"...I'm worried that the grit which contributed to the growth and strength of this country has been so eroded that commitment to long term goals is seen as foolish dreaming. While we value conscientiousness, optimism and self-control in our children, do we demand those values in our leaders? Do we value courage, resolve and strength of character in ourselves?..."
Brad Hirschfield, author of “You Don't Have to Be Wrong for Me to Be Right” and President of CLAL and TheWisdomDaily.com; and Brigitte Gabriel — President of Act For America and Author of “They Must be Stopped” joins Steve to discuss the attacks in Belgium and the war on terror.
"...On Purim, we are taught to use graggers to drown out Haman's name during the reading of the Megillah. We are taught to refuse to respect those whose words perpetuate evil, hatred, and destruction. So where were the Jews drowning out this modern-day Haman, inside our own home at the AIPAC conference?..."
Join Andrew Hahn, the Kirtan rabbi, this Friday evening, March 25, from 7:30 to 9:30pm at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York.
"...Like my experience with Ariel, Holly's story encouraged me to reflect upon the negative effects that I fear the internet might have on my kids' ability to connect with others in a personal, meaningful way. Holly's story did not push me to give up limiting the amount of time my kids spend online. However, it did open my eyes to a positive side of social media that I had never considered...."
"...Sixty years ago, Canada could be described euphemistically in Biblical language reserved for Amalek, the tribe whose name became a euphemism for pure evil. As we fled Egypt, Torah says, we were weary and exhausted. Amalek attacked our weakest from behind. Each year in synagogue we read about this just before Purim. ‘Blot out the trace of Amalek.’ Torah tells us. ‘Don't forget!’ (Deut 25:17-19)...."
Brad Hirschfield highlights the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry officially labelled as genocide the acts being perpetrated against Christians, Shiite Muslims and Yazidis by ISIS.
“This is a historic statement, ” he reminds us, “what does it mean to call something something if it doesn’t move us to action? ” View Rabbi Hirschfield's discussion below.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD
"...The problem is clear. The economics of ostensibly traditional ways to ‘do Jewish’ – such as high-price Kosher foods and high-cost synagogue dues – narrowcasts Judaism toward the affluent, which in turn lifts costs higher. The result is that for many, cost is either a real barrier to doing Jewish, or a psychological barrier to doing Jewish – and either way it's a serious problem for the inclusivity and continuity of Jewish life...."
"...We should have known when he wanted to build a wall. We should have known when he wanted to register an entire religion. We should have known when he wanted to bar an entire People. We should have known when we no longer allow our children to watch debates because of his barbaric language. And so, we have to know right now, as he encourages bullies to swarm and punch those who protest his ways. You know a real bully when he won't fight himself.
"...In the current political season in the US, there is much to cause outrage and, on its surface, it is no laughing matter. Other colleagues have commented on this blog about the coarseness of the political discourse and the dangerous hate-mongering of Donald Trump. Should he become the Republican nominee, there are real fears about the chaos he could sow, not only within the political system, but among citizens who are being encouraged to express and act upon the basest of human emotions.