"...Prior to the discussion on the membership amendment, members of the audience gave a warm reception to keynote speaker, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. A renowned author, lecturer and president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, he has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis.”Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: As the world comes to grip with the threat of terrorism from ISIS, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of theWisdomDaily.com, believes this is "a moment when all people must make an honest choice about who they to be in the world, including in a war which very much has religious overtones but isn't a war against any one religion, nor can it be allowed to become so."Category: Politics & Culture
PUMP The Film is "a must see film that addresses the problem of jobs, the health of our environment, our national security, and the influence of Israel's enemies all with one eminently doable initiative." - Rabbi Irwin Kula.
With a series of eye-opening facts and rare interviews with notable experts in the field, PUMP tells the story of our dependence on oil and all its trappings, including the impact on our economy and the ever continued drain on the environment.Category: Politics & Culture
"One of the reasons I love the fall is because of the NFL. Although I need to garner all of my religious faith to remain a Jets fan, I absolutely adore watching the weekly games with my son. I am sure that I am not the only parent in America who had some explaining to do this past Sunday. Each day it seemed that yet another player was deactivated for horrific acts of domestic violence. The press kept reporting that it was a “bad week for the NFL.” I disagree. It was a bad week for America.Category: Politics & Culture, Rabbis Without Borders
You do, actually. At least, you can choose to.
Think of this choice as a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur gift you can give yourself, not to mention anyone else with whom you want to share it.
Category: Personal Growth, Politics & Culture, Jewish Toolkit
"Who doesn't want to know that their life makes a difference - a difference that at least those closest to them will appreciate? Who among us doesn't want to be remembered? But how are memories created and preserved? What makes some things memorable and others forgettable? These questions have been at the center of society for most of human history. They lay at the center of many religions, much of politics, and so much more.Category: Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"Shanah Tova! Happy New Year! Who says so? The summer saw three Jewish kids and one Palestinian brutally murdered, followed by a war — one ended by a cease-fire that Hamas leaders are already threatening to end by Sept. 25 if they don’t get the results they want..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
"Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's violent attack on his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in February is very much in the news. It may cost Rice his career, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell his job, and it may invite us all to do more to address the all too common phenomenon of domestic abuse. It's also a story I take very personally..."
"As we observe the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we feel a range of emotions. We feel sad and heartbroken for those who lost loved ones. We are grateful, if not surprised that there have been no terrorist attacks on our soil. We feel betrayed that after all the lives and treasure sacrificed to fight Islamic terrorists, there seems to be more terrorists, terrorizing more people, doing more terrifying things..."Category: Personal Growth, Politics & Culture, Jewish Toolkit
"I walked into the living room of one of our close family friends. Sitting quietly were my friend's 89 year-old father and mother. Just a couple of hours earlier they had heard from a cardiologist in a rather sudden and impersonal way, unfortunately with no family around, the statistics on how long he had to live given his heart condition. There was a mix of sadness and fear. My friends understandably didn't know exactly what to say. Who does? ..."Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit