Brad Hirschfield on: GSA parties, not Secret Service prostitutes, betray public trust April 18, 2012

"...Not all scandals are alike, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of recent events at the General Services Administration and the Secret Service. Don’t get me wrong, neither story is anything to be proud of, but even if the worst is confirmed regarding the behavior of 11 Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, the scenarios are fundamentally different and the GSA story is far worse...."

My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation April 18, 2012

A groundbreaking new book, My Neighbor’s Faith, brings together a variety of inspiring and personal stories about the interfaith encounters of a wide range of religious leaders, intellectuals, and activists from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. In our rich, religiously diverse society, the book looks at how do we understand each other’s traditions, and can we learn to live together with mutual respect to create a more compassionate and just world?

Janet R. Kirchheimer at the SEPHARDIC STORY SLAM April 17, 2012

Clal Teaching Fellow and poet Janet R. Kirchheimer appeared on Dec. 27 at 8 pm at the Sephardic Music Festival’s Sephardic Story Slam. The event, held in collaboration with ISRAMERICA, took place at the Triad Theatre, 158 W. 72 St., in Manhattan.

From the GSA to the Secret Service: What do we expect from our public officials? April 17, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: The GSA is under investigation for misusing public funds, and the Secret Service is in the midst of a prostitution scandal. Which is worse?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 4/17/12

Celebrating the Passover and Easter Holidays April 17, 2012

Brad Hirschfield joins Father Dave to talk about spring holidays and how we celebrate them.

Busted Halo, Sirius XM Radio 4/3/12

Is Romney’s ‘secrecy’ a Mormon reference? April 16, 2012

"Senior adviser to the Obama campaign, David Axelrod, has pledged to make a campaign issue out of what Mr. Axelrod sees as Mitt Romney’s penchant for secrecy....""


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

Confession? There's an app for that. April 12, 2012

Irwin Kula, of Clal, says that technology is helping to reawaken Americans’ spirituality, at The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Innovation 2012 event in Berkeley, California. View...

From The Ideas Economy from the Economist

Counting the Omer April 12, 2012

The rhythms of our ancestors'lives were set by the agricultural cycles and the accompanying rituals performed for each season at the Temple in Jerusalem. Sfirat Ha'omer, the counting of the omer, was one of the most carefully observed of these rituals. The priests would offer a measure of harvested crop, or omer, on the second day of Passover. All of Israel would then begin counting the days between Passover and Shavuot, forty-nine days in all. Although we no longer have the Temple, we still count. Counting the days from the sea-crossing freedom of Passover to the Torah-receiving commitment of Shavuot—the "counting the omer" —guides us in reaffirming that each day we progress, clarify, and act with our ultimate goals in mind.
Hin'ni mukhan u'm'zuman l'kayeim mitzvat asei shel sfirat

I am ready to fulfill the mitzvah of counting the omer

Should George Zimmerman's lawyers have dropped the case? April 11, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Should George Zimmerman's lawyers have kept the case and expressed more concerned with Zimmerman's mental health, or were they right to drop it since Zimmerman wasn't consulting them?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Why is this app different from all other apps? April 9, 2012

"...This is a very exciting project,” commented David Kraemer, the librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary (and Clal Senior Associate), who is the app’s primary author...“We have used the old to inform the new in the most creative and beautiful way possible....It is my hope that people use the app to create as full or as simple a Seder experience as is fitting for them...."

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