Crisis in Egypt: A spiritual perspective January 31, 2011

"...And while it's easy to wax eloquent about the "democracy movement" coalescing in Egypt, it's not clear that what that movement will bring in its wake, should it be successful in ridding the nation of Hosni Mubarak, will necessarily be better than what Egypt has had for the past 30 years..."

Mohammed El Baradei a Stooge? January 31, 2011

"...Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog..."

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Faith, Not Dogma, in Egypt January 31, 2011

"...And while it's easy to wax eloquent about the "democracy movement" coalescing in Egypt, it's not clear that what that movement will bring in its wake, should it be successful in ridding the nation of Hosni Mubarak, will necessarily be better than what Egypt has had for the past 30 years..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

Opinion: Accepting Our Many Differences -- No Matter What! January 28, 2011

" Over the past decade, we have seen a great social movement of increased integration of gay and lesbian people into the social fabric of the country. At the same time, people with all sorts of religious affiliations are choosing not to leave their home communities, and instead are challenging those communities to respond with tolerance and become more welcoming. But we’re not out of the woods yet...."

The Year Of Fear : What Park51 and the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding say about the Jewish community. January 27, 2011

"... There is no such thing as the one authentically Jewish position on most public-policy matters, and pretending otherwise is futile, foolish and arrogant. Translating that lesson from 2010 into the rest of Jewish life in 2011 will be a huge undertaking...." More...

By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield Special to the Jewish Week
, 1/14/11

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly: Jewish High Holidays January 27, 2011

Rabbi Irwin Kula talks about how the spiritual traditions of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are designed ‘to help us make teshuvah, return to that deepest path that we know we want to be on.’ [video].

Rabbi: By 'blood libel' claim Palin admits 'words can be deadly' January 27, 2011

"Rabbi Brad Hirschfield: ...‘By claiming that others’ words are a blood libel that endangers her, she’s at least admitting the prospect that claims her words endangered others could be true....’ Rabbi Irwin Kula: ...‘Sarah Palin’s use of this term ‘blood libel’ indicates that she sees herself as the victim this week. This is a profoundly distorted experience of reality that any sane person in this country from left to far right should see ’...."

Holocaust Remembrance: Who Owns Memory? January 27, 2011

"...Memory is an aggressive act — one which requires choices, choices which determine how future generations understand their past and create their future. History is not simply something that happened. It is created by those who recount it...." More...

From Brad Hirschfield’s Blog on The Huffington Post

Remembering the Holocaust when the survivors are gone January 26, 2011

"...when it comes to human suffering, two things are always true. First, when the suffering happens to those close to you, there is uniqueness to it, because you have a unique relationship to those affected. Second, the more people feel connected to a tragedy, the more likely they are to remember and fight to keep it from happening again...."

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Joel Osteen On Piers Morgan Tonight: "Homosexuality Is A Sin" January 26, 2011

"...I want to know why Osteen wasn’t asked if he is concerned about describing gay people as sinners, given the violence which such language can inspire.

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