Rabbi Hirschfield on Keeping the Faith in the Wake of NSA Leaks June 20, 2013

This week, Edward J. Snowden leaked classified National Security Agency information on surveillance of US citizens. Some are hailing him as a hero, others are denouncing him as a criminal. Has this shaken our faith in government?

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From Odyssey Networks’s FAITH ON THE RECORD,
6/20/13

Father’s Day: What fatherhood taught me about God June 16, 2013

The notion of God the father, or God as father, can be found in many traditions. Central to many Christian theologies, and often present in Jewish liturgy, the idea invites many possibilities – not all of them necessarily positive, but all especially powerful as the nation celebrates Father’s Day.

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By Brad Hirschfield from The Washington Post

After the NSA revelations, is there any faith left? June 14, 2013

The NSA is snooping on us – data mining is the fancy term – but call it what you want. Bottom line is that our own government is tracking our cell phone, Internet, and email use. We know this now because former NSA employee Edward Snowden has leaked that fact, and the NSA doesn’t even deny it.

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By Brad Hirschfield from The Washington Post

Keeping Up With The Future June 12, 2013

"Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, said, “Torah is ownerless; that’s why it was given in the desert. This question [Whose Torah Is It Anyway?] is a masked question of the anxieties of this room.’"...

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By Gabriela Geselowitz from The Jewish Week
6/11/13

Kernal to Canon: Desert Trials June 12, 2013

Desert Trials is the newest book in Clal Resident Tzemah Yoreh, Ph.D.'s Biblical Narrative (Kernel to Canon) Series, and this volume is a bilingual edition too. In Desert Trials he traces the development of his uniquely divergent account into the canonical text we have today. The book series develops the his work on his website, biblecriticism.com.

AWARDS NOMINEE SPOTLIGHT: JEWISH TIME JUMP June 12, 2013

"Rabbi Owen Gottlieb, the director and founder of ConverJent, produced, wrote, and co-designed Jewish Time Jump with co-game designer Jennifer Ash. Games for Change had the chance to ask them both about the creation and inspiration for the game. What’s your background in making games? Rabbi Owen Gottlieb: I have been designing games since my childhood in the early ’80s – in elementary school, on the playground, at home, and at camp.

Why an Atheist monument is a good thing June 10, 2013

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield joins Fox News LIVE's Lauren Green to talk about why our country needs to become more expansive and inclusive.

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Fox News.com Live, 6/7/13

Brad Hirschfield on Atheists and the 10 Commandments June 7, 2013

"People entering the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke, Florida will soon be able to have a look at both a monument featuring the Ten Commandments and another one which will feature quotes celebrating secularism as well. And why not? What's good for the goose is good for the gander, as the old saying goes...."

Augmented-Reality Game Brings a Story of Jewish Labor Organizers Back to Life June 6, 2013

"There is a feeling you get when you stand on, say, the ground at Gettysburg or the steps of the Lincoln Monument and you know that something momentous, a piece of history, occurred right on that part of the Earth right beneath your feet. But what about the history that went down at less noted locations, places that you pass every day on your way to work or when you take your dog out for a walk?

Shabbat KORACH: Playing With Fire June 6, 2013

"...For American Jews, socialism and communism were also social movements permeating the most mundane aspects of life. There were socialist and communist summer camps, mother’s groups, and even sports clubs. For many Jews, socialism and communism were part of the fullest expression of American freedom. But as we see in this week’s Torah portion, engaging with a political approach that challenges established power can have disastrous results.

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