Orthodox Gays Need Allies, Not Just Compassion August 16, 2012

"A few months ago, a young Orthodox rabbi decided to “come out of the closet,” in a sense, when he publicly identified himself as an “LGBT ally,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, founder of Uri L’Tzedek, an Orthodox social justice group, and a director of the UCLA Hillel, explained that he felt he had been quiet for too long and wanted to say what he felt was the truth..."

What Harry Reid and Mitt Romney could learn from Exodus 23:7 August 12, 2012

"...it seems that both Romney and Reid could take a lesson from Exodus 23:7, which mandates that people ‘distance themselves from falsehood.’..."


From Brad Hirschfield’s blog in the Washington Post’s "On Faith" Column — For God’s Sake

Klezmer Company Orchestra and Rabbi Irwin Kula Presents ‘An American Jewish New Year: Jazz Wisdom Spirit’ August 8, 2012

Music director Aaron Kula and his acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), and Irwin Kula, one of America’s "most influential rabbis" will present the second annual "American Jewish New Year: Jazz Wisdom Spirit" a celebration in music and wisdom of renewal, second chances, and human flourishing on September 9, at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL.

Brad Hirschfield: The ethics of innuendo August 8, 2012

Citing an anonymous source, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did not pay any taxes for 10 years. Do Reid's comments flirt with McCarthy-like politics by accusation? Isn't this exactly what "birthers" did to President Obama?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 8/8/12

Harry Reid and the politics of winning at any cost August 7, 2012

"I don’t know the person’s name, but I think I know who told Harry Reid that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. I think it was the same person who spread equally unsubstantiated rumors about President Obama’s birth certificate. And why not? It’s all the same baseless tale-bearing that degrades politics and breeds the mistrust which is making good governance increasingly impossible..."

Chicken with a side of controversy August 2, 2012

"Across the country Wednesday, thousands of people flocked to Chick-fil-A to eat a sandwich and make a statement. In listening to, and reading accounts of, these people who crossed the road to eat a chicken, one learns that they were making many statements. They were eating in support of the restaurant, its CEO, his views on family and marriage, and the legitimacy of speaking one’s faith, even if it is unpopular with some, as long as one lives within the law..."

Romney was right — and wrong — in Jerusalem July 31, 2012

"...Jerusalem has confounded simplistic analyses for millennia. It’s a city whose very name, in Hebrew at least, suggests that it is a place in which everything can be found. It’s so true. Jerusalem is a great spiritual mirror in which people have found, and continue to find, whatever they are looking for, and that is exactly what happened to Romney, those who have defended his remarks and those who have attacked them...."

Did You See That Post on Facebook? July 26, 2012

"A parent is upset about how their child is treated by a summer camp, and wants the situation rectified. In 2012, how does a parent deal with this situation? By blogging about it, of course, and sending the link to the blog out to all of his friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter..."

By Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu from eJewishPhilanthropy.com, 7/26/12

An American Jewish Identity Crisis July 25, 2012

Rabbi Irwin Kula shares his thoughts on Judaism’s place in American politics with the Between Two Worlds filmmakers when he says: "What I’ve learned from studying Jewish history, and what I’ve learned from watching how America has unfolded politically, is that the only thing I can say for sure is that Judaism doesn’t have a specific politics.

Penn State NCAA penalty: Using a bomb when needing a scalpel July 24, 2012

"The NCAA took unprecedented, even draconian, measures today in response to the Penn State sex abuse scandal — as well they should have. The fact that former coach Jerry Sandusky was raping children and young men under cover of his role as a highly placed member of a seemingly trustworthy and definitely venerated institution was bad enough.

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