"The Kaddish is written in the future tense, perhaps precisely because in the midst of loss, we acknowledge that the sacred has been diminished – that God’s name is not as great as it was before the loss we have suffered. But, it is also in the future tense because we believe that through the words we say and the actions that we take, we can restore that sense of greatness...
To clean up, to mend what is ripped, is a deeply religious impulse -- at least for Jews of pretty much every spiritual stripe. ..."
"...The need to make a material difference, to clean up a mess when your whole world feels dirty – this too, is a holy need. Picking up dirty napkins, in this context at least, is a sacred act. Perhaps in its own way, it is also another form of prayer, one in which, as in the Kaddish (memorial prayer for the dead), we attempt to argue order and goodness back into the world...."
Brad Hirschfield joined Lou Dobbs and A-Team guests Ellis Henican and Liz Trotta to discuss the Democrat and Republican dance around balancing the budget. Footage not available. From Fox Business, Lou Dobbs Tonight, July 13, 2011
Brad Hirschfield joined Foxnews.com Live to talk about Congressman Charlie Rangel and his use of religion in discussing the national debt. View...
FoxNews.com LIVE, 7/13/11
On June 25, Rabbi Irwin has been invited to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to introduce and frame the riveting new documentary, Precious Life, by Israeli journalist Shlomi Elder. The film looks at hospitals, one of the few remaining links between Israelis and Palestinians. Following a lead to a desperate Palestinian family trying to save their immune-deficient baby, the film offers a complex story through a hopeful, humanist lens.
"...The article was filed from Troyes, France — the city where Rashi, perhaps the most widely read biblical commentator lived, and where he also produced wine along with wisdom. For me, this was captivating stuff."
Sunset Kirtan at the IRIS Gardens, (238-1 Towpath Rd., Accord, NY) Sat., July 16. All chi’d up after a full-day workshop with Tai Chi master teacher Rick Barrett, greet the sunset by chanting with the Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn. Featuring Akiva ("The Believer") Wharton on percussion. Join for the whole day, 10 am-4:30 pm, or just for Kirtan, 6:30-8:30 pm. No previous experience with tai chi or chant necessary. For more information, go to kirtanrabbi.com
"New York Congressman Charlie Rangel can’t decide which religious teachers to invoke, and he keeps waffling about whether he actually knows what they would say, but it’s pretty clear to him that whatever the faith, they would be totally opposed to any politics other than Mr. Rangel’s. That’s a pretty arrogant claim, especially for someone who refuses to be pinned down about the specific response he believes would be offered..."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Debt/deficit negotiations, and the scandal at News International and the public's role.
"Rabbi Irwin Kula...has said of ‘Miral,’...that what’s missing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a ‘lack of empathy on both sides.’ Miral ‘is fundamentally a meditation on empathy.’ That only begs the question: In recent years, how many films have been made — anywhere — with empathy for, say, West Bank settlers?