Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lars Larson about the Treyvon Martin shooting, the Stand Your Ground law, and federal involvement in the case.
From the Lars Larson Show syndicated by Compass Media Networks
Staggering growth in developing economies, new networking technologies, and a renewed spirit of entrepreneurialism is democratizing innovation throughout much of the world. Yet, huge global risks threaten to impede the pace of innovation.
"Jewish citizens must be reassured that this is not the beginning of an ugly new chapter for Jews in France — one in which Jewish blood is cheaper than that of other French citizens, and Muslim citizens must be reassured on two fronts: 1) That these events do not mark all Muslims either as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, and 2) That political correctness will not get in the way of seeking out those who use Islam as cover and justification for their murderous intent...."
Poet Janet R. Kirchheimer's poem, Climbing the Ladder, was featured on The Jewish Writing Project, one of top 50 Jewish blogs on the web.
The Jewish Writing Project, 3/19/12
“...The dog-on-the-roof tale is only half of a "problematic palindrome" for Romney: "Dog/God," says Brad Hirschfield in The Washington Post. We Americans "like to see ourselves in our candidates," and people who think Romney is somehow different feel more comfortable criticizing him for his odd pet treatment than his Mormon faith, which some Christians have bizarrely singled out as a troublingly foreign religious tradition...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Was Trayvon Martin's death a hate crime and how much of the case should focus on this?
On March 11, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield participated in a conversation on Patrilineal Descent in a Pluralistic Community with the Academy for Jewish Religion's Executive Vice President Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, among others. The issue raises strong reaction and highlights the tensions regarding Jewish identity. The following is an oped written by Dr. Prouser, in which she addresses many of the concerns.
"Mitt Romney has a palindrome problem...In Governor Romney’s case, the problematic palindrome is Dog/God. Of course, the ‘dog’ is Seamus, a family pet which the Romney’s took on vacation 25 years ago, riding in a dog carrier, strapped to the top of their station wagon. To me, the amazing thing about this story is that anybody cares!..."
"Maccabiah is one of the healthiest engagements with young people...in American Jewish life." says Rabbi Irwin Kula who has participated in the games in various capacities, including officiating as rabbi at many b’nei and b’not mitzvah ceremonies. Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes to represent the USA at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17-30, 2013.
"...Purim reminds us of a key insight — one which doesn’t shrink from difference, or even the need to fight existential foes — and it all comes down to knowing that we are one..."