Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks with Chuck Morse about the the need to better address the problem of religious violence in light of the murder of Ambassador Stevens and two others in Libya, and violent reactions, possibly related to the anti-Islam film, in Egypt, Yemen and Iran.
"...What I found then, and see unfolding today in the wake of the attack in Libya, is a verbal war between those who think that religion, or Islam in particular, is the problem, and those who insist that there is no problem of violence in Islam or religion in general. Essentially, we have reductionist haters lining up against dangerous apologists.
"‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ author reminds us to live life and worry less about keeping time. I have a feeling that author Mitch Albom timed the release of his new book, ‘The Timekeeper,’ to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days. This work of fiction forces us to consider the meaning of time and why it is not good for humans to try to control it.
"Who doesn’t need a second chance? Each of us has something we wish we could do over, start fresh or finish differently. Don’t you? Well, Rosh HaShanah is your opportunity. At its core, Rosh HaShanah promises us that we can transcend the past and get that second chance that each of us needs in at least some part of our lives..."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for September 12th: Some insist there is no problem with religion, or that religious terror does not exist. Others insist that religion is the problem or that one tradition — Islam — is inherently dangerous and violent. Neither the apologists nor the haters are right, nor will they make the world any safer. What causes religious violence and how should we address it?
Michael Stock interviews Irwin Kula in anticipation of the September 9th American Jewish New Year performance. Rabbi Kula speaks about religion in 21st century north America and asks the question: Does your religion help you flourish in your life?
"Rabbi Owen Gottlieb believes that the future of Jewish education is in games — both video and analog, like card and board games. Gottlieb, 38, is a doctoral candidate in education and Jewish studies at New York University and is the director and founder of ConverJent, which designs and develops games for Jewish learning and is incubated at Clal...When asked about the video games he’d like to see, he said: ‘I hope to spread the practice of hevruta, the study of sacred text in pairs,
You deserve a second chance, even if it's your hundredth one.
This Rosh Hashanah give yourself that next second chance, and perhaps even offer one to others in your life.
"When you’re celebrating a new year, whether that’s a secular year or a spiritual year, you have to look back a little bit and try to ask, ‘What is it that we need most right now in order to make the best of the year to come?’ I think there are two themes I think I’ll be weaving through. One is that there is a lot of pain in this society. And we need more compassion. And we need more hope. And we need more experiences of joy that we share with each other. So I’m going to be nurturing compassion and hope on one side.
"What do you get when you have the grandson of a great Ashkenazi traditional cantor mentored by subway-playing Carolina Slim, a South Carolina Piedmont Blues guitarist and singer known for rich harmonies and polyrhythmic, fingerpicking guitar patterns, accompanied by a rabbi-in-residence? You get Jeremiah Lockwood and Rabbi Dan Ain conducting this season’s High Holiday services at the 92YTribeca, 92Y’s Downtown arts and culture venue at 200 Hudson St....quot;