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Brad Hirschfield on Giving Yourself a Break on Thanksgiving November 25, 2015

Maybe we should find moments to be grateful every day of the year and not focus all our thankfulness on one holiday, suggests Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

The Wisdom Daily: What Our Most Used Words Say About Us November 24, 2015

"Every so often, people's Facebook feeds explode with a new viral sensation -- a personality quiz, an ice-bucket challenge, a changed profile background. The most recent fad is a quiz to let you see a word cloud of your ‘most used words on Facebook...’"

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Long Live Rock N’ Roll November 24, 2015

"...Everyone’s been trying to find their way into understanding the tragic terrorist attacks of the past 10 days. People have senselessly died at the hands of terrorists in Mali, in Kenya, in Lebanon, and of course in Paris, France. As for me, my heart keeps coming back to Le Bataclan, the theater in Paris where 89 people died doing the most Western thing to ever, rockin’ out. I have come to see rock n’ roll as the epitome of what anti-Western terrorists hate, which makes me want to listen all the more...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Seeking Connections November 23, 2015

"Do you want to feel like your life has meaning? Do you want to be connected to other individuals like yourself? Do you yearn for a connection to a higher power or divine source?

You are not alone.

In our hyper-focused individualized society we often forget that humans have been seeking out connections with the divine and with each other throughout the millenia. Though our struggles for meaning and connection seem unique, they are not. We are not alone in these struggles...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Accumulating Things Or, Then Again...Nothing November 20, 2015

"We read in Pirke Avot, the Ethics of the Sages: ‘Who is happy?’ The answer: ‘The one who is satisfied with one’s lot.’ But what happens when one’s lot comes to be measured by a lot...of stuff?... "

By Rabbi Eliana Falk, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish

The Wisdom Daily: Why Lean on Holocaust Analogies? November 20, 2015

"...After the shocking crimes of terrorism committed in Paris last week, a leading U.S. presidential candidate recently suggested the reprehensible idea that all Muslims in America should wear I.D. bracelets. Of course, we should reject such a proposal. But on the other hand, is it wise to cite the mistakes America made with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis as a basis for our present-day policy decisions?..."

LEAP Program bridges academia, rabbinate November 19, 2015

"Rabbi Steven Bayar of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn is among the 10 religious leaders in the first cohort of a new program designed to disseminate “great ideas” throughout the Jewish world.

The University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in creating The LEAP (“leverage, expand, and popularize”) Fellowship, a year-long program aimed at “leveraging great ideas so that they reach and serve the widest possible audience...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: From Greatness Comes Mercy November 19, 2015

"...Americans love to talk about how great America is, how powerful, how free. And yet, when it comes time to act, so many of us immediately start dialing it back – we can’t take so many; what if they’re dangerous; not in my state. Tamaret reminds us that true greatness and power give freely. It is from weakness that the refusal to open the hands comes...."

Brad Hirschfield On Newsmax's The Steve Malzberg Show November 19, 2015

Steve Malzberg speaks with Brad Hirschfield and Jack Burkman, radio host of ‘Behind the Curtain with Jack Burkman’ and President of Burkman Associates LLC about America's plans to battle ISIS and the Middle East refugee crisis."

From Newsmax with Steve Malzberg

The Wisdom Daily: Connecting and Resolving Conflict: Inspired by Dance November 19, 2015

"I counsel individuals of all ages as they struggle in their relationships with friends, partners, and family members. It goes with the territory when one is a rabbi. The people I counsel often have become attached to avoiding conflict, so when conflicts arise in their relationships - as they inevitably do - they are quick to interpret them as potentially catastrophic. They need their interactions to look a particular way in order to feel loved.

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