Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Colorado second-grader Sean King was sent home from school for wearing blackface as part of his tribute to Dr. MLK Jr. Was the school being appropriately sensitive or foolishly over-reactive?
"The ones who have died
Daughter of Shoah survivors
She carries them all"
This Haiku by Janet R. Kirchheimer was awarded honorable mention.
"...When I gave the cabbie my take on Jesus that night in Syracuse, I was speaking to him through the prism of my Hebron experience and how it had changed me. I was trying to help him see that my way was not the only way, and that although each of us was deeply committed to a particular tradition, we could remain open to the wisdom found in other traditions?..."
"...‘It seems to me, that whatever one might say to the followers of their particular faith, unless one believes that each faith should aspire to making the United States into a theocracy in its own image — imposing it’s views on everybody — we need to distinguish between that which we teach to those who choose our respective faiths, and that for which we advocate as a shared norm. The latter must almost always be wider than the former.
Our Vision: A New Way to Remember
BEHOLD, a performance film, will feature Holocaust poetry read and performed by well-known actors, musicians, and poets. Though Holocaust films abound, whether documentary, fiction, or non-fiction, the intersection of poetry and film is an un-mined, powerful vehicle to present a new way to remember, and keep us vigilant. There has never been a Holocaust film like BEHOLD.
"...We are heirs to a heritage that intentionally and consciously cloaks, clouds and shrouds in an attempt to press us into a mode of searching and seeking. And once we enter this modality of intense examination, we come to realize that the absolute and definitive truths that we so often crave are neither available nor desirable..."
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Tupelo Press ran the Winter 2012 edition of the Poetry Project. Janet R. Kirchheimer’s was awarded honorable mention for her poem "Errata."
"I wanted to thank Rabbi Brad Hirschfield for writing such a lovely article explaining the spirit of the seder (“Guess Who’s Coming To Seder?” March 30)..."
"...Kula himself supports gay marriage and supports the president in publicly stating his position. "The president went through the personal journey that is a religious and spiritual journey that millions of Americans are on," he said. "That is, to come to understand that people who are different, people who are other, are actually deserving of equal rights."
Rabbi Irwin Kula joins Fox News LIVE’s Lauren Green along with Warren Smith from Worldmag.com and Merry Miller to discuss why one faith is seeing growth.