Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.
Brad Hirschfield joins Foxnews.com Live to talk about Hanukkah, and why its message is important to not only Jews but to all Americans. View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 12/22/11
"...Perhaps the enduring miracle which Hanukkah celebrates is that there is always more light than we first imagine and that the fuel to create it is really there when look we hard enough and dare to trust its power. Here’s where Hanukkah and Christmas, for all their difference, have a great deal in common...."
In recognition of his notable national and international work on Jewish law, Clal Director Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Ph.D., was named Scholar-in-Residence at Fordham University’s Institute for Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work. The position is ongoing, and will include participating on special projects, teaching a Talmud seminar, and appearing at worldwide conferences. This is the first time such a position has been named. Since 2007, Rabbi Blanchard has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s School of Law.
Irwin Kula joins Lauren Green on Fox News.com's "Spirited Debate," to look at how interfaith families approach the holidays, blending traditions in new ways. View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 12/16/11
Why are these candles different from all other candles?
The answer — when it comes to Hanukkah, could change your life.
Standing in the glow of the Hanukkah candles, we are invited to see ourselves, each other, and the world in a different light. That’s one of the gifts of Hanukkah we can all give ourselves and those we love — it’s a gift almost as old as the holiday itself, and it really works!
"...Rabbi Brad Hirschfield...attended the banquet and said he was struck by the mutual respect and affection between the chief rabbi and the shluchim, iconic symbols of two distinctly different wings of Orthodoxy. That Chabad invited the chief rabbi to address what is perhaps the most important organizational event on the Chabad calendar, said Rabbi Hirschfield..."
Brad Hirschfield looks at the meaning of the holiday and the lesson of gratitude.
"When [Gustav] Niebuhr asked [Brad] Hirschfield what the appropriate speech to use when talking about religion and politics is, Hirschfield gave several pointers on what he felt would be appropriate. ‘You have to have a huge dose of humility when talking about these issues,’ Hirschfield said. ‘The promise that one system has all the answers is a deal breaker for me.’ Hirschfield also stressed bringing transparency and self-awareness with any animated belief.
A rabbi known for promoting inclusiveness and diversity spoke at the Capitol Theatre today in Yakima.
"Hirschfield singled out politics and religion as the two arenas where fanaticism is taking its greatest toll. He said political pundits and religious leaders alike are working hard to sell people on hard-line conservative and liberal positions instead of asking honest questions on important issues...."