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..."

Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture, Leadership, Jewish Toolkit
Brad Hirschfield on Life, Liberty AND The Pursuit of Happiness July 2, 2015

As we approach Independence Day, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reflects on the meaning of that key phrase from the Declaration of Independence, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", through the lens of recent events in South Carolina, Washington, DC and the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch the Faith on the Record video below.

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Category: Personal Growth, Politics & Culture
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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Brad Hirschfield on Newmax's The Daily Wrap June 30, 2015

Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger Heather Hansen and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.
How will Chris Christie be received in the 2016 race for the white house? Business groups are slamming the President's plan to double overtime pay — calling it a business killer. Will the plan succeed? Watch this segment... Should we disarm the police? One group says yes...Watch this segment... Is the ACLU protecting all but Christians? Watch this segment...And more....

Category: Politics & Culture, Jewish Toolkit
The Wisdom Daily: Dignity Above All June 29, 2015

"Earlier that day, in the president's response to the marriage milestone, he said: "Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times - a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American."

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I am an orthodox rabbi who doesn’t perform gay marriages, but I celebrate today’s Supreme Court decision June 26, 2015

"...I celebrate today because in fact, the opposite of all of those was accomplished today. My “side” did not lose, because my side is never defined by any one position on a matter of ritual or liturgy, no matter how important that matter may be. My side, I hope, is God’s side, and the God in whom I believe is infinite — bigger and more complex than can be reduced to any single decision, or even any single tradition, for that matter…

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Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap June 24, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.
Is the confederate flag about to vanish from public forums? Is this the right debate at the wrong time? The President uses the Charleston shooting to push for stricter gun control measures. Is this the time to be playing politics? Jeb Bush goes on the offensive on education with Hillary Clinton and Bill De Blasio. And more issues of the day.

Category: Politics & Culture
The Wisdom Daily: Missing the Trees for the Forest June 23, 2015

"...How often do we invoke "the big picture," or other grand principles, in ways which distract us from the beauty, power and potential of "the little picture," i.e, the details at hand? It's not that the big stuff is unimportant. But sometimes, if we allow ourselves to look more closely, and feel more deeply, we might discover that the "small stuff" can be just as big and quite fulfilling..."

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Category: Personal Growth, Building Bridges, Politics & Culture
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.

Category: Politics & Culture, Jewish Toolkit
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 TheWisdomDaily.com, "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.

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