Against the forces that seek to disjoin us January 18, 2012

Being a Rabbi without Borders means looking at the rabbinate in ways not grounded in any movement. It means that we must concentrate on ideologies and actions that unite us — and fight against the forces that seek to disjoin us. It means looking at new ways and avenues to bring healing to a world. Working with the Good People Fund for the past three years, our congregation has been involved with McRoberts, Kentucky — a community in the heart of Appalachia.

Irwin Kula Brings Jewish Wisdom to the Kazakhstan Permanent Mission to the UN January 16, 2012

On Jan. 11, Rabbi Irwin Kula was invited by Kazakhstan Ambassador Erlan Idrissov to Kazakhstan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, to give remarks on “Religion as an Instrument of Peace” at an Interfaith Dinner & Dialogue. The talk was in light of an upcoming trip of religious leaders to Kazakhstan on May 30-31, 2012, which Rabbi Kula will attend.

Evangelical Christians, Mitt Romney and the real good news from South Carolina January 16, 2012

"..How will faith shape this all important primary contest? Are Evangelical Christians ready to support Mormon Mitt Romney? It seems that they are. This willingness to vote for the former Massachusetts governor speaks to an historic moment regarding faith in South Carolina, and by extension, in the nation...."

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of 'Ministerial Exception' January 13, 2012

Irwin Kula joins The Takeaway to discuss the Supreme Court's recent 9-0 ruling that churches and religious organizations are exempt from employee discrimination laws.

The Takeaway, 1/13/12
From Public Radio International

Rescued Iranians thank God for U.S. Navy January 13, 2012

"When American sailors rescued Iranian fisherman from their Somali pirate captors, they were greeted not only with relief and joy, but as those sent by God in answer to the captives prayers.‘It is like you were sent by God,’ said one of the rescued fishermen, Fazel Ur Rehman, 28,’ said, as reported by the New York Times..."

Will Mitt Romney's faith hurt him in the South Carolina primary? January 12, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: The impact of Mitt Romney's faith on the South Carolina primary.

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 1/12/12

A Spiritual Approach to Jewish Education January 11, 2012

"The public discourse about Jewish education reform has given birth to many innovative and often highly creative solutions to the Hebrew afternoon school of the twenty first century. We have been rewriting curriculum, revising textbooks, and restructuring the very foundation of synagogue learning. However, the Jewish community of educators and administrators have paid little attention to the heart and soul of good teaching: the teacher!..."

Join the Kirtan Rabbi at Limmud NY! January 10, 2012

January 13-16th (MLK Day Weekend)at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonskon, NY, join hundreds of learner-teachers at Limmud NY 2012. With the help of Shoshana Jedwab and others, The Kirtan Rabbi, also known as Reb Drew and Clal Resident, will be offering: a Liberal Kabbalat Shabbat service; meditation infused text study; Jewish Tai Chi; Kiddie Kirtan; and — of course — a full-on, rocking Hebrew Kirtan.

A Place for Gays in Orthodoxy January 9, 2012

"Not a month goes by without a young person just out of the closet — or sometimes that person’s shocked parents — contacting me in search of Orthodox leaders to respond credibly to their questions. It was this reality that was on my mind as I confronted the backlash to a same-sex commitment ceremony I performed last November. In response, 100 rabbis signed a statement censuring me.

Religious-Secular Tensions Among Jewish Community? January 9, 2012

Irwin Kula joins Lauren Green on Fox's "Spirited Debate," to discuss the recent tensions in Israel between the ultra-Orthodox extremists and secular Jews. View... LIVE, 1/6/12

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