"It is crucial that American Jews of all denominations join to support religious pluralism in Israel, and in the United States as well. We need to find ways to respect and recognize each other’s conversions and life-cycle rituals. There are not so many of us that we can afford to be divided..."
"Rabbi Irwin Kula offered a session called Rabbi in the Public Square. We'd been talking a lot about how we do our work within this visible networked world of social media, and what it's like to feel so visible (on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube), and he noted that "Religious people have long known that we're always seen.
Clal teaching fellow, Janet R. Kirchheimer spoke to a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The session offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader, and is part of Clal’s ongoing work with LEAD.
"I've been at the second meeting of my cohort of Rabbis Without Borders fellows...For me one central question of the session came from Rabbi Brad Hirschfield: who is your Torah for? Over the course of his session, he said several things which resonated with me. He urged us to try to live in a way which acknowledges the need for walls, but keeps the walls lowered as much as we can bear. ("Walls keep us safe," he agreed, "but they can also become prisons.") He exhorted us to live in a mindset of abundance.
"While there were quite a few excellent movies in 2012, my favorite, far and away was “Argo.” I saw it with my wife and another couple, and the film was so well-crafted that my friend was quite literally curled in his seat, covering his eyes and holding his breath during a scene where the only thing happening was the printing of plane tickets. The whole ending was tense, taut and exciting. It was also completely fabricated...."
Sam Clovis speaks with Rabbi Hirschfield about the legacy of the Pope’s resignation. Hirschfield feels that the resignation is in service to the Church that Pope Benedict loves, and that it is an opportunity for the Church, to whom so many feel attached but may have trouble with institutional structures, to begin to create new connections.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks with Sean Herriott about news of the Pope’s resignation. Pope Benedict will be remembered by the Jewish community well; he has been significantly responsible for advancing Jewish-Catholic relations.
From Morning Air on Relevant Radio, 2/26/13
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield addresses the story of a 16-year-old girl’s lawsuit against her parents, saying they were pressuring her to have an abortion. Hirschfield examines the pro-life and pro-choice debate that continues in America, noting the rhetoric in both camps.
From Odyssey Networks, 2/21/13
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. After a Texas teen sued her parents claiming they were forcing her to have an abortion, pro-life advocates are celebrating a court’s decision to give the teen the right to have her baby. The argument pro-life advocates used in supporting the teen is that she should have the choice of whether or not she wanted to have an abortion — an argument made popular by pro-choice advocates. Will this case redefine the terms pro-life and pro-choice?
How can a group of women praying peacefully at a prayer wall be seen as dangerous and provocative? Rev Paul Raushenbush, Huff Post Senior Religious Editor, and Alicia Menendez host this discussion with Anat Cohen, Dr. Bonna Devora Haberman, Rabbi Susan Silverman, and Rabbi Jason Miller, a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow.