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 TheDailyWisdom.com, but "healthy societies are about balancing equal access and laws that are equally applied."
"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?..."
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.
"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..."
Bring your Voices, dancing socks and open hearts to a first of a kind experience in Northampton: Join the Kirtan Rabbi and band for a Shabbat service based in chant (kirtan and niggun), movement, meditation and learning. No need to know Hebrew (or be Jewish, for that matter) to fully luxuriate in this happening.
"Yesterday, I buried a friend and teacher of many years. She was older, but hardly "old", at least not from my perspective, and she had a rather limited time in which to deal with her impending death. In fact, the time from diagnosis to demise was exactly 5 weeks. In those 5 weeks however, she continued her role as brave teacher about living life well and wisely..."
"Given the controversy surrounding Theater J’s production of Motti Lerner’s play “The Admission” at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, I expected to see a full-scale indictment of Israel’s conduct during its 1948 war of independence. Instead I encountered a play that probed the complexity of war, politics, memory, ethnic identity, love and survival with astounding sensitivity and nuance...."
"Baseball season opens this week. Yes, hope springs eternal. We made it through winter even if winter wants to hang on a few more days. It is the start of new careers for players and the opportunity for new beginnings for players who had a bad season last year. What makes baseball so much fun is you never know how the arduous 162 game regular-season and three-tier playoff series system (that can extend the season by up to 19 more games for teams that reach the World Series) will play out. Underdogs will arise, favorites will disappoint, expectations will be unfulfilled and the unexpected will surprise..."
"This remarkable film tells the true story of how, in the darkest days of WWII, Jewish prisoners fought back against the Nazis by singing, dancing and laughing...As Rabbi Irwin Kula writes in the introduction to the companion book to the film, "We divide the world between victims who went passively to their deaths and those who courageously fought and killed the enemy.
"Both religion and science often tend to present themselves as “knowing everything.” Yet in both realms, there is an enormous amount we don’t know, and we tend not to appreciate the value of doubt, uncertainty, ignorance and failure. Indeed, knowledge and uncertainty, and belief and doubt, are often two sides of the same coin, and it’s the dynamic relationship between the two that drives us forward.