"Who is included in your spiritual or ideological family? Who are your "brothers and sisters"? What is your relationship to those who are not?..."
Excerpts quoted in The Toronto Star, 1/21/11
"Who is included in your spiritual family? Who are your brothers and sisters? What is your relationship to those who are not? Events this week in Alabama evoke all these questions...."
"The redemptive/messianic expectations of any community shape their present realities and behaviors profoundly. In fact, if you show me those expectations, I can almost always tell you how that community is likely to behave, at least if they have to power and opportunity to do so...."
Rabbi Irwin Kula speaks with Aaron Imholte about how we can act in the face of the violence in Tucson.
Rabbi Irwin Kula appeared on FOX NEWS Strategy Room — "God Talk" where he spoke about the Tucson tragedy and "Can the Middle East Christians Survive?" View second part of discussion...
From FoxNews’s Strategy Room "God Talk" show with Lauren Green, 1/14/11
The mass shooting in Arizona has prompted national soul searching, with many Americans trying to make sense of the tragedy and what might have contributed to it. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about the need for self-reflection in coming to terms with the tragedy.
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Tell Me More, NPR, 1/14/11
"...The debate over ‘Who is a Jew’ is back in the headlines following the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. For Giffords, the daughter of a Christian Scientist mother and a Jewish father who is the grandson of a rabbi, there is no question of her Jewishness. She is a proud Jew who is an active member of her Reform congregation...."
Dr. Mike Newcomb speaks with Irwin Kula about the national tragedy and while we want to make sense of it, it is important to keep in mind how we can act to make things better rather than blame the divisive rhetoric on the right and the left.
Nationally syndicated — The Mike Newcomb Show, KPHX, Phoenix, AZ, 1/13/11
"What secular liberal people tend to do is blame…social or economic issues like the lack of mental health treatment or gun laws.... never mentioning personal responsibility. But ‘conservatives’…focus on personal responsibility and culpability, as a form of our fundamental sinful nature. These are two different takes on what it means to be human…But in reality, ‘they belong together.’"
Rabbi Irwin Kula was interviewed on OWN, Oprah‘s new network show called "Miracle Detectives," on 1/12/11. Rabbi Kula was asked about God’s intervention in human affairs to which he responded that he feels a miraculous presence in the heroism of the firefighters, who made a moral choice to do their duty to help someone in the face of almost certain death. More...