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"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
"Brad Hirschfield, a close observer of the intersection between Judaism and pop culture [says]These journeys can… wake up our angels, such as our need to unify as Homer has, but also our ugliest demons, like suddenly thinking you’re the Messiah. It reminds us that Jerusalem is important to lots of people and lots of traditions. If it weren’t, the Simpsons couldn’t use it as a spot for their journey of self-discovery.."
"Novelty is one of the seder's oldest traditions. And one way to keep your Seder fresh is by asking not only how this night is different from all others, but also asking how this year Pesach is different from all other Passovers of years past..."
"The practices of Pesach are meant to help us experience and empathize with the journey from slavery to freedom, from the tight spots in our lives to the expansive feeling of liberation. Here are 10 simple practices, each of which is inspired by Passover traditions, to help you liberate yourself and others, too..."
When Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard was teaching Jewish law in Germany at Humboldt Law School in Berlin (one of the most prestigious law schools in Germany), he had a student whose doctoral work he significantly influenced. The thesis has now been published as a book and received serious attention in such prominent press as the German equivalent of the Wall Street Journal....
"...From Abraham and Moses to Jesus and so many more, wrestling with doubt is one of the ways in which good people become great spiritual masters...."
Recognized for his work as global teacher and religious leader with a deep commitment to pluralism, Rabbi Irwin Kula was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to promote the legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Through its many programs, the Foundation supports a culture of world peace and sustainability, offering a global vision for building harmony and justice by reconciliation, forgiveness, and ethical leadership, and to be included in its work is a great honor. For a brief description of Archbishop Tutu’s humanist philosophy, or "Ubuntu," in which he talks about how as a society we do not function alone—we are always in relation to each other, view:
"Before arriving in Israel for 5 days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Vice President Joe Biden reached out to leading members of the Jewish community for guidance..."
"Famed Israeli Rabbi, Mordechai Elon, stands accused of numerous sexual indiscretions with students....."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, characterized as a self–confessed "radical pluralist" is interviewed by Rachael Kohn at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
From ABC Radio National–Australia, The Spirit of Things, aired 12/21/2010