Janet R. Kirchheimer talks with Louie B. Free about Holocaust memory, the need and to ensure survival of the survivor's stories and the impact on generations beyond. She speaks about the artistic response to this task and how it is evolving.
April 15 marks “tax day,” the filing deadline for the IRS. Despite the moans and groans it gets, there’s a profound connection between our tax-paying life and our faith life, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. “Like our faith life, our tax-paying life connects us to something larger than ourselves,” Hirschfield said.
Tragically, two infants in New York were recently infected with herpes after undergoing a circumcision ceremony which included the oral blood drawing. Of course, post-surgical infections, many far worse than those suffered by the two babies in question, occur in hospitals every day across this country, so why is this story being covered in the national media?
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Clal teaching fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer participated with Justice Martin Shulman, Honorable Sherry Klein-Heller, and Justice Deborah Kaplan (pictured below) in a program sponsored by the Jewish Lawyers Guild in cooperation with The Gender Fairness Committee of the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County.
"Whether Mark Sanford’s victory can be attributed to divine grace, I can’t say. It can however, be attributed to what might be called … American grace, which is at least as important, and something that can be appreciated whatever one thinks about God."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, writing in the Washington Post after former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won a run-off for a congressional seat despite his admitted marital infidelity.
"Passover seders certainly aren’t out of the ordinary this time of year but for Congregation B’nai Amoona, the guest list for the holiday gathering did include a few more names than usual. “This was a remarkably powerful experience, something quite unique,” said Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose, [a Clal RWB Fellow]. “They had a very traditional Conservative seder. The people were very into the ritual, very mesmerized and very participatory.” Yet many of the participants weren’t Jewish.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. The topic: Mark Sanford’s primary run-off victory brings him yet another step closer to professional redemption. His is now only one general election away from returning to elected office as a congressman from South Carolina — the job he had prior to holding, and then resigning, the state’s governorship in the wake of a messy marital affair. Sanford attributed his recent victory to God’s grace, and he was certainly at least half right..."
"...Rabbis are educated in the Torah, but it often takes another kind of learning to allow their own inner torah out. That kind of learning is what Rabbis Without Borders specializes in. Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu of Teaneck is the director of Rabbis Without Borders, a program run by Clal - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Last week, the Forward named her as one of America’s 36 most inspirational rabbis..."
"What’s the most sought-after information regarding Passover? Is it, A, where to find a great new Haggadah? B, how to keep kids engaged during the seder? C, trying to appreciate the meaning of freedom? Or maybe D, something as provocative as the debate about whether the events portrayed in the Book of Exodus are historically accurate? Actually, the answer is E, none of the above...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield offers questions and answers about Passover such as: "What is Passover all about, and is it the same as Pesach? Passover and Pesach are the same thing. One is simply English and the other is Hebrew. In either case, it is the holiday celebrating the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. Simply put, like America itself, Passover is about freedom.