Thursday, November 17th at Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, at 7:00 pm, see An Interfaith Discussion with Craig Hatkoff, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, CLAL and Sam Sawyer, S.J., Associate Editor, America.The Galileo Case is one of the most controversial and misunderstood chapters in the annals of the Catholic Church, its echoes resounding through the centuries, down to our present day.
Join us for an evening of Galileo "deconstructed," as a distinguished panel of experts questions longstanding narratives and re-examine the ongoing debate between science and religion, viewed through a completely different lens. The performance is held at the Black Box Theater — 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield and Tom Borelli, PhD, Contributor, Conservative Review join Bill Tucker, sitting in for Steve Malzberg, to discuss how the right and left along with the FBI itself respond to FBI Director James Comey’s statements. What significance is there to the timing of said statements, and the opinions provided.
"...if I truly believe that we need more civility, kindness and productive discussion in this country, I need to change my tone. I need to ask with genuine curiosity — ‘Hmm. Lots of people are supporting Trump. While I strongly disagree with them, they must have their reasons. So why do so many people support him?’..."
"Last year, our own dynamic [Canadian] federal election deposed the Conservative party and installed the Liberal party. We did not threaten violence, peer into candidates’ marriages, or watch insult-slinging on TV. And we are really relieved. Grateful, too, to one another and to a Higher Power. So, obsessively, we say, “Look at what’s happening in the U.S. – it didn’t happen to us!” At least, that’s the most compassionate spin – inspired by Rabbi Harold Kushner – that I can put on schadenfreude...."
"...I freely admit my publicity efforts were at the bottom of finding a renter for my house. Yet, I contend that getting a call immediately after signing a lease on a house, precisely at the moment I was sitting in front of that house, constitutes a miracle...."
"...My inability to learn about distant relatives has gotten me thinking about the legacy many of us hope to leave. Every so often a Michelangelo or an Albert Einstein comes along and does leave a lasting mark on history. But, as troubling as it is, my own genealogical research suggests that within a few generations of our passing, the odds are, just like Barney Wolff, the work we do during our lifetime will eventually be forgotten...."
"‘Mommy, if we didn't live in the United States, where would we live?’ my son asked me. His question came because his friends in school were talking about the current election. ‘Well, Israel.’ I responded, but with a caveat: We aren't going anywhere. While I have very strong opinions about this election, I believe it is incumbent upon us to work to strengthen and improve our society for all its citizens. If I don't like the result of this presidential election, I believe it cowardice to turn tail and run.
"For decades, the only way a rabbi could get a job with a synagogue was through his or her rabbinical association’s placement office, which would also determine the size of the congregation the rabbi could handle.
"Jewish mystics call it ratzo va-shov (Ezekiel 1:14) – literally ‘running and returning’ or, in modern vernacular, ‘to and fro’ or ‘ebb and flow.’ By its nature, spiritual life (really, all life) has peak experiences and then flatter terrain – times of exertion and times of relative ease, times we call holidays and times that seem more routine...."
Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer's poem, "Blessing" appears in the anthology "The Poets Quest for God." The anthology arose out a series of conversations between publisher Todd Swift and Father Oliver Brennan.
"I long for stones to put under my head,
to dream of a ladder that reaches
into the sky, where angels go up and down,
to know that God was in this place,
to take stones, and set them as a pillar, pour oil
on the top, wait to give name to