Building Bridges

Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.

Peace and Unity Elude Pope Benedict May 12, 2009

"Despite his best efforts, Pope Benedict XVI found the peace and unity he seeks on his pilgrimage to Israel more than a little elusive on his first full day in the country. But in each case, the problem lay not so much with the Pope, as it did with his audiences, both Jewish and Muslim...."

Obama's Wise, But Unfortunate, Decision May 5, 2009

""...Whether hosting such an event is constitutionally justifiable or not, the President is correct that doing so could establish, in the hearts of many Americans, a preference for religion on the part of the most powerful office-holder in the nation..."

Pope to Skip Israeli Holocaust Museum May 4, 2009

"It's disappointing that Pope Benedict XVl will not visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on his upcoming trip to Israel. And it's equally disappointing that his decision is such a big deal to so many people...."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog in the Washington Post-Newsweek’s "On Faith" Column

Obama's Wishful Exaggerations April 14, 2009

""...America is not at war with any religion, including Islam. But the President's over-simplification of the situation cost him a valuable opportunity to address the real struggles we do face with any people that attempts to use religion to dominate those who do not share their beliefs. And about that, there is a real war going on in the world - with bullets abroad and words (mostly) at home..."

Building Jewish Unity March 24, 2009

"British Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, will address a global audience this Sunday. The questions raised by the format of the address, its sponsorship and who is giving it however, raise important questions about its stated goal of building Jewish unity. ..."

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From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

Religion, Violence and My Murdered Friend February 25, 2009

"...But those of us who value religion must be the toughest on its role in all forms of violence, including domestic abuse. We cannot shy away from the dangers of any system which privileges ideas over people, or places doctrine over the results that come from adherence to it..."

American Foreign Policy and Iran's Jews February 23, 2009

"{New York Times' Roger}Cohen is correct about both the failure of what he calls Green Zoneism, advancing Middle East policy based on the conditions and partners we wished existed instead of those who really do. But basing his conclusions on his experiences in Esfahan's Palestine square could not be more wrong. He reports on the lives of Jews who admit that they live, in their own words, as a "tolerated" minority. Hardly something which either Mr. Cohen or anybody else should find comforting. ...."

A Murder in Buffalo Touches Us All February 17, 2009

"Anyone who cares about building bridges of greater understanding should mourn today, as Aasiya Zubair Hassan was buried at sunrise this morning. The Co-Founder and Program Director of Bridges TV, the largest provider of Muslim Programming on North American cable television, was murdered, allegedly by her husband Mo Hassan, who founded the station with Aasiya and served as its CEO. ..."

A Murder in Buffalo Touches Us All February 17, 2009

"The Co-Founder and Program Director of Bridges TV, the largest provider of Muslim Programming on North American cable television, was murdered, allegedly by her husband Mo Hassan, who founded the station with Aasiya and served as its CEO.
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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog in the Washington Post-Newsweek’s "On Faith" Column

Invitation To New Interfaith Conversation February 5, 2009

"The following comment to my earlier post about the Pope's demand that Bishop Williamson recant his denial of the Shoah, inspires me to publically seek partners among leaders of the Catholic Church, both clergy and lay, for a new kind of interfaith conversation...."

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From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

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