"...But in a country which grants special privileges, including tax exemptions, to what the IRS broadly calls "churches", it is not only history or the faithful who decide what counts as a church, but also the federal government. And the definition our government use is both fascinating and provocative..."
"Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell invoked God and God’s will in explaining her political aspirations. Some find her remarks beautiful and others, including the majority of On Faith panelists; find it quite disturbing – some going so far as to suggest that O’Donnell is mentally ill. I find her comments foolishly inconsistent and a little bit beautiful..."
"This week’s Torah reading centers on Noah, the flood and its aftermath. While there are many comments one could, and even should, make about a story which introduces the concept of God as a remorseful, rage-filled, killer who stops just one family short of genocide, I will not go there - at least not right now...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks about "Peace: You Don’t Have to Be Wrong for Me to be Right." on this weekly ecumenical and interfaith program on WTTW 11 (PBS) in Chicago, scheduled to air on October 10th, 2010. Check local listing for exact time.
"...Kula reminds us that forgiveness involves realizing what we have done, feeling the regret, resolving to do better, and repair the relationship...."
"...As part of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders program, we found a safe space to share our distinct viewpoints on a host of topics — from faith perspectives on healing to the economy’s effect on religion to the role of music in prayer. We might not have all agreed on how the Torah was revealed to the Jewish people in the desert thousands of years ago, but we each managed to share our Jewish wisdom through the medium of Torah...."
"Whom do you find virtually intolerable when it comes to faith, politics or any of the other topics which we are often told are not good topics for polite conversation? If you are like most Americans, whoever is on your list, the list is probably growing, as we become increasingly intolerant of each other..."
"The Pew poll of religious knowledge, in which atheists/agnostics scored ever-so-slightly higher than Jews and Mormons demonstrates at least four significant facts about what we know and why we know it. Appreciating these facts would go a long way toward ending the ugly fighting between theists and atheists...."
"No, it's not a joke. Rabbi Ari Shvat has ruled that it is permissible for female agents of Israel's spy service, Mossad, to use sex as a tool to fight terror...."
The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company presents a funny, new play that takes a contemporary look at family, Jewish — African American connections, and spirituality. Saturday, Apr 16 (2011) 8:00pm at Hillcrest Center Theater, St Paul, MN.