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"There are other signs imprecatory prayer is growing in popularity. Beliefnet’s Rabbi Brad Hirschfield writes that Psalm 109 is now a top Google search...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is interviewed about his book by The Oklahoman. Hirschfield says: "I wrote the book because I believed the tradition that I draw on most, Jewish, and the other traditions that I’ve encountered can be used to help people lead happier, more ethical, more fulfilling lives, because I believe that we need to learn how to be deeply committed and genuinely open....."
"What can each of us do to help heal the world? Rabbi Brad Hirschfield suggests a simple first step: Make an effort to reach 10 percent beyond your own comfort zone — whether the subject is religion or politics or parenting...."
"Jewish support for initiatives addressing co-existence among all citizens of the State of Israel, both Jewish and Arab, has gone mainstream. Is this a good thing or not?..."
"This should be a no-brainer, right? Well for a significant number of Orthodox Jews, it's not so obvious and that fact speaks volumes to the thinking of many in that community...."
"The uproar over President Obama’s bow before Japanese Emperor Akihito refuses to die down. As soon as it happened, it brought to mind the Biblical Book of Esther, and the story of Mordechai refusing to bow down to Haman...."
"...Trends in search terms are signals of trends in the culture, and today brought some very bad news. Any time the citizens of a state, particularly a democracy, invoke their faith to pray for the demise of those they oppose politically, we should be concerned..."
"...[When]John Allen Muhammad, known as the D.C. sniper,...dies tonight, there will likely be those outside the prison cheering the fact that ‘he’s getting what he deserves’ and an equal number of people protesting his ‘murder’ by the state...."
"... Faith is like a fire; it can warm our homes or burn them down...." Rabbi Brad Hirschfield discusses religion and violence with Lars Larson.
"...Rabbi Brad Hirschfield ... said Muslims need to be asking ‘hard questions’ among themselves. ‘I think their way of dealing with it is putting distance between the perpetrator and the tradition,’ ... ‘Which is fine, but they need to ask themselves what is the relationship between the faith which the murderer shared with them, and the act he performed. Simply saying they are unrelated is too easy.’..."