Brad Hirschfield was recently invited back to Syracuse University to give a series of lectures in several venues. The first, initiated by Prof. Gustav Niebuhr for his students and other participants, addressed the religious perspectives on stem cell research. Mr. Niebuhr is the Director of the Religion and Media Program, and former columnist for the New York Times. As part of his course requirement, students are asked to find the connection between faith and critical issues in world.
"French Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim has suggested that the past forty years of unprecedented Jewish-Catholic dialogue could be undermined if it did not progress to a next level of maturity. Speaking at a gathering in Paris, France, Rabbi Bernheim was bold, brave and wise..."
"I'm going to talk about what it means to create a shared destiny based on shared values and the understanding that values are always deeper than what some people on the outside may see," he said. "It's perfectly OK, in fact it's great for us to look very different from each other and even sound very different from each other because the values that we share demand expression in many shapes and forms and many tastes and flavors."
"If arguments were like swings at a baseball game, Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, would be called 'out' on strikes for his recent comments about Islam..."
"The Simon Wiesenthal Center has released its list of 2010's "Top 10 Anti-Semitic Slurs". Aside from wondering whether it should be called a "top 10" or a "bottom 10" list, I find the list, or really the spin used by those who published it, to be disturbing..."
Brad Hirschfield and Dennis Miller discuss the Mo Hassan trial and Honor Killings.
The Dennis Miller Show, 2/10/11
"...our goal shouldn’t be getting rid of religion — it should be about moving beyond the ‘Santa Claus’ view of God to create a more sophisticated theology, and using religion to improve our world, rather than harm it...." More...
From Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitleman’s blog on The Huffington Post, 2/14/11
Rabbi Mitleman is a Rabbis Without Border Fellow.
According to Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, " Love, in Jewish tradition, is mostly a verb — doing those things which help those we say we love, to feel, know and say that they are in fact, loved by us." More...
By Elizabeth Tenety from the "Under God" section of the Washington Post-Newsweek’s "On Faith" Column, 2/14/11
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s response to the question of—if conservative Christians and Mormons share a political agenda, why do suspicions still plague Mormon politicians is that we should "keep the focus on candidates’ capabilities, not their faith."...
"...Sharansky, in speaking about the historic moment in which we live raises the point that "maybe this is the moment to put our trust in freedom". Powerful words indeed -- especially in the context of any religious community, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or otherwise..."