The Scapegoat of Deflategate May 8, 2015

This past week, the NFL released their report on the deflated football controversy in connection with the New England Patriots, also known as "Deflategate”. “So what’s going on?” asks Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of, “The scapegoat here was Tom Brady. The bigger goat, the better goat that was kept aside and spared any shame, seems to me, has got to be Coach Bill Belichick.” For more, watch the Faith on the Record video below.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

Epichorus’s sound is as diverse as its penchant for weaving musical legacies May 8, 2015

"How wide to let things stray — that’s the question in world music,” says composer and oud player Zach Fredman, the founder of the Epichorus, a Judeo Arabic retro-folk ensemble. You can see why the question has been on Fredman’s mind.

Janet R. Kirchheimer's Poem "Planting" On Bearings May 7, 2015

Bringing the dirt to his face,
my father smells it. “This is good soil,”
Blessed are You,

and we plant the garden, and
my father tells me he dreamed

To read the entire poem, click here.
From Collegeville Institute For Ecumenical Studies

Rabbi Irwin Kula is Guest Scholar at the Hamptons Synagogue for Shavuot May 5, 2015

Rabbi Irwin Kula is Guest Scholar in Westhampton, NY for Shavuot, May 23 - 25, and will teach at the following sessions over Shavuot:

Saturday, May 23, 10:45pm: Beyond Tribe and Creed: Religion As a Path to Human Flourishing

Sunday, May 24, 7:00pm: The Technology of Mitzvot: Is There An App for That?

Monday, May 25, 1:00pm: Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life

Irwin Kula on Race at the Anti-Summit May 5, 2015

"...Craig(Hatkoff) opened the Anti-Summit with a video hello from prior Disruptive Innovation Award honoree Glen Beck (yes, that Glen Beck) and then welcomed his partner, 8th generation Rabbi Irwin Kula, and Dixon White (yes, the Dixon White, self-styled Tennessee “redneck” who’s remarkable video has gone viral) to join him on the stage and discuss nothing less than race relations in America...As these men and their discussion made clear, we desperately need successful innovation in a number of critical busin

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap May 5, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. First, Governor Mike Huckabee is running for President. Will his pro-Christian message help or hurt his chances? Second, race relations have hit a 20 year low. Can this be reversed? Also, should illegal immigrants be allowed to serve in the military? Per the new retirement survey, why are people giving up on traditional plans to retire at age 65? Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Free Speech vs. Constructive Speech May 5, 2015

"...Sometimes, though, if you’re in the same tribe as someone behaving badly, ignoring it and remaining silent can seem like agreement. That’s why I’ve decided to address Pamela Geller and her organization’s anti-Islam rhetoric and actions. In the United States of America, she has the absolute right to express herself, even if she’s wrong, even if she’s offending large numbers of Muslims and non-Muslims..."

Steve Rotter Named Chairman of the Board of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership May 1, 2015

Steven J. Rotter, of New York, is named new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He succeeds Debra Tuchman of Colorado who has served in this role for the past three years.

Silence is not OK when Torah is painful May 1, 2015

"I received a call this week. The baal koreh who chants the Torah portion at the shul that I attend wanted to know what he should do when he arrives at Leviticus 18:22 in the reading. He felt uncomfortable simply reading the verse this year since I, my partner and child are full members of his community. It was a very moving question for me.

The Wisdom Daily: The ‘Bare Vineyards’ of Baltimore May 1, 2015

"here was a powerful confluence for me while studying last week's assigned Torah portion alongside news coverage about the April 19 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. In Baltimore, Gray locked eyes with police and ran; when he was apprehended, officers radioed for a vehicle for transport. By the time the police van pulled into the precinct station, Gray had three broken vertebrae and a fractured voice box. He died of spinal injuries a few days later.

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