Harry Reid and the politics of winning at any cost August 7, 2012

"I don’t know the person’s name, but I think I know who told Harry Reid that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. I think it was the same person who spread equally unsubstantiated rumors about President Obama’s birth certificate. And why not? It’s all the same baseless tale-bearing that degrades politics and breeds the mistrust which is making good governance increasingly impossible..."

Chicken with a side of controversy August 2, 2012

"Across the country Wednesday, thousands of people flocked to Chick-fil-A to eat a sandwich and make a statement. In listening to, and reading accounts of, these people who crossed the road to eat a chicken, one learns that they were making many statements. They were eating in support of the restaurant, its CEO, his views on family and marriage, and the legitimacy of speaking one’s faith, even if it is unpopular with some, as long as one lives within the law..."

Romney was right — and wrong — in Jerusalem July 31, 2012

"...Jerusalem has confounded simplistic analyses for millennia. It’s a city whose very name, in Hebrew at least, suggests that it is a place in which everything can be found. It’s so true. Jerusalem is a great spiritual mirror in which people have found, and continue to find, whatever they are looking for, and that is exactly what happened to Romney, those who have defended his remarks and those who have attacked them...."

Did You See That Post on Facebook? July 26, 2012

"A parent is upset about how their child is treated by a summer camp, and wants the situation rectified. In 2012, how does a parent deal with this situation? By blogging about it, of course, and sending the link to the blog out to all of his friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter..."

By Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu from eJewishPhilanthropy.com, 7/26/12

An American Jewish Identity Crisis July 25, 2012

Rabbi Irwin Kula shares his thoughts on Judaism’s place in American politics with the Between Two Worlds filmmakers when he says: "What I’ve learned from studying Jewish history, and what I’ve learned from watching how America has unfolded politically, is that the only thing I can say for sure is that Judaism doesn’t have a specific politics.

Penn State NCAA penalty: Using a bomb when needing a scalpel July 24, 2012

"The NCAA took unprecedented, even draconian, measures today in response to the Penn State sex abuse scandal — as well they should have. The fact that former coach Jerry Sandusky was raping children and young men under cover of his role as a highly placed member of a seemingly trustworthy and definitely venerated institution was bad enough.

Brad Hirschfield: Did the NCAA get it right or did they go too far in punishing Penn State. Was their response ethical? Wise? July 24, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for today: Did they use a bomb when they should have used a scalpel? Did they fail to distinguish between collective responsibility and collective guilt when NCAA officials sanctioned Penn State?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 7/24/12

Rabbi Steve Greenberg on The Inner Struggles of Gay Orthodox Jews, Rabbis on Homosexualilty, and More July 23, 2012

Rabbi Steve Greenberg, along with several other people, talks about the inner struggles of Gay Orthodox Jews, rabbis on homosexualilty, and more. Hosted by Maureen Fiedler.

Boy Scouts of America should learn from its own history July 20, 2012

"The Boy Scouts of America reaffirms its commitment to their own version of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it comes to gay members and leaders, those most expected to support the decision did so, and those most expected to oppose did the same – no real surprises in either case. T...""

A Modest Proposal for the Olympics July 18, 2012

"I’m a sucker for the Olympics. True, it is a whole lot of expense that might be better spent, but even as a die hard non-sports fan, I find the pomp and ceremony, the exertion and accomplishment exciting. And the part I love best, without question, is the is the parade of countries..."
Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder is a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow

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