Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: A Generation of Profits December 22, 2015

"Dear Max Chan Zuckerberg,
Welcome to this world! Now that you are old enough to read this letter, your father is no longer the eighth richest person in the world. As you know, when you were born your parents announced the funding of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with 99% of their Facebook shares, which at the time of your birth meant a donation of about $45 billion...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Transgressive "Transparent" Rabbi December 21, 2015

"‘You have to watch this show.’ A friend told me. ‘There is a woman rabbi character. It is called ‘Transparent’ about a Jewish family whose father becomes a trans-woman.’ OK, I thought, this sounds interesting. There are not too many female rabbi characters on TV. In fact, when I say the word, ‘rabbi.’ What comes to mind?

A: A man, with a beard and glasses, probably with a few wisps of grey, right?..."

Brad Hirschfield on Christmas and Star Wars? December 18, 2015

Interestingly, a church in Germany and a church in New Jersey are both going to celebrate the Christmas story by incorporating characters from George Lucas’ Star Wars movie franchise. To many, this mash-up seems shocking. Is it sacreligious? Is it smart? Consider this: "Every sacred practice demands a little bit of borrowing from a previous culture so that it can be understood."

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: I Am Jewishly Grateful for Muslim Americans December 17, 2015

"In the last few weeks, we have seen the ugliness of racism in politics, with campaigners using prejudice and fear to gain what they hope will be votes for themselves,while demeaning our Muslim neighbors and fellow-citizens, and inciting against them; we have seen fear of Syrian refugees and people hoping to protect themselves by closing the gates of this country against them...."

Brad Hirschfield On Newsmax's The Steve Malzberg Show December 17, 2015

Brad Hirschfield, author of ‘You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right ’ and President of CLAL; and Tom Tracendo, former congressman (R-CO), 2008 candidate for US president, Breitbart.com columnist, and author of ‘In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security’ joins Steve to discuss the latest GOP debate and the Islamic immigration issue.

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The Wisdom Daily: Suing Over White Jesus December 16, 2015

"In the category of ‘you can’t make this up, but wish you were’ comes the story of Manhattan author, Justin Renel Joseph who is suing the Metropolitan Museum of Art, demanding that they remove ‘racist’ paintings that depict Jesus as a fair-haired Caucasian.

Brad Hirschfield On Newsmax's The Steve Malzberg Show December 16, 2015

Brad Hirschfield, author of ‘You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right ’ and President of CLAL; and Jim Hoft of TheGatewayPundit.com - conservative blogger and investigative reporter talk with Steve Malzberg about issues of the day. One of the issues discussed is President Obama's reaction to the San Bernardino shootings.

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Joseph, the Brother Sold Into Slavery, is…[SPOILER ALERT] December 16, 2015

"...This week’s Torah portion, Vayigash, is the climactic moment of the Joseph story. After being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph, who subsequently has risen from slavery to the highest ranks of Egyptian government and society, makes a big reveal akin to Darth Vader’s announcement to Luke Skywalker towards the end of Empire Strikes Back. (One could imagine Joseph saying, ‘No, I...am your brother.’)...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Can Our Love Be Bigger Than Our Fear? December 15, 2015

"...On Saturday evening I attended a rally in Brooklyn in support of Syrian refugees and against anti-Muslim hatred. There were a few hundred people there. We sang together, cheered Jewish, Muslim, and Christian speakers, and chanted the Hanukkah blessings as seven havdalah candles were lit in a large hanukkiah. The emphasis of the rally was on love—caring for the stranger, as we are commanded to do over 30 times in the Torah; and caring for the refugee, as we remember when Jews have been refugees...."

Brad Hirschfield asks, "Who is YOUR Person of the Year?" December 10, 2015

This week, TIME Magazine announced their choice for Person of the Year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. One could argue that the next two people on the list, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Donald Trump had a greater impact in 2015, says Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, though their impact was negative. Rabbi Hirschfield asks, who is the person of the year in your own life? And have you let them know how important they are to you?

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

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