Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.
Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, PhD has written a chapter in a just published book called Digital Judaism: Jewish Negotiations with Digital Media and Culture edited by Heidi A Campbell. The chapters present a broad analysis of how and why various Jewish groups negotiate with digital culture in particular ways, situating such observations within a wider discourse of how Jewish groups throughout history have utilized communication technologies to maintain their Jewish identities across time and space.
"...“We have no Jewish identity problems. Zero,” Rabbi Irwin Kula said when I asked him for his take on the new Pew. “People are now forming their identities in radically new ways.”... That means people, even millennials, are not abandoning Judaism. Just that where they find it wanting — whether in institutions, liturgy or ideology — they are mixing, blending, bending and switching to create a Judaism that works for them.
"...Curing the disease of racism is not about changing hardcore racists. It's about the vast majority - the silent majority (most of us in this country) - understanding the lived experiences of our fellow human beings and citizens. Our minds are not changed because of intellectual arguments; as important as such arguments are, they come later. We change once we identify and empathize with the pain and the humanity of the other..."
"...Rabbi Irwin Kula, an author, popular speaker, and a regular teacher at the JCC Tikkun believes the JCC’s Tikkun works for hundreds of people for two reasons: one, people want communal events that transcend denominations. “That’s part of everyone standing at Sinai,” he says. “It’s not an individual experience. Everybody’s there.”
The other magnet, he thinks, is the profound symbol of Sinai -- the idea that an enslaved people suddenly becomes free, with the law to embrace or not.
"...It's not that commitment to coexistence means "no boundaries ever." We all need boundaries, as much as we also need to transcend them. And political passion (like passion in general), is a good thing. However, shouldn't we be able to agree that invoking God to curse others, no matter how wrong you think they are, is pretty much always out of bounds? Especially when it's the kind of baseless group hate expressed by the blue "Jesus" sticker..."
...Rabbi Irwin Kula has endorsed the book and says, "Celebrating Brit Shalom will help thousands of people and no doubt open up new conversations of heart, mind and spirit"...
"...unlike in some spiritual communities, Judaism holds that sins against God can be atoned by God, but sins against other humans cannot be forgiven until the offender takes action to fix it. Judaism specifies that an offender must admit his or her sin, in words, out loud before God; confess the sin publicly; apologize to the wronged party; offer restitution (where possible); and abandon the sinful behavior.
"...We inherit a 2,000-year legacy of disruptive innovation – not change for its own sake, haphazard or unfaithful, but careful and principled when (in Reb Zalman’s computer-ese) Jewish “system files” need upgrades to keep the spiritual motherboard running strong. The path of innovation is built into Jewish life. Reb Zalman and Christensen both taught that disruptive innovators can’t rest on their laurels: shift happens. Only God is eternal.
"...My favorite commandment is tikun olam, repair the world. It's the single commandment that I feel has the potential to change the nature of humanity, and to unleash opportunities for all people to flourish. Perhaps social entrepreneurship is the modern halacha that guides us to enact tikun olam.
Co-sponsored by Romemu, Andrew Hahn, The Kirtan Rabbi, along with Shoshana Jedwab, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman join for a multi-generational chanting on Sunday, May 17 from 2:30 - 4:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the concert, contact Tammy Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-870-4663.