Mormonism on the rise in US May 15, 2012

Rabbi Irwin Kula joins Fox News LIVE’s Lauren Green along with Warren Smith from and Merry Miller to discuss why one faith is seeing growth.

Fox Live, 5/11/12

Obama on gay marriage: Why now? May 11, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: With the country almost equally divided about gay marriage — 46% favoring it and 44% opposing it — it’s a topic which always gets a great deal of attention. When the President of the United States changes his position on this very sensitive topic, it’s a big deal.

Mother’s Day: Is It Jewish? May 9, 2012

"How could it not be? That doesn’t mean that it’s also not Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Pagan, Buddhist, etc. It’s not a zero sum thing, as it rarely is in these things. But that is for another time...."


By Brad Hirschfield in the Jewish Ledger, Connecticut Edition

Missing Maurice Sendak May 8, 2012

"...Maurice Sendak appreciated that life was good -- mostly, but not always. He knew that life was about joy, but not always joyous. Maurice Sendak knew that life was beautiful, but could also be quite ugly..."


From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

Inclusion and Welcoming Criteria for Orthodox Synagogues May 8, 2012

On Welcoming Orthodox Synagogues
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to speak to young gay and lesbian people. I often ask them to dream with me about their futures. What sort of Jewish lives were sufficiently possible to hope for or to make happen? What did they need in order to make a traditional Jewish life possible for themselves?

Op-Ed: Ordaining cantors is mostly good for congregations May 7, 2012

"Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in New
York. The key word here is ‘ordained’..."

By Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, an RWB Fellow, from the JTA, 5/7/12

'Prior Claims' by Janet R. Kirchheimer May 3, 2012

Sometimes I want to be a southern girl,
to speak with vowels slow as honey,
to have legs long and lean,
to wear Wrangler boot cut jeans...." More...
By Janet R. Kirchheimer from Midstream Magazine, Spring 2012

What Is ‘Disruptive Innovation’ and Is it a Path to Political De-Polarization? May 3, 2012

"...[Craig] Hatkoff and Rabbi [Irwin] Kula argue that the key to forging greater understanding of one’s ideological opposite is through engendering a sense of sympathy for one another...Through new media platforms, it is possible, according to both Hatkoff and Kula, for people — be they subject matter experts or cultural icons — to share powerful, transformative narratives that effectively diffuse much of the polarization occurring in the nation today.

"Illusion of Influence" May 3, 2012

Leviticus: Tazria/Metzora — (5772)— "As many of us look to gain meaning from Jewish rituals and observances, perhaps there is no time more exciting or more innovative than the present.

Did Dan Savage bully Christians? April 30, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Dan Savage recently spoke at a high school journalism conference on bullying, but the students may have gotten more than they bargained for when his speech turned to his critique of the Bible.

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 4/30/12

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