"Because memories need to be created, the issue is how we choose to acknowledge the debt we owe to those who have helped to make the lives we enjoy possible. That also means that those who enjoy more of the American Dream have a greater obligation to acknowledge that which we enjoy..."
Political analyst Alan Colmes, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley and National Jewish Center for Learning & Leadership’s Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on the 2012 presidential race and the debate over Medicare reform.
Lou Dobbs and Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talk about the President’s peace plan for the Middle East.
In the lede on 5/26/11: "What will ‘Jewish’ look like as today’s new media evolves into tomorrow’s new media? Learners are increasingly Gamers, Designers, and Builders (Tinkerers). New media landscapes allow learners to develop and hone their affinities, teach themselves, and mentor their virtual peers. They collaborate in problem solving online and offline, and their design skills are increasingly important.
"Everyone is responding to President Obama’s remarks on the Middle East, to PM Netanyahu’s response, both to the President and to the world. Seems to me that it has become a giant Rorschach test in which people see what they already believe & not a process likely to bring any positive change. Personally, I think that the President was largely on target and that Netanyahu missed a real opportunity, even if some of his objections are fair.
Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership named Debra Tuchman as chairman, succeeding Larry Gellman.
"...The assumption was that settling down to lives of farming, people built cities, created art and made up organized religions to suit the new needs they faced in the transition from hunter-gathers to farmers. Or not..."
Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lars Larson about President Obama’s comments on Israel, the Palestinians, and bringing peace to the Middle East.
"Okay, to be fair, that is a somewhat hyperbolic question, and one which nobody can claim to have proof or even scientific evidence for. Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It simply means that the endless debates about that question being answerable through science are really a waste of time. Not a waste of time however, is new evidence that the yearning to connect with God or gods may very well have created civilization as we know it..."
"The attempt to make circumcision illegal, including those performed for religious reasons, is spreading beyond San Francisco, which aimed last week to become the first American municipality to ban the practice...[ and it] represent[s] an increasing trend away from the practice, or at least away from the presumption of its necessity..."