"Rabbi Zachary Truboff of Beachwood, spiritual leader of Cedar Sinai Synagogue, was selected from a pool of 90 applicants competing for 22 spots for the Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) program. Now in its third year, the national program encourages rabbis to think creatively about their work and the new American religious landscape...."
"A mezuzah, no matter how small or how grand, is the essential marker of a Jewish home.
"As a poet, I am often asked to explain poetry. Webster’s defines it as ‘1. the art or works of a poet, and 2. writing in metrical verse.’ Although this may be true, it is like trying to define Torah as a book of sacred writing. Such definitions do not do justice to either poetry or Torah...." Read more...
"...These two examples of what might be termed “global Judaism” demonstrate how the next generation of Jews can learn from communities and experiences often left out of the Jewish story commonly told in America. By going global, members of the next generation have expanded their geographical, intellectual, ethical and yes, philanthropic imagination, and have begun to redefine notions of community and responsibility along the way...."
"The third key to having a happy Thanksgiving can be learned from the Pilgrims, who celebrated even though much of what they hoped to achieve had not been realized. Don’t allow your hopes that things were better get in the way of appreciating where they are already good...."
Brad Hirschfield joins At Issue host Ben Merens to talk about Thanksgiving and what it means to feel grateful.
"...That face-off between doubt and certainty is absolutely one of the biggest challenges we face when we are engaging in conversation about beliefs and values. The challenge is how we embrace stability without it lapsing into absolutism…One of my teachers, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, talks about the need to be able to be committed without being certain. The analogy that I like is to a marriage..."
"For artists and writers, their creativity is their livelihood. The ideas that sprout from their heads are what put bread on the table and rent checks and mortgage payments in the mail.
"Welcome to the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on myjewishlearning.com! Humm, Rabbis Without Borders, that sounds like Doctors Without Borders, so this must be blog about rabbis traveling around the world tending to peoples spiritual needs, right? Well, not exactly. Rabbis Without Borders are rabbis who offer Jewish wisdom, wisdom from the Jewish tradition, in ways that can be helpful to you in your life.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Will raising revenue really cost Republicans their souls? What are the ethics of evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters? Are local governments handling the protests the right way? Scientists believe there's a chance Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter, could host life. Why do we care? Do you believe that there is life "out there?"
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week. Check out the site. Topics are posted that morning. Submit questions early!