Is God angry at the GOP? At New Orleans? August 28, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for August 28th: Why do people invoke God’s hand? Is it me, or is it almost done, especially in political settings, as justification and opportunity to critique others, as opposed to an opportunity to learn about ourselves and the positions we hold dear? Are you bothered by God-talk in general when related to these events, or simply by how foolishly such conversation too often proceeds?

God should not be used as an 'excuse’ August 28, 2012

"Is God angry at either the GOP or New Orleans and the rest of the northern Gulf coast? How about liberal-leaning pundits who suggest that the weather in Tampa is a sign from God? Why don’t they make similar jokes about New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf coast?..."

Should Todd Akin be forgiven? August 22, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for Wednesday, August 22rd at 11:00 a.m: Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said Tuesday that he was not exiting the Senate race even as he is losing support from party leaders including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who called on him to drop out. The embattled Senate candidate asked voters to forgive him for the comments about rape and abortion. Does he deserve to be forgiven? If forgiven, should he remain in the race as he argues he should?

Forgiving Todd Akin August 21, 2012

"Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has vowed to stay in his race for the Senate despite calls from leaders in every wing of his party that he abandon the campaign, and despite comments from presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who found Akin’s ideas about ‘legitimate rape’ and the ‘fact’ that ‘forcibly raped’ women are biologically protected from getting pregnant, to be indefensible. The basis for Akin’s claim that he should remain in the race? Forgiveness.

Orthodox Gays Need Allies, Not Just Compassion August 16, 2012

"A few months ago, a young Orthodox rabbi decided to “come out of the closet,” in a sense, when he publicly identified himself as an “LGBT ally,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice group, and a director of the UCLA Hillel, explained that he felt he had been quiet for too long and wanted to say what he felt was the truth..."

What Harry Reid and Mitt Romney could learn from Exodus 23:7 August 12, 2012

" seems that both Romney and Reid could take a lesson from Exodus 23:7, which mandates that people ‘distance themselves from falsehood.’..."


From Brad Hirschfield’s blog in the Washington Post’s "On Faith" Column — For God’s Sake

Klezmer Company Orchestra and Rabbi Irwin Kula Presents ‘An American Jewish New Year: Jazz Wisdom Spirit’ August 8, 2012

Music director Aaron Kula and his acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), and Irwin Kula, one of America’s "most influential rabbis" will present the second annual "American Jewish New Year: Jazz Wisdom Spirit" a celebration in music and wisdom of renewal, second chances, and human flourishing on September 9, at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL.

Brad Hirschfield: The ethics of innuendo August 8, 2012

Citing an anonymous source, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did not pay any taxes for 10 years. Do Reid's comments flirt with McCarthy-like politics by accusation? Isn't this exactly what "birthers" did to President Obama?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 8/8/12

Harry Reid and the politics of winning at any cost August 7, 2012

"I don’t know the person’s name, but I think I know who told Harry Reid that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. I think it was the same person who spread equally unsubstantiated rumors about President Obama’s birth certificate. And why not? It’s all the same baseless tale-bearing that degrades politics and breeds the mistrust which is making good governance increasingly impossible..."

Chicken with a side of controversy August 2, 2012

"Across the country Wednesday, thousands of people flocked to Chick-fil-A to eat a sandwich and make a statement. In listening to, and reading accounts of, these people who crossed the road to eat a chicken, one learns that they were making many statements. They were eating in support of the restaurant, its CEO, his views on family and marriage, and the legitimacy of speaking one’s faith, even if it is unpopular with some, as long as one lives within the law..."

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