Irwin Kula, of Clal, says that technology is helping to reawaken Americans’ spirituality, at The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Innovation 2012 event in Berkeley, California. View...
From The Ideas Economy from the Economist
The rhythms of our ancestors'lives were set by the agricultural cycles and the accompanying rituals performed for each season at the Temple in Jerusalem. Sfirat Ha'omer, the counting of the omer, was one of the most carefully observed of these rituals. The priests would offer a measure of harvested crop, or omer, on the second day of Passover. All of Israel would then begin counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, forty-nine days in all. Although we no longer have the Temple, we still count. Counting the days from the sea-crossing freedom of Passover to the Torah-receiving commitment of Shavuot—the "counting the omer" —guides us in reaffirming that each day we progress, clarify, and act with our ultimate goals in mind.
Hin'ni mukhan u'm'zuman l'kayeim mitzvat asei shel sfirat
I am ready to fulfill the mitzvah of counting the omer
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Should George Zimmerman's lawyers have kept the case and expressed more concerned with Zimmerman's mental health, or were they right to drop it since Zimmerman wasn't consulting them?
"...This is a very exciting project,” commented David Kraemer, the librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary (and Clal Senior Associate), who is the app’s primary author...“We have used the old to inform the new in the most creative and beautiful way possible....It is my hope that people use the app to create as full or as simple a Seder experience as is fitting for them...."
Brad Hirschfield joins Foxnews.com Live to answer some basic questions about Passover, and addresses them in his opinion column at foxnews.com. Sample question: What's the deal with matzah? View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 4/6/12
"...The challenge was, OK, say something in one minute about ‘Dayenu,’ or say something in one minute about the Four Questions or the four sons,” (Rabbi Irwin) Kula said, naming a few of the better-known parts of the haggadah. “Say something in one minute that is accessible and usable and relevant — that gets the job done, which is to help create meaning in people’s lives..."
"...But there is another kind of hunger to which Passover responds as well: the hunger for human connection and the repair and restoration of personal relationships. Passover is not only about addressing the physical hunger of others, but of our own emotional and spiritual hunger as well...."
Brad Hirschfield joins Foxnews.com Live to talk about how both Passover and Easter offer stories of freedom and hope; rebirth and renewal. View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 4/5/12
Brad Hirschfield joins KTAR to talk about non-Jewish couples having Jewish weddings. "They're embracing the rituals, not the faith," he says.
Brad Hirschfield joins Bill and Joel to talk about Passover and Easter rituals, and why the egg is significant.
From the Bill and Joel Morning Show, WDUN,Atlanta,GA. 4/2/12