"My daily trek to work is the last place I would expect to encounter a hateful message. But anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller is determined to make that happen to me and my fellow commuters. This week, at 10 subway stations around New York, commuters will encounter ads from the virulently anti-Islam group headed by Geller, the American Freedom Defense Initiative...."
"I am a born again Jew – at least I hope to be by the conclusion of Yom Kippur this Wednesday night. Of course, when most people hear the words ‘born again,’ they assume the next word they will hear is, ‘Christian.’ While that is an entirely reasonable assumption, it misses the fact that one can be a born again Jew as well, and the promise of that possibility is central to understanding the holiest day in the Jewish calendar — Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement...."
"... ‘It’s teshuvah,’ says Steinlauf, ‘returning to the essence of Judaism to engage us in human life.’ It’s a paradigm shift — not Judaism as an object that we bend ourselves to, that is uncomfortable and inaccessible to those who are not familiar. But rather, ‘Judaism as technology, to be used by you to get you back to yourself as your truest self. ‘It’s about evolution — transforming the role the synagogue plays in life.
Rabbi Irwin Kula talks about Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and the opportunity we have to examine the the palette, texture, composition and perspective that shapes our lives. It is also a time to increase our awareness of the artist...
The Wisdom of the Holidays series was made possible by a grant from Odyssey Networks.
Produced and directed by Diva Communications.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks about the ongoing violence world wide in response to the hateful youtube video about Islam.
"The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, isn’t just for Jews. It is a Jewish celebration to be sure; one with roots going back to the Hebrew Bible, but it celebrates something fundamental to all human beings — the need for second chances...."
Rabbi Irwin Kula talks about the significance of Rosh Hashana; the Shofar calls out to each of us to wake up and attend to our lives, to make sure that we become aware of the other levels of meaning in our lives.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic: It is unclear how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks in a video from a campaign fundraiser will affect his campaign. Should comments not intended for public consumption play a role in our assessment of the candidate who made them? What about their public responses once their original comments are made public?
Brad Hirschfield joined Stuart Varney to discuss whether President Obama will lose support from Jewish voters in November.
Varney & Co., 9/14/12 From Fox Business Network
"Six things that will help you make sense of the Jewish New Year, which begins sundown on Sunday...."