Rabbi Brad Hirschfield joins The Takeaway to look at Pope Benedict’s new book which reiterates that the Jews are not collectively guilty for the death of Jesus Christ. But why was a reiteration needed? What does this say about Jewish-Catholic relations?
"The JCC of San Francisco's Rabbi Eva Ben-Ora is among 22 participants nationwide in Rabbis Without Borders..."
"...Haitians resonated to [my] Biblical teachings about the infinite value of human life, God’s commandment to lift up the downtrodden and the belief that in working on behalf of the poor, people of faith become agents for God’s love in the world. The Jews [who were doing service in Haiti] came to see the value of sacred Jewish texts not for how it would deepen their Jewish identity but for the way it could serve as a bridge to deepen their relationship with those they wanted to help...."
"...the three stories all speak to a variety of fears and insecurities among Jews which are paralleled by a variety of unresolved resentments which are still apparently held by many influential non–Jews...."
Brad Hirschfield was recently invited back to Syracuse University to give a series of lectures in several venues. The first, initiated by Prof. Gustav Niebuhr for his students and other participants, addressed the religious perspectives on stem cell research. Mr. Niebuhr is the Director of the Religion and Media Program, and former columnist for the New York Times. As part of his course requirement, students are asked to find the connection between faith and critical issues in world.
"French Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim has suggested that the past forty years of unprecedented Jewish-Catholic dialogue could be undermined if it did not progress to a next level of maturity. Speaking at a gathering in Paris, France, Rabbi Bernheim was bold, brave and wise..."
"I'm going to talk about what it means to create a shared destiny based on shared values and the understanding that values are always deeper than what some people on the outside may see," he said. "It's perfectly OK, in fact it's great for us to look very different from each other and even sound very different from each other because the values that we share demand expression in many shapes and forms and many tastes and flavors."
"If arguments were like swings at a baseball game, Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, would be called 'out' on strikes for his recent comments about Islam..."
"The Simon Wiesenthal Center has released its list of 2010's "Top 10 Anti-Semitic Slurs". Aside from wondering whether it should be called a "top 10" or a "bottom 10" list, I find the list, or really the spin used by those who published it, to be disturbing..."
Brad Hirschfield and Dennis Miller discuss the Mo Hassan trial and Honor Killings.
The Dennis Miller Show, 2/10/11