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Brad Hirschfield on Passover and the Importance of Questions April 14, 2014

The American Bible Society and Barna Group just released their joint annual study of Americans' behaviors and attitudes towards the Bible. In it, they found that the number of skeptics, those "who believe the Bible is 'just another book of teaching written by men that contain stories and advice'" has nearly doubled in three years. Now 19% of those questioned put themselves in that category, which is equal to the number who define themselves as "Bible-engaged". But this is a flawed comparison, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-Founder and Executive Editor of TheWisdomDaily.com. Skepticism and engagement coexist, which is clearly seen at seders around the world as families and friends gather for the Passover celebration – not only are questions central to the core of the Passover celebration, but "even heresy is accepted at the table because even that is a form of engagement."

The Wisdom Daily: In Defense of Scapegoating – How to Send Off Your Mistakes April 10, 2014

"What kind of person defends scapegoating? Before you call me crazy, ask yourself the following: how do you rid yourself of past bad acts, mistakes you wish you never made, and feelings of inadequacy? We all have "stuff" we want to get rid of, and it turns out that old fashioned scapegoating might be one appropriate tool for doing so..."

The Wisdom Daily: Who is Crazier – Noah or God? April 9, 2014

" I saw the blockbuster film Noah this past Sunday. Despite the deluge (sorry) of commentary about the film - inevitable for a biblical film in culture war times - I can't resist offering my take. Most of what has been written about Noah has centered on the film's fidelity to the original story, which really means fidelity to the way a particular critic heard the Noah story when he was a child, or the way his particular creedal community understands the story. Watch this segment from The Daily Show as proof..."

New Haggadahs Offer Unique Passover Experience For Every Seder Table April 8, 2014

"Passover is just around the corner and with it comes the ancient tradition of the seder and accompanying Haggadah. The Haggadah guides the ritual meal and commemorates the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. On each of the first two nights of Passover, people gather around the seder table for the 15-step meal and the recitation of the Haggadah..."

Remember for Life Published in Paperback by University of Nebraska Press April 7, 2014

Remember for Life by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is a compendium of stories of hope from the Holocaust. Now in its second printing and in paperback, we are pleased to let you know that it is available through University of Nebraska Press.
Memory is about choice. We can choose to remember the past in ways that provoke pain and stir our anger, or we can remember in ways that help us create the kind of world in which we most want to live.

The Wisdom Daily: Reconciliation Is a Two-Way Street April 7, 2014

"Think about a time when someone hurt you, and then came seeking forgiveness. How often did you feel that they weren't doing it "right", or in the way you had anticipated, and because of that, you found it impossible to accept their overture? And what about a time when you were the one apologizing, and then finding that your sincere efforts were not accepted? How hurt and angry were you?..."

Set Your DVR! Ep. 4 of The Bible Rules – new series with Brad Hirschfield on H2 History Channel April 3, 2014

Brad Hirschfield appears in the new series, The Bible Rules on H2 History Channel. Everyone knows the Bible has Ten Commandments, but there are, in fact, more than 2,000 additional rules and laws in its pages. This new series discusses weird rules, revealing rules, curiosity-inspiring rules – and these rules, which will help us understand history, are presented in informative, surprising and reaffirming ways. Episode 4, on April 6, 2014 at 10pm ET / 11pm PT.

The Wisdom Daily: What Religions Can Learn from Microsoft April 3, 2014

"Big news from Microsoft - it has finally decided to make its Office software, specifically its suite of applications including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, work on all computing devices including those made by its competitors, Apple's Ipads and Google's Android operating system. I think there's something that religions can take from this, especially if they want to compete in the marketplace of wisdom and practices that help people flourish..."

Kirtan Rabbi in Northampton, MA at Yoga Sanctuary, Friday April 11, 2014 8pm April 2, 2014

Bring your Voices, dancing socks and open hearts to a first of a kind experience in Northampton: Join the Kirtan Rabbi and band for a Shabbat service based in chant (kirtan and niggun), movement, meditation and learning. No need to know Hebrew (or be Jewish, for that matter) to fully luxuriate in this happening.

The Wisdom Daily: Filled with Gratitude… and Cancer April 2, 2014

"Yesterday, I buried a friend and teacher of many years. She was older, but hardly "old", at least not from my perspective, and she had a rather limited time in which to deal with her impending death. In fact, the time from diagnosis to demise was exactly 5 weeks. In those 5 weeks however, she continued her role as brave teacher about living life well and wisely..."

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