"Shoah, Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary about the Holocaust, dubbed into Farsi, is to be broadcast on a satellite channel in Iran as part of a campaign to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims and to fight Holocaust denial..."
"Today’s 8-1 Supreme Court ruling defends free speech, not Westboro Baptist Church, its ideology or even its right to continue protesting at the funerals of fallen military personnel...."
"130,681 survivors will receive 401 million dollars from a restitution fund for slave laborers. Six decades [after the war], most are no longer around to collect.
—Clyde Haberman, New York Times, August 3, 2004.
This is about money.
But not exactly..."
Clal’s Rabbis Without Border’s (RWB) recently held its first annual alumni retreat at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Baltimore, MD. The event brought together almost the full cohort of rabbis from last year’s inaugural RWB fellowship program, for a few days of learning, networking, discussion, text study, and exchange of ideas in a supportive and creative environment.
"For Holbrooke…‘Time For a New God’ was as much about presenting a subject as it was about engaging in his own quest. ‘I come at religion with a lot of skepticism,’ Holbrooke, who was raised with ‘no religion at all,’ said from Telluride. ‘And here was a guy who could talk about religion in a way that made sense to me. It allowed me to bring my skepticism to the subject..."
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.