People on the move May 25, 2011

Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership named Debra Tuchman as chairman, succeeding Larry Gellman.

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From The Denver Post

Did Religion Create Civilization? May 25, 2011

"...The assumption was that settling down to lives of farming, people built cities, created art and made up organized religions to suit the new needs they faced in the transition from hunter-gathers to farmers. Or not..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog on The Huffington Post

President Obama on Israel and the Palestinians May 24, 2011

Brad Hirschfield speaks with Lars Larson about President Obama’s comments on Israel, the Palestinians, and bringing peace to the Middle East.

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From the Lars Larson Show syndicated by Compass Media Networks,
5/20/11

Did God Create The World? May 24, 2011

"Okay, to be fair, that is a somewhat hyperbolic question, and one which nobody can claim to have proof or even scientific evidence for. Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It simply means that the endless debates about that question being answerable through science are really a waste of time. Not a waste of time however, is new evidence that the yearning to connect with God or gods may very well have created civilization as we know it..."

Circumcision wars in California May 24, 2011

"The attempt to make circumcision illegal, including those performed for religious reasons, is spreading beyond San Francisco, which aimed last week to become the first American municipality to ban the practice...[ and it] represent[s] an increasing trend away from the practice, or at least away from the presumption of its necessity..."

Harold Camping and the Day of Judgment May 23, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield joins Michel Martin and Prof. Harvey Cox to look at the history of these apocalyptical predictions.

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From NPR’s Tell Me More, 5/20/11

Is the end of the world coming? May 23, 2011

Rabbi Irwin Kula joins Fox News LIVE to discuss apocalyptic thinking — when and why does it resonate with society?

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Fox News.com Live "God Talk", 5/20/11

Banning circumcision in San Francisco May 20, 2011

"San Francisco is poised to become the first American municipality to ban the circumcision of infant boys, and like most things associated with circumcision, it’s a very sensitive issue..."

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From Brad Hirschfield’s blog in the Washington Post’s "On Faith" Column

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Proverbs: “Pride goes before the fall” May 19, 2011

"...It turns out, that like so many things in life, the traits which empower our ability to rise, are the same ones which bring us down. The real story lies in what we learn from the rising and falling. That’s what defines the hero. ..."

Is Heaven a Fairytale? May 18, 2011

Is heaven a fairytale? Brad Hirschfield talks about Stephen Hawking’s proclamation of heaven as non-existent.

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From BBC World Service—World Have Your Say,
5/17/11

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