When politics goes apocalyptic July 28, 2011

"National politics is taking a turn toward the apocalyptic. You know the apocalypse, from the Greek for ‘lifting the veil,’ it is the terminology for the radically altered realty generally associated with the end of the world as described in various religious traditions...."

Amy Winehouse, Stalled debt talks, Obama on jobs and more: Brad Hirschfield's ethical take on the news July 27, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: The Amy Winehouse tragedy and the debt ceiling fight.

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 7/26/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week.

Debt-ceiling drama: have politics gone apocalyptic? By Jodi Westrick from WashingtonPost.com

The horrible murder of Leiby Kletzky July 22, 2011

Aaron Imholte speaks with Brad Hirschfield about how the Leiby Kletzky murder tragedy affects people everywhere, and about the feelings of helplessness and fear that are generated.

Gay And Orthodox, According To Jon Marans July 21, 2011

"...Gay Jews who are not comfortable within Modern Orthodoxy, the rabbi [Steven Greenberg] noted, can paradoxically find a warmer welcome within ultra-Orthodoxy — or, at least, Chabad. ‘My partner and I are honored with no problem with an aliyah at a Chabad service,’ he said. ‘They call me to the Torah as HaRav Greenberg — Rabbi Greenberg. They know that the most important thing is to offer people, whatever their sexuality, a connection to God.’...."

Rupert Murdoch scandal, Episcopal church on gay marriage and the debt ceiling: Brad Hirschfield's ethical take on the news July 20, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Rupert Murdoch scandal, Episcopal church on gay marriage and the debt ceiling.

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 7/19/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week.

Talk Out Held For A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE July 19, 2011

"A Strange and Separate People" by Jon Marans is presented by Stacy Shane, the original producer of Marans' critically acclaimed, award-winning play, The Temperamentals. There will be a special Talk Out on Wednesday, July 27th following the performance led by Rabbi Steven Greenberg - ESHEL speaks out - Religious gay and lesbian Jews talk of their conflicts of embracing their sexuality while continuing to remain active members of the Orthodox community.

Berkeley filmmakers take on Jewish identity, controversial issues in new documentary July 19, 2011

Between Two Worlds ,makes its West Coast premiere at the Jewish Film Festival on July 28. A panel, moderated by Michael Krasny and featuring the filmmakers, Rabbi Irwin Kula and others, follows the July 28 screening.

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By Dan Pine from J Weekly

7/14/11

MIT Press Features Irwin Kula’s Essay on "Miral" July 19, 2011

In the Spring 2011 issue of MIT Press’ prestigious journal, OCTOBER, Rabbi Irwin Kula wrote a moving and informative piece about artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel’s Miral, a provocative new film, which has created significant tension in the American Jewish community. The film, which deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel’s early years, is told through the story of a young, orphaned Palestinian girl.

Seven Things You Should Know At Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah July 19, 2011

"Whatever you do, wherever you do it, and whatever you think about bar and bat mitzvah, here are seven things to consider in order to help make sure that the event you get is the one you really want..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

Israel: Leading the World in In Vitro Fertilization July 18, 2011

"...The fact that a people which has suffered death and destruction for so many centuries should choose to invest it’s energy and money in becoming a leader in creating new life is beyond inspiring – it is a reminder of why Israel and the Jewish people exist..."

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From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

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