Individual mandate: Triumph or tragedy for personal responsibility? March 29, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Is the portion of the President's 2010 health care law requiring basically all Americans to obtain insurance -- which the Supreme Court is considering this week -- good for Americans?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 3/28/12

LEAD Interns Learn about Leadership from Clal March 27, 2012

In the last month, Clal faculty met twice with a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The sessions, arranged by Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader, and are part of our ongoing work with LEAD.

Why the Reason Rally is unreasonable March 26, 2012

"...Frankly, I don’t care so much about where people find that sense of meaning and purpose. However, by suggesting that the rest of us who find meaning in faith makes us less than reasonable, is itself neither a fair nor reasonable suggestion, to say the least...."


By Brad Hirschfield from’s Fox Forum, Opinion, 3/24/12

Treyvon Martin and Stand Your Ground Law March 23, 2012

Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lars Larson about the Treyvon Martin shooting, the Stand Your Ground law, and federal involvement in the case.


From the Lars Larson Show syndicated by Compass Media Networks

Disruptive innovation March 23, 2012

Staggering growth in developing economies, new networking technologies, and a renewed spirit of entrepreneurialism is democratizing innovation throughout much of the world. Yet, huge global risks threaten to impede the pace of innovation.

Terror in France: What’s next for Jews and Muslims? March 23, 2012

"Jewish citizens must be reassured that this is not the beginning of an ugly new chapter for Jews in France — one in which Jewish blood is cheaper than that of other French citizens, and Muslim citizens must be reassured on two fronts: 1) That these events do not mark all Muslims either as terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, and 2) That political correctness will not get in the way of seeking out those who use Islam as cover and justification for their murderous intent...."

Janet Kirchheimer 's Work Featured on The Jewish Writing Project March 21, 2012

Poet Janet R. Kirchheimer's poem, Climbing the Ladder, was featured on The Jewish Writing Project, one of top 50 Jewish blogs on the web.

The Jewish Writing Project
, 3/19/12

Why the Seamus-on-the-roof story still dogs Mitt Romney: 4 theories March 21, 2012

“...The dog-on-the-roof tale is only half of a "problematic palindrome" for Romney: "Dog/God," says Brad Hirschfield in The Washington Post. We Americans "like to see ourselves in our candidates," and people who think Romney is somehow different feel more comfortable criticizing him for his odd pet treatment than his Mormon faith, which some Christians have bizarrely singled out as a troublingly foreign religious tradition...."

Was Trayvon Martin's death a hate crime? March 21, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Was Trayvon Martin's death a hate crime and how much of the case should focus on this?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 3/22/12

Probing Communal Views On Patrilineal Descent March 20, 2012

On March 11, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield participated in a conversation on Patrilineal Descent in a Pluralistic Community with the Academy for Jewish Religion's Executive Vice President Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, among others. The issue raises strong reaction and highlights the tensions regarding Jewish identity. The following is an oped written by Dr. Prouser, in which she addresses many of the concerns.

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