Rabbi Brad Hirschfield and Adam Thompson — Senior Partner at the Law Offices of Adam M. Thompson, Criminal Defense Attorney, and Syndicated Talk Show Host join Steve to discuss Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s wins in the election, the future potential nominations of Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, and the decision of the federal appeals court to support transgender bathroom access.
"...I believe that the seder is a literary means of experiential education. The Haggadah wants each of us to recall that we were once estranged, disenfranchised, and marginalized so that each of us will cultivate a sense of empathy for the estranged, the disenfranchised, and the marginalized in our society today. We honor our past by acting in our present!..."
"...What happens when a congregation becomes the venue for one of these parody videos? It helps build up anticipation for an upcoming holiday, we see young adults, long-time members, and young children all working together on something fun and innovative, and there's a great feel-good and buzz in the larger congregation who love to hear that someone on the other side of the USA (or the other side of the world!) has seen our little video...."
"...Passover is the perfect time – because it's a Passover tradition to read Shir HaShirim, The Song of Songs, the Bible's erotic love poem. Song of Songs celebrates spring, with lush images of flowers in bloom, flocks grazing in green fields, and human lovers flirting. Well, maybe a bit more than flirting, if we take one of the lovers at her word...."
"As the Jewish Holiday of Passover approaches, I was told recently that as opposed to twenty years ago, when 90% of Jews reported that they attended some kind of Passover Seder, this year, more like 65% are expected to attend the Jewish spring ritual. When asked about the waning interest, Jews claim that they are increasingly bored by the 2000 year-old dinner.
Brad Hirschfield discusses the recent news that Canadians are considering physicians-assisted suicide legislation that would allow those suffering from a “serious and incurable illness” to end their lives.
Rabbi Hirschfield finds this consideration problematic. He says that we should focus instead on how we can “ease people’s suffering as much as possible as often as possible.”
View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.
"...The experience of satisfying our curiosity, even if the results are sometimes painful or unpleasant, brings us back to life. There are limits, of course, and that is the difference between a dead cat in an old adage, and real people. But there is something so deeply promising about better appreciating the power of curiosity and the promise of genuine satisfaction to be found in pursuing it, even if we don't love what we discover when we do...."
"...It occurred to me this year that the wisdom of this ‘nice green leaf’ from Carle's simple, but beautiful story can also be found at the Passover Seder, the traditional meal and discussion celebrating the Israelites emergence from slavery in Egypt...."
"...The Rabbis Without Borders Network is a pluralistic group of rabbis. That means that we do not have to all believe in one way of doing things in order to be in communication and community with each other. We like to hear each other's divergent views, learn more about each other, and hopefully model for others how this can be done in a respectful way, without the vicious acrimony we are currently seeing in our larger society...."
Brad Hirschfield discusses how a number of states in the U.S., most recently North Carolina and Mississippi, have passed laws that protect religious freedom. But what are the motives behind these laws?
Rabbi Hirschfield makes a point that true religious freedom comes only when all religions are protected, and that means protecting your own interests, but also the interests of others. View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD