranged our get-together. Both are smart, good, responsible people with whom I've worked on creative projects in Jewish life for years..."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Breath of Dignity December 9, 2014

"Being Jewish is a way of being human. Our story does not begin with Abraham, but with the creation of Adam, described at first as male and female and bearing the stamp that would be found upon every one of Adam's descendants throughout all time: the image of G*d, tzelem elohim. And that image, according to the deep wisdom of the Jewish tradition is remarkable because unlike every other image that renders everything with which it is stamped identical, this image creates individuals who are all unique.

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