In religion, 'everything is happening at once' December 21, 2011

"So what’s happening in American life? A decentralization of religious teaching and practice, with many people picking and choosing what they’ll believe and do -- sometimes from various traditions. Or, in Kula's vivid metaphor: "From the cathedral to the bazaar."."


From James D. Davis,the Florida Sun Sentinel

The 411 on Hanukkah and Why It Matters for Jews and for America December 21, 2011

"...Perhaps the enduring miracle which Hanukkah celebrates is that there is always more light than we first imagine and that the fuel to create it is really there when look we hard enough and dare to trust its power. Here’s where Hanukkah and Christmas, for all their difference, have a great deal in common...."

Brad Hirschfield on Mourning the Death of Committed Atheist, Christopher Hitchens December 19, 2011

"Hitchens often did to religion what much of religion has done, and too often still does, to atheism or any other form of what it deems to be non-religious – compare the best of one tradition to the worst of another which is hardly a fair comparison. But in doing so, Hitchens raised many important questions about fanaticism, ethno-centrism, and the real abuses which faith fuels...."

Tsvi Blanchard Named Scholar-In-Residence at Fordham's Institute for Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work December 19, 2011

In recognition of his notable national and international work on Jewish law, Clal Director Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Ph.D., was named Scholar-in-Residence at Fordham University’s Institute for Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work. The position is ongoing, and will include participating on special projects, teaching a Talmud seminar, and appearing at worldwide conferences. This is the first time such a position has been named. Since 2007, Rabbi Blanchard has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s School of Law.

Interfaith Celebrations: Good or Bad Idea? December 19, 2011

Irwin Kula joins Lauren Green on Fox's "Spirited Debate," to look at how interfaith families approach the holidays, blending traditions in new ways. View... LIVE, 12/16/11

When does Hanukkah begin? December 19, 2011

"Rabbi Brad Hirschfield answers your questions about the festival of lights..."


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

Hanukkah: A Higher Holiday with Dr. David Kraemer December 16, 2011

On Wednesday, December 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m., David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and long-time Senior Clal Fellow, will lecture in the The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Celebrate a masterwork of Hebrew manuscript illumination with a resplendent image of a golden menorah and discover the vital importance of Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition.

Hanukkah 5772 December 14, 2011

Why are these candles different from all other candles?

The answer — when it comes to Hanukkah, could change your life.

Download the Hanukkah Card as a .pdf file

Standing in the glow of the Hanukkah candles, we are invited to see ourselves, each other, and the world in a different light. That’s one of the gifts of Hanukkah we can all give ourselves and those we love — it’s a gift almost as old as the holiday itself, and it really works!

Beit Midrash for All – A Place for Everyone and Anyone to Study Jewish texts December 14, 2011

What happens when 20 students, from many faiths and no faith, commit to go deep together into a careful study of ancient Jewish text? What happens when strong listening is valued at least as much as talking, and when the pace of conversation is slowed down enough to digest what each person has said? In my experience, now in year 3, what happens is this: a wisdom community emerges, a place where people are vulnerable and honest in exploring profound issues in their lives.

Is marriage becoming obsolete? December 14, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Is marriage passe? What is the state of marriage in the U.S.?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 12/14/11

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