"Brad Hirschfield argues that people both for and against Occupy Wall Street need to put aside politics and acknowledge the urgent problems of increasing poverty, income disparity and hopelessness in America..."
"Irwin Kula talks to WCBS-TV News (NYC) about using prayer for material gain..."
"Brad Hirschfield joins Vocalo on WBEZ to discuss the role of spirituality in leadership, a topic he presented at the 48th Annual Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast..."
"...To be sure, how Jews experience and express their Jewishness in contemporary America is changing. Rising rates of marriage between Jews and non-Jews and sinking rates of affiliation with traditional Jewish communal institutions raise questions about where Jewish life in America is headed. But to assume that these changes signal the end of Jewishness in America is absurd....""
Irwin Kula joined Fox News.com's "Spirited Debate," to discuss the new found role of faith in the Democratic party. View...
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"...Rabbi Brad Hirschfield...attended the banquet and said he was struck by the mutual respect and affection between the chief rabbi and the shluchim, iconic symbols of two distinctly different wings of Orthodoxy. That Chabad invited the chief rabbi to address what is perhaps the most important organizational event on the Chabad calendar, said Rabbi Hirschfield..."
According to Rabbi Sirbu, once the movement began to ordain women, it rested on its laurels. “We didn’t do enough,” she said. “There are a number of issues. Most of us were educated to believe that God is a man, even though that isn’t at all conscious. Even today, we use male God language. The default pronoun for God is he. For many people, the rabbi serves as God’s surrogate, so when you think rabbi you think he.
"...early in my career as a chaplain, I asked a Jewish patient whom I was visiting if she would like me to say the Jewish prayer for healing for her called the Mishebeirach, literally meaning, ‘May the one who blesses.’ She said yes, and I chanted the ancient words, inserting her name at the appropriate place in the blessing asking for a complete recovery of body and soul. When, I concluded the prayer, I looked up to see tears streaming down her face. I sat with her as she composed herself.
Brad Hirschfield looks at the meaning of the holiday and the lesson of gratitude.