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"In a word — Heroism. One was a hero, one is, and all of us either could be or already are...."
"‘Now we’re moving from books to a Digital Age,’ says Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu ... helping rabbis rethink their route to reaching Jews. ‘Some enter with a little trepidation. What does it mean to offer rabbinical advice to someone you’ve never seen?’...Rabbi Brad Hirschfield ... says don’t be too quick to judge: ‘I don’t think that even if the most beautiful virtual synagogue in the world was built would it work for me. But would I like to see it built? Yes.
"It is past time that the Jewish community welcomed women into leadership roles and valued our contributions. If we don’t do this, we will lose the next generation of Jewish leaders...."
"Jews have participated in the public sphere since Abraham made his first appearance in the court of a foreign king...."
"We have to figure out an ethic and a way to be with each other when there is genuine difference...."
By Adam Phillips from Voice of America—
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...."
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"...The group is doing "anti-terrorist training" and preparing to bring weapons to synagogue to deal with the possible threat of terrorism over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I am not sure which is worse -- how stupid this is, or how dangerous..."
"People making claims based on the idea that humans are created in the image of God need to be very careful that we are not actually creating God in our image and then invoking that God to "prove" the moral correctness of that which we believe..."