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"It will be the first time in history that three women have served on the court, and the first time ever that the court will be protestant-free..."
"As we observe the five-year anniversary of the passing of Pope John Paul II and the concomitant accession of his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, I am struck by the ways in which each has advanced the cause of interreligious conversation and cooperation...."
In April, Rabbi Irwin Kula was invited to speak at the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (IJSHOF). The event honored Samuel P. Sporn with a Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence for his record-breaking Tennis Masters and Grand Masters Maccabiah achievements, both in Israel and in the Pan American Maccabi Games in South America.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks to attendees in a variety of sessions at the Parliament which took place in Melbourne, Australia, and included:
Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu was invited to present a session on modern trends in religious identity to the Greater Phoenix Board of Rabbis. Examining the recent Pew and ARIS studies, which show that there is greater movement between different religious traditions than ever before, she challenged the group to be more aware of the make-up of their constituents and the issues they face.
Radio Host Brian Lehrer moderated a dialogue at WNYC on how public intellectuals can best bring scholarly scrutiny and the wisdom of their faiths beyond the ivory tower to the biggest public debates of today. Joining the event, which was hosted by the prestigious Auburn Theological Seminary, was Rabbi Irwin Kula. Listen to the podcast...
Rabbi Hirschfield was interviewed on WXXI Public Radio about themes from his book, You Don't Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right.
"...religious leaders and the communities which they lead wear the mantle of victimhood to cover their naked moral failings. In the past days I have heard Catholics tell me again and again that ‘the Church is under assault.’ Under assault by whom? Is this "assault" the real problem? Or is it a deflection from the horrors of child abuse committed by the religious?..."
"How do we balance the optimism we need to move forward in our lives, with the realism which allows us to learn from the past and avoid repeating its mistakes? The green vegetable on our Seder plate, Karpas, can help...."
"We all long to be free from the struggles, fears, hurts and resentments which creep into our lives. We are all entitled to the liberation from them which is promised by the Passover story...."
Rabbi Hirschfield was interviewed on this topic on The Busted Halo, Sirius XM Radio, 3/24/10