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"I grew up in a fairly small Jewish community. In the ’80s, Austin, Texas was not the cool mecca it is today. There was one small Reform synagogue and one small Conservative synagogue. There was only one other Jewish kid in my class in grade school. I remember each year having to explain to my teacher that I would be out for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and having her say, “Russia what?”..."
"...How can we move forward in the midst of ‘real life?’ What is the essential message that we can call on each day, whenever faced with a personal challenge, an old habit, a new emotional injury? I feel that that message is, simply, to engage all others with the loving kindness due to a whole and striving soul, while remembering that we, too, are whole and striving – always bringing ourselves, our baggage and our dreams into every exchange in which we engage...."
Pre-empted: Today between 2:30 and 3 pm, Rabbi Irwin Kula will be on MSNBC Live talking with Thomas Roberts about the meaning of the Pope's visit to the United States. Watch for a clip, as it becomes available, on www.Clal.org watch here between 2:30 and 3 pm.
From MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts
"...on Sukkot we live in our father Abraham’s tent, that tent open on all sides to welcome those who need food and shelter. On Sukkot, we are earthy, earthly, creatures who get wet in the rain and dirty sleeping on the ground. We are reminded that we have nothing, really, and must rely on the kindness and grace that comes to us. We live the truth. And this should bring us joy. It is the moment in which we can remember that we are no different than any homeless person we see on the street...."
"Small towns in Georgia, South Carolina, and the Bahamas, and even some non-Orthodox communities in Israel are the first to respond to an invitation from Clal…, to submit a request for a part-time rabbi. They are part of a new Clal initiative known as the Rabbinic Service Corps. A network of 150 rabbis has agreed to donate their time and head out to far-flung communities for a few days each year to provide services to communities where there are no clergy.
"...We all construct different Sabbath cathedrals. A pluralistic Jewish community coupled with theological humility teaches us that we cannot proclaim another person’s Shabbat any less meaningful, impactful or valid for her or him. The institutions of Jewish communal life that strive to be conveners of broad Jewish discourse must broaden their own definitions of what it means to be Sabbath Observant.
We are excited to bring you this news about Sh'ma in light of Clal's long association with Sh'ma. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg was among the original members of editorial board along with Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, and Clal owned and published Sh'ma in the 1990's.
"...I take very seriously my commitment to leading an observant life within a modern, secularized world. I like dichotomy, nuance, and shades of grey. Part of why I relish identifying with the Conservative Movement is because I am constantly challenged to figure out how to apply tradition to the modern world in which we live. It is also why I am so drawn to Rabbis Without Borders.
"...The Divine way of ‘getting back at’ someone is to offer compassion. If you want to be more spiritual, a better channel for divine qualities, you know what to do. Whenever you feel the impulse to take revenge, express the impulse through an act of compassion...."
Unique Initiative matches rabbis of all denominations with underserved Jewish Communities across the United States
Clal's Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) is a network of over 150 rabbis representing all the denominations in Judaism who are united in their values of pluralism, innovation and service to all. In line with their commitment to serve anyone anywhere, RWB is launching this High Holiday season the newly formed RWB Service Corps.