Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream: Israel and Egypt February 14, 2011

"Just imagine if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a press conference tomorrow and said something like this. Watching the eruption of the yearning for democracy in the streets of Egypt that crosses all walks of life — age, class, gender, education, political orientation, and religion — we Israelis are both awed and frightened...." More...

Valentine's Day: Celebrating The Insecurity of Love February 14, 2011

"On Valentine’s Day we often hear talk about having found our soulmate. But, contrary to popular culture, we don’t find our soulmate — we co–create our soulmate. Soulmate is a verb hiding out as a noun..." More...

From Irwin Kula’s blog on The Huffington Post,
2/14/11

Hassan Convicted in Suspected Honor Killing Case February 14, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield joins Fox News for a look at truths and lies about honor killings.

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Fox News Strategy Room "God Talk"

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Hassan Convicted in Suspected Honor Killing Case February 14, 2011

"...Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, explaining that he worked together with Hassan for several years on a show he created and hosted for Bridges TV, offers the following assessment of the role of Islam in Hassan’s motivations for murdering his wife: ‘Simply saying this has nothing to do with Islam and/or religion, as too many religious leaders have done, is not acceptable. It is only when practitioners take responsibility for the religious elements or underpinnings of those actions they abhor that they can help keep such abuses from happening.’..."

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Forum models civility while addressing divisive issues February 14, 2011

"The second of three programs initiated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey to model communal unity was held Jan. 30 at the Bergen County YJCC in Washington Township. Questions drafted by moderator Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, a Teaneck resident who is a faculty member of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, had been distributed to the panelists in advance...."

National Jewish Coming Out Day February 14, 2011

"The time has come for a National Jewish Coming Out Day. The fast of Esther may seem a bit austere for such a commemoration, but actually it possesses a potent acknowledgment of the fears and the dangers of those in the closet and holds a place for the confusion and disruption that the coming out of a loved one can have for family and friends....."

The Trial of Mo Hassan February 11, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lars Larson about the conviction of Mo Hasssan in the murder of his wife Aasiya Zubair, a friend of Rabbi Hirschfield’s.

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From the Lars Larson Show syndicated by Compass Media Networks,
2/9/11

Gay Orthodox Shabbaton Was Like ‘Heaven’ February 10, 2011

"The Shabbaton was organized by Eshel, a collaborative program established by individuals and organizations involved in the Orthodox gay Jewish world…Rabbi Steven Greenberg, director of Orthodox programming for Neherim and a member of the seven-person steering commission of Eshel, describes the Shabbaton as an ‘unmitigated success of the Orthodox gay community.’..."

Rabbi Irwin Kula on the Reality of Interfaith Harmony February 10, 2011

Let’s not pretend our differences aren’t challenging, says Rabbi Irwin Kula. Interfaith harmony really means learning how to handle the ambivalence, the anger, the messiness, the complexity, the anxiety and the turbulence that is part of what it means to be human beings together on the planet. View video here...

Americans want their president to be 'one of us' February 9, 2011

"...People want many things from president, and agreement on the issues is not all they want...Among those things is the sense that the president is simultaneously ‘one of us’ and also a representation of what we want to be...."
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