"Why is it that a person born with male anatomy can self-identify and live as a woman, but someone born into a Czech-German body can't self-identify as African-American? Is gender identity a construct, while racial identity is inextricably connected to one's biology?
"....As the first graduates of JLC, we know that this is not the end of our journey; it has only just begun. We are now positioned to go out into the community and face the difficult issues before us....Over the course of eight months, we heard lectures from and workshopped with innovators of our time: leaders like...Rabbis Ari Hart, Irwin Kula and Noah Farkas, and, of course Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, the creator of and guiding force behind JLC."
"...Perhaps the takeaway - the lesson I learn by reflecting on the meaning of Father's Day, even when my father has died - is that as fathers (and mothers), we should worry less about the family name and more about its values. And rather ironically, we may then be more likely to raise children who, because love and values trump name and "brand," end up worrying about the perpetuation of the family name!..."
"... I yearn for you to develop a rich, spiritually penetrating prayer life. To find not only fluency within Jewish liturgy but contemporary resonance that connects with your neshama, your soul. I hope that you will come to a theology that doesn’t hide form reality but also isn’t so thin that it is devoid of support and comfort in times of struggle. I want you to learn not only how to perform rituals but what those rituals are intended to signify..."
Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Noah Rothman.
Donald Trump makes it official. Will voters buy what he is selling? Rachel Dolezal speaks out. And Prince plays at the White House. Who paid? Plus many more issues of the day.
"...[Hillary,] Like all household names, people are quick to judge her every move. And not always fairly, as was the case recently, when it came to light that an HIV/AIDS health initiative affiliated with the Clinton Foundation accepted a donation (in the range of $1-10 million over the last five years) from the Cameroon Baptist Convention.
We mourn the passing of Donna M. Rosenthal, our former Executive Vice chair. Donna was a committed professional, a devoted volunteer to so many causes, a beloved friend and wise counselor to many, she will be truly missed by all those whose lives she touched. May her memory be a blessing.
The following talk was presented by Donna Rosenthal at the National Conversation on Faith, Women and Philanthropy, San Francisco, CA on December 6, 2005.)
Rev. Franklin Graham attracted headlines and criticism this week when he withdrew the accounts of his non-profit, Samaritan's Purse, from Wells Fargo Bank over an ad that depicted a lesbian couple adopting a child. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, disagrees with Graham's actions, but believes he has something to teach us in his response to his critics. For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"The young girl, who looks
no older than seven or eight,
her black hair draped
on her arms, leans out
of the bus window
as if she were sleeping.
Only her turquoise and black shirt,
ripped open, and the blood
streak down the side of the bus
tell you she is dead."
To read more....
"Just about everything wrong with American/Western diplomacy in the Middle East in general, and with Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy in particular, is embodied by the study in this New York Times report, "Profit as an Incentive for Israeli-Palestinian Peace." The Rand Corporation (a nonprofit that researches public policy, with clients including the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) actually spent two years and $2 million compiling a 228-page study on the "opportunity costs" that woul