Seder Theater May 15, 2012

"I wanted to thank Rabbi Brad Hirschfield for writing such a lovely article explaining the spirit of the seder (“Guess Who’s Coming To Seder?” March 30)..."

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By Randi Michaels Block Special to the Jewish Week
, 5/8/12

Religious leaders divided on Obama's gay marriage stance May 15, 2012

"...Kula himself supports gay marriage and supports the president in publicly stating his position. "The president went through the personal journey that is a religious and spiritual journey that millions of Americans are on," he said. "That is, to come to understand that people who are different, people who are other, are actually deserving of equal rights."

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Mormonism on the rise in US May 15, 2012

Rabbi Irwin Kula joins Fox News LIVE’s Lauren Green along with Warren Smith from Worldmag.com and Merry Miller to discuss why one faith is seeing growth.

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Fox News.com Live, 5/11/12

Obama on gay marriage: Why now? May 11, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: With the country almost equally divided about gay marriage — 46% favoring it and 44% opposing it — it’s a topic which always gets a great deal of attention. When the President of the United States changes his position on this very sensitive topic, it’s a big deal.

Mother’s Day: Is It Jewish? May 9, 2012

"How could it not be? That doesn’t mean that it’s also not Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Pagan, Buddhist, etc. It’s not a zero sum thing, as it rarely is in these things. But that is for another time...."

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By Brad Hirschfield in the Jewish Ledger, Connecticut Edition

Missing Maurice Sendak May 8, 2012

"...Maurice Sendak appreciated that life was good -- mostly, but not always. He knew that life was about joy, but not always joyous. Maurice Sendak knew that life was beautiful, but could also be quite ugly..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

Inclusion and Welcoming Criteria for Orthodox Synagogues May 8, 2012

On Welcoming Orthodox Synagogues
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to speak to young gay and lesbian people. I often ask them to dream with me about their futures. What sort of Jewish lives were sufficiently possible to hope for or to make happen? What did they need in order to make a traditional Jewish life possible for themselves?

Op-Ed: Ordaining cantors is mostly good for congregations May 7, 2012

"Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in New
York. The key word here is ‘ordained’..."

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By Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, an RWB Fellow, from the JTA, 5/7/12

'Prior Claims' by Janet R. Kirchheimer May 3, 2012

Sometimes I want to be a southern girl,
to speak with vowels slow as honey,
to have legs long and lean,
to wear Wrangler boot cut jeans...." More...
By Janet R. Kirchheimer from Midstream Magazine, Spring 2012

What Is ‘Disruptive Innovation’ and Is it a Path to Political De-Polarization? May 3, 2012

"...[Craig] Hatkoff and Rabbi [Irwin] Kula argue that the key to forging greater understanding of one’s ideological opposite is through engendering a sense of sympathy for one another...Through new media platforms, it is possible, according to both Hatkoff and Kula, for people — be they subject matter experts or cultural icons — to share powerful, transformative narratives that effectively diffuse much of the polarization occurring in the nation today.

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