Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath is a “remarkably inspiring idea,” says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, who is president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Given recent shootings, such as Sandy Hook, the Sabbath could provide inspiration for people of faith to take action to prevent violence.
From Odyssey Networks, 3/15/13
Rabbi Irwin Kula offers Passover's wisdom of wrestling with how to become free. We employ a three step meditation on life:
Wherever we are, we are in Egypt;
There is always a promised land - a better, freer place;
and To reach this promised land we need to journey - there is no easy way, no direct path.
Bill Wills and Mike Snyder discuss the fascinating story of the election of the new pope with Rabbi Hirschfield. There is great humility needed in taking this big decision — it’s about who Catholics think God wants in this position that is so integral to the 1.3 billion person community.
From Wills and Snyder in the Morning on WTAM (AM), Cleveland 3/14/13
Rob Schilling speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about finding faith without fanaticism. Anyone who thinks that they are 100% right 100% of the time probably falls in the fanatic category. Rabbi Hirschfield advocates that 10% of the information that one consumes should be something with which one disagrees. This practice doesn't weaken the integrity of what one believes, it gives us bigger perspective.
Pamela Bates speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about Pro Choice vs. Pro Life — when does life begin? Is that a productive conversation about this issue? Tune in at 24:10 to hear Rabbi Hirschfield speak about how we cannot move forward trying to convince the other person that they are wrong.
From The Pamela’s Place on WDNG News Talk, Birmingham, AL 3/8/13
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield explains that our reaction to Playboy's announcement of a new Hebrew language edition should not automatically be negative.
Bob Wrongly speaks with Rabbi Hirschfield about the opening of the First Atheist Church in London. The human need to come together with like-minded people to connect around the "big stuff" of life isn't just for the religious.
From The Bottom Line on KBRT Radio, Costa Mesa, CA 3/4/13
"It is crucial that American Jews of all denominations join to support religious pluralism in Israel, and in the United States as well. We need to find ways to respect and recognize each other’s conversions and life-cycle rituals. There are not so many of us that we can afford to be divided..."
"Rabbi Irwin Kula offered a session called Rabbi in the Public Square. We'd been talking a lot about how we do our work within this visible networked world of social media, and what it's like to feel so visible (on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube), and he noted that "Religious people have long known that we're always seen.
Clal teaching fellow, Janet R. Kirchheimer spoke to a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The session offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader, and is part of Clal’s ongoing work with LEAD.