Free speech just got more expensive April 9, 2014

"Dear Supreme Court justices: When I heard about the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling, it made me plotz. I’m a rabbi, so I know much more about the Talmud than about torts. But if there’s any group that can compete with scholars of constitutional law, it’s rabbis. Your recent decision was all about the First Amendment and free speech...."

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?..."

Passover, Pew and You April 4, 2014

Who are Jewish Americans and what do we believe?

The Pew Portrait Survey offered an answer, and the “experts” have been squabbling ever since. Rather than fighting about what it all means, here’s a way to learn from the survey, enrich your Passover holiday, and quite possibly your life as a whole.

Download the Passover Card as a .pdf file

Brad Hirschfield on The Supreme Court, Money and Democracy April 4, 2014

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court made a significant ruling removing limits on the amount of money individuals can contribute to federal political campaigns. Money in politics is nothing new, according to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-Founder and Executive Editor of, but "healthy societies are about balancing equal access and laws that are equally applied."

Passover And Jewish Personhood April 3, 2014

"Who are Jewish Americans and what do we really believe? The approach of Pesach offers an especially good opportunity to raise that question. The seder, after all, is the single most widely observed ritual among Jewish Americans. Why might that be?..."

By Brad Hirschfield Special to The Jewish Week,

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..."

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