"Two local rabbis — Rabbis James Kahn of Silver Spring and Gil Steinlauf of Washington, D.C. — have been selected to join the second cohort of the Rabbis Without Borders Rabbinic Fellowship Program...."
"I am sure that the beer-makers were not inspired by malice toward witches or any other Pagan practitioners, but in a world in which people are still burned for their beliefs, Pagan and otherwise, do we really need use images of people being burned at the stake to sell anything? And yes, that is a rhetorical question...."
"In American society, especially in our diverse Jewish community, we value robust and vigorous debate about pressing issues. Such debate is one of the greatest features of our democracy and one of the hallmarks of our people. We revel in our tradition of debate: A frank and civil exchange of ideas helps to inform our decisions, provoke new ways of thinking, and sometimes even change our minds...."
"The following story from Religion News Service about how at least some Catholic Bishops understand who Jews are, how God relates to them, and what special connection Jews have to Israel, or in this case, should not have to Israel. It's pretty disturbing. On the other hand, it's hardly a majority view, at least not one which is expressed, and should be taken as such..."
"Like pretty much anything else, God can be found on Google -- now more than ever. This week, with the help of Google Street View, you don't even have to search for images of the Divine to find you..."
"Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question just won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Pretty wild considering it’s a British award and the book is entirely devoted to the meaning of being Jewish in the 21st century. That is Finkler’s question...."
On Oct. 25-26, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield has been invited to speak at the installation of the Rev. Tiffany Steinwert, Ph.D., the sixth dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University. While there, he will lead a round table discussion at the Winnick Hillel Center on "Sacred Envy: Exploring What We Love About Our Own Faith, What We Admire in Others, and What Challenges Us in Both," moderated by the Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church.
The Saguaro Seminar, an ongoing initiative of Professor Robert D. Putnam at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, is a project that focuses on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement. The project’s website provides a Social Capital Blog in which Rabbi Brad Hirschfield’s piece appears.
Co-founder of the University of Oklahoma’s (OU) think tank, The Middle Prairie Institute for Religion and Public Life, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield participated in a compelling inter-religious dialogue at Oklahoma Memorial Union in October on ‘The Top 10 Reasons Why Jews & Christians Don’t Get Each Other.’ Joining him were noted author and professor Reverend Robin Meyers, and Dr. Barbara S. Boyd, Director of OU’s Outreach for Religious Studies, who moderated the program.
"...In more than a few races, both candidates and voters are spending a huge amount of time exploring and attacking the personal faith of those running for office -- so much time that the issues over which the candidates will have influence, should they be elected, are often ignored..."