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.

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 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.

Berkeley filmmakers take on Jewish identity, controversial issues in new documentary July 19, 2011

Between Two Worlds ,makes its West Coast premiere at the Jewish Film Festival on July 28. A panel, moderated by Michael Krasny and featuring the filmmakers, Rabbi Irwin Kula and others, follows the July 28 screening.

By Dan Pine from J Weekly


MIT Press Features Irwin Kula’s Essay on "Miral" July 19, 2011

In the Spring 2011 issue of MIT Press’ prestigious journal, OCTOBER, Rabbi Irwin Kula wrote a moving and informative piece about artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel’s Miral, a provocative new film, which has created significant tension in the American Jewish community. The film, which deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel’s early years, is told through the story of a young, orphaned Palestinian girl.

Seven Things You Should Know At Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah July 19, 2011

"Whatever you do, wherever you do it, and whatever you think about bar and bat mitzvah, here are seven things to consider in order to help make sure that the event you get is the one you really want..."


From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

Israel: Leading the World in In Vitro Fertilization July 18, 2011

"...The fact that a people which has suffered death and destruction for so many centuries should choose to invest it’s energy and money in becoming a leader in creating new life is beyond inspiring – it is a reminder of why Israel and the Jewish people exist..."

From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

Leiby Kletzky: When Prayer Is Not Enough July 15, 2011

"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. ..."

Leiby Kletzky: prayer is not enough in Brooklyn tragedy July 14, 2011

"...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...."

Debt Negotiations and Balancing the Budget July 14, 2011

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

Debt Debate: What Would Jesus Do? July 13, 2011

Brad Hirschfield joined Live to talk about Congressman Charlie Rangel and his use of religion in discussing the national debt. View... LIVE, 7/13/11

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