A ‘Satan Sandwich’ with ‘Satan Fries’ on the side August 3, 2011

"...In the midst of endless backbiting and both sides’ extremists accusing those across the aisle of destroying our economy and leading our nation to ruin, do we really need religious language which links those we oppose to the personification of evil?..."

Are we addicted to crisis?: Brad Hirschfield's ethical take on the news August 2, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Are we addicted to crisis?

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 8/2/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week.

LEAD at Clal July 29, 2011

In July, Clal was visited by a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a leadership program through FEGS, which brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. Arranged by Clal Teaching Fellow Janet R. Kirchheimer, who teaches in the FEGS program, the site visit offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader and meet CLAL faculty and staff.

Why It Matters Where You Pray July 29, 2011

"Where, if as 90 percent of Americans do, do you pray? Is prayer restricted to specific sacred locations, or can one pray anywhere? Could it be that anywhere one prays becomes a sacred space by virtue of having offered a prayer in that space?..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

When politics goes apocalyptic July 28, 2011

"National politics is taking a turn toward the apocalyptic. You know the apocalypse, from the Greek for ‘lifting the veil,’ it is the terminology for the radically altered realty generally associated with the end of the world as described in various religious traditions...."

Amy Winehouse, Stalled debt talks, Obama on jobs and more: Brad Hirschfield's ethical take on the news July 27, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: The Amy Winehouse tragedy and the debt ceiling fight.

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 7/26/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week.

Debt-ceiling drama: have politics gone apocalyptic? By Jodi Westrick from WashingtonPost.com

The horrible murder of Leiby Kletzky July 22, 2011

Aaron Imholte speaks with Brad Hirschfield about how the Leiby Kletzky murder tragedy affects people everywhere, and about the feelings of helplessness and fear that are generated.

Gay And Orthodox, According To Jon Marans July 21, 2011

"...Gay Jews who are not comfortable within Modern Orthodoxy, the rabbi [Steven Greenberg] noted, can paradoxically find a warmer welcome within ultra-Orthodoxy — or, at least, Chabad. ‘My partner and I are honored with no problem with an aliyah at a Chabad service,’ he said. ‘They call me to the Torah as HaRav Greenberg — Rabbi Greenberg. They know that the most important thing is to offer people, whatever their sexuality, a connection to God.’...."

Rupert Murdoch scandal, Episcopal church on gay marriage and the debt ceiling: Brad Hirschfield's ethical take on the news July 20, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Rupert Murdoch scandal, Episcopal church on gay marriage and the debt ceiling.

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From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 7/19/11

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s Live Q & A Conversations are on Washingtonpost.com on Tuesdays at 12:30 Noon each week.

Talk Out Held For A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE July 19, 2011

"A Strange and Separate People" by Jon Marans is presented by Stacy Shane, the original producer of Marans' critically acclaimed, award-winning play, The Temperamentals. There will be a special Talk Out on Wednesday, July 27th following the performance led by Rabbi Steven Greenberg - ESHEL speaks out - Religious gay and lesbian Jews talk of their conflicts of embracing their sexuality while continuing to remain active members of the Orthodox community.

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