Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. The trial is underway for a 10-year-old California boy accused of shooting his neo-Nazi father to death.Is the type of household in which he was raised defense against the charges? Is this the ultimate dodge, or a reminder of the power of parenting?
"‘When we both hold and question our truths we become lifelong learners rather than absolute knowers...Not seduced by certainty, we can be open to the truth.’—Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, by Irwin Kula.
Okay, it’s almost election time, folks. The debates are concluded. Undecideds are deciding. Early birds are mailing in their ballots. Now is an excellent time to evaluate the health of your own open-mindedness. Do you really believe the other candidate is a dishonest liar? Is he a craven, self-interested captive of special interests? Do you think the other party (the one you’re voting against) has absolutely no leg to stand on, and might even damage the country?
In the e-social era we can easily choose to associate solely with those who agree with us. If we want reinforcement for our point of view, it’s ours with a mouse click. Want ammunition to disparage the other side? One or two key-word searches should do it. No matter how strong your opinion is, however, Rabbi Kula’s words of wisdom are still wise. Life is messy. No one has a monopoly on the truth (even you, dear reader). And no matter which side you’re on, here’s a newsflash: The other side might win!..."
By Don Peppers from Fast Company
The Gospel According to Jerry, named one of the ten best plays in Minneapolis in 2011, and performed at the Kultur Festival at FAU more recently, is coming to the Jewish Community Center of New Haven on Sunday, November 18th at 2 pm. Written by Rabbi Irwin Kula and Richard Krevolin, this funny and poignant work explores the relationship between a rabbi and a gospel singer who meet at Overeaters Anonymous and come to appreciate each other’s faith.
On Nov. 3, 2012, at 8:30 pm, join Clal’s well–known teacher and chant composer, Rabbi Andrew Hahn (the Kirtan Rabbi) for an evening of sacred call-and-response singing and devotional learning. Hebrew Kirtan is participatory chanting where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. It is at once contemplative, ecstatic and — simply fun! No need to know Hebrew or be Jewish.
If you're in the Westchester, New York on Nov. 4th, as we prepare for the election, join us to explore these questions (and many more) when Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth El and Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, moderates a discussion between Rabbi Brad Hirschﬁeld, President of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and
Leadership, and Reverend Steven Baines, Assistant Field Director/Religious Outreach Director at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield discusses the role of religion in the Middle East violence and protesting.
From the Josh Tolley Show on WIMO (AM), WDKM (FM) Genesis Communication Network 10/10/12
Brad Hirschfield joined Stuart Varney to discuss Israel’s impact on the current election.
Varney & Co., 10/17/12 From Fox Business Network
Rabbis Without Borders (RWB), Clal’s landmark initiative that helps rabbis make Jewish thought and practice more available for improving people’s lives, selected its third class for its competitive rabbinic fellowship program. More than 90 applicants competed for the 18 spots.
"...Ryan Andresen is openly gay and thus disqualified not only from receiving the award he earned, but actually disqualified from membership in the Scouts because, according that same spokesman, he “does not meet Scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation.”...""
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks with Sean Herriott about the conduct of the most recent presidential debate, the centrality of Israel to all Americans and the direction of the Jewish vote and the issues that animate it such as justice, social inclusion and desire to help the needy.
From Morning Air on Relevant Radio, 10/5/12