Donations to bullied bus monitor’s fund top $450,000 in goodhearted ‘frenzy’ June 22, 2012

"Calling the now more than $450,000 fund raised for Klein “way beyond any typical vacation and way beyond any proportional response to the hurt Klein suffered”, Brad Hirschfield at The Washington Post’s For God’s Sake blog noted that both the original attack and the response are exemplar of mob rule: “While there is obviously no moral equivalence between the bullies and the donors to the fund established on Klein’s behalf, both reflect the fact that people like to join with others, and things which th

Should bus monitor bullies be busted or thanked? June 21, 2012

What should be done with the middle school kids in Greece, New York who bullied Karen Klein, their bus monitor?...


By Brad Hirschfield from’s Fox Forum, Opinion

Karen Klein morality play: Forgiveness for the bus bullies? June 21, 2012

"First we had the abusive, hateful kids, then the massive outpouring of kindness and generosity, then the kids’ expression of regret and finally, Greece, N.Y., bus monitor Karen Klein’s statement that she “feels sorry” for the kids who abused her...""

Rock and Roll June 19, 2012

"It was 1984 when Dee Snider first asked me what I wanted to do with my life. The answer was then, and still is, ‘I want to ROCK!’ Given a rather conventional and full life as a congregational rabbi with two amazing children and a partner who is an OB/GYN resident, the truth is I don’t really get to rock on a daily basis—even though I need it man, oh how I need it!..."

Brad Hirschfield contributes to Text Messages June 19, 2012

The struggle for meaning, for the right questions to ask and the search for useful and relevant answers is everyone’s work, but for teens and young adults it may be particularly daunting. Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens, Edited by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, provides text-message length essays based on the Torah portion of the week that contain a method of making Torah meaningful, of relating to and perhaps owning the wisdom it contains.

We Can Do It June 18, 2012

"Hope is a Jewish value. The Psalmist says ‘Hope in Adonai and be strong.’ The national anthem of Israel is Hatikva — the Hope. Yet, in the Jewish community today I hear more complaining and lamenting than I hear expressions of hope. This past week I spent a day with a group of women Jewish non-profit professionals. We gathered under the auspices of Advancing Jewish Women and the Jewish Community.

Brad Hirschfield: Should the KKK be able to adopt a highway? June 13, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for today: What to do with KKK Clean Up Crew? Or is that Klean Up Krews?Is the notion itself a bunch of garbage, or is this exactly the way that organizations clean up not only their community, but their deservedly terrible reputation?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 6/13/12

Brad Hirschfield: Ethics and Intervening in Syria June 8, 2012

Join Brad Hirschfield Thursday at 1 p.m. ET as he discusses ethics in the news. On topic for today: Should the United States intervene in Syria or not? As violence increases, should the U.S. step? How do you decide? And even if the U.S. does have a responsibility to get involved, can we really do so?

Will religion be a key factor in the election? June 5, 2012

Lauren Green hosts Rabbi Irwin Kula and Father Jonathan Morris as they discuss the importance of a candidate’s faith. View... LIVE, 6/1/12

Is NYC's proposed ban on large, sugary drinks ethical? June 1, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Is NYC’s proposed ban on large, sugary drinks ethical?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 5/31/12

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