'Real Housewives,’ broken lives September 6, 2011

"Articles arguing that reality TV producers need to create, and commit, to a code of ethics, keep popping up..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog in the Washington Post’s "On Faith" Column

Hard Core Atheist Secularists and Their Religious Counterparts Become Increasingly Alike September 2, 2011

"Secularists, atheists really, are following other ethnic and religious identity groups in using academia to create and/or shore up a particular cultural identity. For example, noted atheist secularist, and editor of the Humanistic Bible, A. C. Grayling is opening a “secular university” this year..."

Playing Games With Jewish Education September 1, 2011

"Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, who brings together game designers and Jewish educators through his organization ConverJent, argues that more Jewish educational websites should become “media remix laboratories.” In a widely-read essay on ejewishphilanthropy.com, “A Call for Jewish Education through Gaming and Game Design,” he imagines a Jewish digital ecosystem in which learners “develop and hone their affinities, teach themselves, and mentor their virtual peers."

Is Recession the New Normal? Brad Hirschfield's Ethical Take August 30, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Is the recession just the norm of the day, and Michele Bachmann and God. Brad Hirschfield’s ethical take on the news.

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 8/30/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week. Check out the site. Topics are posted that morning. Submit questions early!

Bachmann’s religious politics August 29, 2011

"...While not making that claim overtly, Ms. Bachmann consistently approaches both politics and religion from a position of absolutes - the kind of absolutes which, if not absolutely 100 percent correct, can be pretty dangerous. From defaulting on our national debt to abortion to this weekend’s hurricane, there is, according to Michelle Bachmann, only one right answer - hers...."

Come to Germany and Teach August 29, 2011

"Judaism has spawned its own rich history of legal thought. The Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard has been teaching recently at the Humboldt University in Berlin and reported on his experiences here in Germany...." More in the original German...

From Franfurter Allgemeine, 8/26/11

Brad Hirschfield on Bloomberg's Big Blunder August 29, 2011

"So why now, at a critical moment when faith is so central for so many New Yorkers is the city officially unable to find a way to honor that reality and recall the important role faith has played in the lives of so many people both in New York City and around the world -- both in the immediate aftermath of the attacks and in the days and years since?..."

Playing Games With Jewish Education August 25, 2011

"Among the important findings in the growing field of education game research is that digital or online games, far from being passive experiences, have the potential to prompt the most active kind of learning. Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, who brings together game designers and Jewish educators through his organization ConverJent, argues that more Jewish educational websites should become “media remix laboratories.”..."

Breaking ‘conflict gridlock’ to create peace August 24, 2011

"Featuring Rabbis Irwin Kula and Brad Hirschfield, “Searching for Answers and Wisdom in a Post-9/11 World” will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, 8:15-9:30 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y in New York City...The program will address such questions as: In a post-9/11 era, how can we use our traditions to create a more secure world? And How can we use our collective insights to stop the conflicts and create harmony?

The Business of Life August 18, 2011

"...Christensen has attracted a cult following who believe that his theories can be applied to all aspects of life. Two years ago, Craig Hatkoff, a real-estate investor and author, launched the Disruptive Innovation Awards at The Tribeca Film Festival…. Hatkoff says disruptive innovation is a philosophy that resonates far beyond business strategy. He and Irwin Kula, a rabbi and public intellectual, are working on a book that applies Christensen's theories to religion and spirituality..."

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