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

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: What Tisha B’Av Can Learn From Ramadan July 24, 2015

"I did not fast during Ramadan. But I did somehow experience a little bit of the meaning of the Muslim holy month that just ended a few days ago. The ebb and flow of the fast days was in my consciousness. The daily hunger and the spiritual uplift of the faithful were on my mind. I learned a tiny bit about the meaning of this month, about being conditioned through the fast to feel empathy for the poor who don’t have enough to eat.

The Wisdom Daily: The Politically Incorrect Bobblehead July 16, 2015

"Nathan Hale had only one life to give for his country, but almost 250 years after his death, there's still plenty of Nathan Hale to go around, and that has upset a Yale-educated author a great deal. Let me explain. As a gift to university supporters, the Yale University class of 1975 recently offered a Nathan Hale bobblehead, a replica of a large bronze statue on the New Haven campus.

The Wisdom Daily: Judaism in America: It's (Probably) the End of the World as We Know It July 14, 2015

"...We Jews, however we understand ourselves and our Jewishness, are more integrally linked to the larger American culture in which we live than perhaps any previous generation of diaspora Jews, including past generations of American Jews. We are, like it or not, fully at home here. This is not some 21st-century version of Germany in the early 20th century, or a variation on Spain in the 12th. It's not even that I don't believe in Israel.

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap: Is Bernie Sanders The Smartest Candidate on Gun Issues? And more... July 9, 2015

Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger, Carl Higbie and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.

Has Trump changed the immigration debate? Fireworks fly in Congress over the Confederate Flag. Are State Subsidized Sex Changes for Oregon Teens a Good Idea? Advanced Care Planning — Is it life-affirming or a death panel?...and more.

The Wisdom Daily: How Negative Thinking Boosts Problem Solving July 8, 2015

"It's much more fun and easy to imagine the good and positive things that can happen. There's a whole industry advancing "positive thinking" and "visualizing success." However, if we focus exclusively on why we're so right and so good and so smart, then when things do go wrong, we may not know how to respond."

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23 Year Anniversary Celebration of Aitz Hayim Kicks off with Rabbi Irwin Kula July 7, 2015

They call it "Joyful Jewish Living." That's what the synagogue's founders—Dr Marc Slutsky, Stephen Silberman and Rabbi Irwin Kula—had in mind 23 years ago when they created Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living, an innovative kind of Jewish community. Together with Cantor David Landau, they believed in engaging tradition to create experiences that speak to modern Jewish life.

Ivy League Advisor-Tribeca Innovative Leadership Summer Program for High School Students at Clal July 7, 2015

Ivy League Advisor in tandem with the Disruptor Foundation and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards are pleased to announce a unique innovative leadership program this summer July 27-31, 2015 to be held in New York City. This unique program targets high school students who are looking to discover themselves, develop their leadership skills, critical thinking, analytic skills and aiming to enhance themselves to become a strategic thinker in life.

Brad Hirschfield on Newmax's The Daily Wrap July 6, 2015

Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger, Carl Higbie and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.
Rick Perry and Jeb Bush criticize Donald Trump as he continues to rise in the polls. How does this fit into Republican party strategy?Watch this segment...
Bill Cosby admitted to drugging a woman in a 2005 deposition. The allegations have been proven. Now?. Hillary Clinton's campaign ropes in reporters – how is this viewed by the public?Watch this segment... Has the Iran deal been struck despite Kerry’s speech to the contrary? Watch this segment...And more....

The Wisdom Daily: An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust July 2, 2015

"...Rarely does individual success occur in a vacuum, but rather, in the context of others whose contributions, whether large or small, make a success possible. Our great moments as a nation have been about the spirit of American generosity and collectivity, just as much as rugged individualism - not necessarily all at the same time, but still very much a part of our shared identity…What we need to do is build up trust in both individual capacity/responsibility, and in those institutions which enable the accomplishments that none of us can do alone..."

The Wisdom Daily: Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston June 30, 2015

"...The truth: I am "not a racist" - but racism is my problem. And while my sadness and even my words may matter, standing with people matters more, if I am to be part of the solution.

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