Rabbi Brad Hirschfield a Panelist on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV April 15, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and Rachel Campos-Duffy, conservative pundit, national spokesperson for the LIBRE initiative. First, a helicopter landed on the lawn of the capital. Who is being held accountable for these security breaches? Are we safe? Second, the differences in media coverage of Rubio's announcement of running for President vs. Hillary Clinton. Third, Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list. Is this a good idea?

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap April 15, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. First, the intense media focus on Hillary and not on Marco Rubio. Is twitter helping or hurting her? Second, tax day 2015. Both parties fired up over vote on estate tax repeal. Pot luck issues of the day. Brad's favorite story of the day is it was found that painkillers dull joy. Is this evidence for the old adage that we need to experience pain in order to know real joy? That if there were no bad in the world, we would not appreciate all that remains good? Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.

The Wisdom Daily: Tax Time: Should We Try to Pay Less? April 13, 2015

"...To save for the future is to remind yourself that there is a future, one which you aspire to make better than today, no matter how good (or bad) your today happens to be. Meanwhile, donating financially to a worthy cause reminds us that we always have more than we imagine. It's one of the most powerful statements of our own capacity. And it's worth mentioning that sharing with others is a proven path to feeling better about or own lives..."

Tsvi Blanchard Discusses Challenges of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue at Fordham Law event April 13, 2015

...Respondent Tsvi Blanchard, scholar in residence at the event’s sponsor, Fordham Law’s Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work, joked that A Dialogue of Life was written to counteract people like him.

“I think I’ve made every mistake that’s listed in the book,” he quipped.

A lot of Catholic-Jewish dialogue in the past was about hurt feelings, long standing wounds, and maneuvering for position, and was more of a “dialogue of documents,” he said.

Geoff Mitelman on Why Do People Do Bad (and Good) Things? April 13, 2015

Why Do People Do Bad (and Good) Things? That’s the focus of the Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum. Rabbi Geoff Mitelman has gathered some of the most interesting articles on the topic. This week he includes an article on What Happens in the Brain When People Kill, Columnist David Brooks' The Moral Bucket List and others.

Brad Hirschfield on Conversion Therapy: Gay Rights or Public Health? April 10, 2015

This week President Barack Obama released a statement condemning the practice of reparative, or conversion, therapy designed to “treat” gay, lesbian and transgender youth. According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, this is not a gay rights issue, but “a public health issue, and very much in the domain of the President and the federal government."

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The Wisdom Daily: The Option to Forgive Is Always There April 9, 2015

"...What The Book of Forgiving does - with genuine wisdom, courage and beauty - is remind readers that the option to forgive is always there, and that when we offer forgiveness to others, we may be giving ourselves a remarkable gift as well. The same is true, I think, when we seek forgiveness from others, whether it's ultimately granted to us or not..."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Jewish Obsession With Counting April 9, 2015

"...Still I’m not ready to let go of the counting. The simple ritual of numbering the nights and then the weeks from Passover to Shavuot, is a reminder that liberation is not just an end in and of itself but also a beginning. At Passover we celebrate the ability to break free of that, which enslaves us.
We all have our burdens. And Passover celebrates the idea of being able to miraculously free ourselves from those burdens. But it is never that simple. Liberation takes work. "

Janet R. Kirchheimer's poem "One-Sixtieth Prophecy" published in The Forward April 8, 2015

"Near the house,
next to the woodpile,
lies a dream
too weak to enter.

I hold my shadow down as it
tries to escape, shut the windows,
bar the doors, imagine myself bright and shiny.

I am Joseph in the bor, the pit, empty of water,
but full of scorpions and serpents.

There is no one to listen..."
To read the entire poem, click here.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Meandering Towards Revelation April 6, 2015

"...even when we commit to a path of liberation, it can only unfold in each of our unique bodies and minds, with all their habits and imperfections. This work is slow, and like all holy work, requires of us three things: that we reach for the ground before leaping toward the sky, that we engage in the holy act of nourishing our bodies in community—and mostly, that we remember the simple and holy work of numbering our days."

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