Climate, Shmita and Consumption January 12, 2015

"There are times when even atheists have trouble denying that there is a “hand of God” at work in history. How else to explain the coincidence of the largest ever gathering of humanity to assemble around the world to highlight the urgency of global action on climate change the week before Rosh haShana 5775, a shmitah (Sabbatical) year..."

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield a Panelist on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV -Absence of U.S. leaders at Unity March in Paris January 12, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and Joe Concha, Analyst at The Daily Beast. Issues of the day include: Obamas absence at unity march in Paris...Sleeper cells in U.S.

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From Newsmax with Steve Malzberg, 1/12/15

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on the Charlie Hebdo Attack: No Apologetics, No Islamophobia January 9, 2015

This week the world watched in horror as armed gunman stormed the office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring 11 more. As the story continues to unfold, what is the correct response?

On Wisdom – Irwin Kula with Brad Hirschfield January 8, 2015

"We recently announced a new video series - On Wisdom - at The Wisdom Daily. On Wisdom will feature interviews with noted innovators in business, the arts, medicine, religion, academia and more. In addition to hosting these inspiring individuals to talk about wisdom with co-founders Brad Hirschfield and Irwin Kula, the two sat down to discuss what wisdom means to them, and how they use it in their daily lives.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Moral Life? Or A Meaningful Life? January 8, 2015

"A few days ago, David Brooks wrote an article entitled “The Problem of Meaning.” In our society today, and especially in more liberal Jewish circles, “meaning” has become a high value. We want our prayer services to be “meaningful,” we want our social justice activities to be “meaningful,” we want our text study to be “meaningful.” But, as Brooks notes, meaning can potentially be very self-centered. It is often less about making our world better and more about making ourselves feel better...."

The Wisdom Daily: Defending Yourself Against Life Is No Way to Live January 7, 2015

"How best to keep yourself on the path to maximum success and happiness? Or, at the very least, avoid finding yourself in situations you come to regret? Those were the questions that animated much of a long New Year's lunch I enjoyed recently with friends. Perhaps it was the time of year, perhaps it was the wine; probably, it was a bit of both.

The Wisdom Daily: A New Year’s Challenge: Connecting While Disagreeing January 6, 2015

"What resolution can we make as we begin 2015 that would have the greatest impact on our personal and public lives? I found my answer reading a remarkable interview in the new Smithsonian magazine of the civil rights historian Taylor Branch, whose three-volume, 2,500-page chronicle, America in the King Years, is a landmark biography in American history. In the article - filled with fascinating insights about Martin Luther King Jr.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Choosing Your Word Wisely January 6, 2015

"Have you already chosen your word for 2015? The word that will focus your attention on what you want to do and who you want to be this year? It’s not too late to choose. New Year’s Eve—the traditional time for making resolutions—was less than one week ago, and many promises made that night have probably been broken by now. I chose my word yesterday, after realizing that it had been on my mind all weekend. I guess I needed a little time to overthink the matter...."

Map Publisher Leaves Out Israel January 5, 2015

"The promise to “wipe Israel off the map”, was originally popularized by the Socialist, Pan-Arabist, then Egyptian President (1956-1970), Gamal Abdel Nasser. Amazingly, and embarrassingly for them, HarperCollins has accomplished what Nasser could not. They have wiped Israel off the map, literally.

The Wisdom Daily: The Packaging of 2014: What’s ‘Like’ Got to Do With It? December 31, 2014

"The web is awash with collections of images that attempt to sum up the past year. And what news sites are doing for global events, Facebook is doing for your life. Log on, and you may discover that they've already created a collage of images to summarize the "wonderful" 2014 you've had.

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