Rock and Roll June 19, 2012

"It was 1984 when Dee Snider first asked me what I wanted to do with my life. The answer was then, and still is, ‘I want to ROCK!’ Given a rather conventional and full life as a congregational rabbi with two amazing children and a partner who is an OB/GYN resident, the truth is I don’t really get to rock on a daily basis—even though I need it man, oh how I need it!..."

Brad Hirschfield contributes to Text Messages June 19, 2012

The struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for useful and relevant answers is everyone’s work, but for teens and young adults it may be particularly daunting. Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens, Edited by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, provides text-message length essays based on the Torah portion of the week that contain a method of making Torah meaningful, of relating to and perhaps owning the wisdom it contains.

We Can Do It June 18, 2012

"Hope is a Jewish value. The Psalmist says ‘Hope in Adonai and be strong.’ The national anthem of Israel is Hatikva — the Hope. Yet, in the Jewish community today I hear more complaining and lamenting than I hear expressions of hope. This past week I spent a day with a group of women Jewish non-profit professionals. We gathered under the auspices of Advancing Jewish Women and the Jewish Community.

Brad Hirschfield: Should the KKK be able to adopt a highway? June 13, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for today: What to do with KKK Clean Up Crew? Or is that Klean Up Krews?Is the notion itself a bunch of garbage, or is this exactly the way that organizations clean up not only their community, but their deservedly terrible reputation?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 6/13/12

Brad Hirschfield: Ethics and Intervening in Syria June 8, 2012

Join Brad Hirschfield Thursday at 1 p.m. ET as he discusses ethics in the news. On topic for today: Should the United States intervene in Syria or not? As violence increases, should the U.S. step? How do you decide? And even if the U.S. does have a responsibility to get involved, can we really do so?

Will religion be a key factor in the election? June 5, 2012

Lauren Green hosts Rabbi Irwin Kula and Father Jonathan Morris as they discuss the importance of a candidate’s faith. View... LIVE, 6/1/12

Is NYC's proposed ban on large, sugary drinks ethical? June 1, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Is NYC’s proposed ban on large, sugary drinks ethical?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 5/31/12

Is God through with John Edwards? June 1, 2012

"...Was this really the moment to invoke God's plan? Was this just one more moment in which Mr. Edwards expressed his seemingly endless arrogance and self-absorption?


By Brad Hirschfield from’s Fox Forum, Opinion

Should the US intervene in Syria? May 31, 2012

"The question of US intervention in Syria became more urgent over the weekend in light of the apparently execution style murders of more than 100 people, as many as 40 of them children. How could it be otherwise, especially after one has seen the images of the tiny bodies wrapped for burial or worse, the images of those same bodies absent the wrappings, in all of their graphic clarity?..."

What Believers and Atheists Can Learn From Each Other (co-written with Sam McNerney) May 30, 2012

"It’s inherently challenging for believers and atheists to have productive conversations. Discussing topics such as belief and nonbelief, the potential irrationality of religion, or the limits of scientific knowledge is difficult since each side often ends up more firmly entrenched in their own worldview.
But one bright person interested in broadening the conversation is Sam McNerney, a science writer who focuses on cognitive science and an atheist interested in religion from a psychological point of view...."

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