"...Like my experience with Ariel, Holly's story encouraged me to reflect upon the negative effects that I fear the internet might have on my kids' ability to connect with others in a personal, meaningful way. Holly's story did not push me to give up limiting the amount of time my kids spend online. However, it did open my eyes to a positive side of social media that I had never considered...."
"...Sixty years ago, Canada could be described euphemistically in Biblical language reserved for Amalek, the tribe whose name became a euphemism for pure evil. As we fled Egypt, Torah says, we were weary and exhausted. Amalek attacked our weakest from behind. Each year in synagogue we read about this just before Purim. ‘Blot out the trace of Amalek.’ Torah tells us. ‘Don't forget!’ (Deut 25:17-19)...."
Brad Hirschfield highlights the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry officially labelled as genocide the acts being perpetrated against Christians, Shiite Muslims and Yazidis by ISIS.
“This is a historic statement, ” he reminds us, “what does it mean to call something something if it doesn’t move us to action? ” View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...The problem is clear. The economics of ostensibly traditional ways to ‘do Jewish’ – such as high-price Kosher foods and high-cost synagogue dues – narrowcasts Judaism toward the affluent, which in turn lifts costs higher. The result is that for many, cost is either a real barrier to doing Jewish, or a psychological barrier to doing Jewish – and either way it's a serious problem for the inclusivity and continuity of Jewish life...."
"...We should have known when he wanted to build a wall. We should have known when he wanted to register an entire religion. We should have known when he wanted to bar an entire People. We should have known when we no longer allow our children to watch debates because of his barbaric language. And so, we have to know right now, as he encourages bullies to swarm and punch those who protest his ways. You know a real bully when he won't fight himself.
"...In the current political season in the US, there is much to cause outrage and, on its surface, it is no laughing matter. Other colleagues have commented on this blog about the coarseness of the political discourse and the dangerous hate-mongering of Donald Trump. Should he become the Republican nominee, there are real fears about the chaos he could sow, not only within the political system, but among citizens who are being encouraged to express and act upon the basest of human emotions.
"...What if we don’t need to live each day like it's our last, and could get the same benefits from merely imagining it to be so? Perhaps all we really need is a ‘carpe diem’ thought exercise. No major commitment or drastic life change. Those resolutions never take, anyway. Just a simple thought exercise...."
Brad Hirschfield, author of “You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right” and President of CLAL and TheWisdomDaily.com; and Adam Thompson — Senior Partner at the Law Offices of Adam M. Thompson, Criminal Defense Attorney, and Syndicated Talk Show Host joins Steve to discuss President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, for the Supreme Court and the Republican opinion to not give Merrick Garland a confirmation hearing.
"...One night we discussed the existence of God;
Like a prophet he spoke with conviction.
He explained how we are abandoned
In a universe indifferent to light.
His logic was sound and my arguments weak;
I cried for the loss of my innocence...."
"...what I love about Pi is that it is not a rational number at all. That means that in addition to not being able to express it as a fraction, it is actually a never-ending and never-repeating sequence. Pi, like life, just keeps moving along. I love that. And not only does it keep moving along, it keeps moving ever closer to greater precision and accuracy, but we all accept that it will never get there...."