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The Wisdom Daily: A Pop-up Rabbi! June 25, 2015

"...One of the most interesting things about this Jewish wisdom "pop-up retail" is that, unlike religious authorities in most institutional religion, Knopf isn't obsessed with membership, with controlling the outcome or making people in his image. He cares about offering people wisdom aligned with what they need in the moment, hoping to serve them on their particular journey..."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: I Desperately Want to Know…I am Not Just Asking June 24, 2015

"...I believe in the depth of dichotomy. I have learned volumes from the wisdom of the dialectic. I know the diverse contours of our Nation call for different needs from different types of people. We are all entitled to our point of view. But, given the sleepless nights our country has experienced this past week, I beg from others only what I am asking from myself: that is, simply to engage in a complicated, civil conversation, without running for cover from “dug-in” positions. There is simply too much as stake..."

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap June 19, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.
A horrific and deadly crime has been committed in a South Carolina church. Is it a hate crime or a terrorist attack? The Supreme Court upholds that Texas may refuse to issue confederate license plates. Is free speech being attacked? Are Conservative media tougher on Donald Trump than on Hillary Clinton? And more issues of the day.

Brad Hirschfield: In Charleston, Nine ‘Worlds’ Ended June 19, 2015

This past Wednesday, nine members of the Emanual African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, were shot and killed in a hate crime. "What I want to do today is share their names and invite us all to sit with the one indisputable fact here” reflects Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of, "each of these people was an entire world that has been extinguished and there really is nothing to say except to sit with the pain of the enormous loss.” For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan Rabbi, at Integral Yoga Institute In New York City June 19, 2015

Don't miss Rabbi Andrew Hahn, PhD — the Kirtan Rabbi's summer appearance at Integral Yoga Institute New York City. It promises to be both deep and fun, with chants off of the new album, Nondual, blasts from the past, and some new surprises. Featuring Shoshana Jedwab and the posse and welcoming Jordan Brooks on bass.

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From Clal

Clal Rabbis on Changing the Dynamic: Police Reform June 18, 2015

[Rabbi Irwin Kula stated] "The truth is that nobody in power wants to change the power dynamics. [But] all people with power have to be restrained sometimes. And that is in the best interests of the people exercising power because it restores trust and the transparency that is the basis of trust."

Why is Rachel Dolezal any different from Caitlyn Jenner? June 17, 2015

"Why is it that a person born with male anatomy can self-identify and live as a woman, but someone born into a Czech-German body can't self-identify as African-American? Is gender identity a construct, while racial identity is inextricably connected to one's biology?

Rabbi Irwin Kula, Featured Educator for the Jewish Leadership Corps in Arizona June 17, 2015

"....As the first graduates of JLC, we know that this is not the end of our journey; it has only just begun. We are now positioned to go out into the community and face the difficult issues before us....Over the course of eight months, we heard lectures from and workshopped with innovators of our time: leaders like...Rabbis Ari Hart, Irwin Kula and Noah Farkas, and, of course Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, the creator of and guiding force behind JLC."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Vision Of Judaism For My Newborn Daughter June 16, 2015

"... I yearn for you to develop a rich, spiritually penetrating prayer life. To find not only fluency within Jewish liturgy but contemporary resonance that connects with your neshama, your soul. I hope that you will come to a theology that doesn’t hide form reality but also isn’t so thin that it is devoid of support and comfort in times of struggle. I want you to learn not only how to perform rituals but what those rituals are intended to signify..."

Faith, Women And Philanthropy: An Opportunity June 12, 2015

We mourn the passing of Donna M. Rosenthal, our former Executive Vice chair. Donna was a committed professional, a devoted volunteer to so many causes, a beloved friend and wise counselor to many, she will be truly missed by all those whose lives she touched. May her memory be a blessing.
The following talk was presented by Donna Rosenthal at the National Conversation on Faith, Women and Philanthropy, San Francisco, CA on December 6, 2005.)

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