Poet Janet R. Kirchheimer's poem, Climbing the Ladder, was featured on The Jewish Writing Project, one of top 50 Jewish blogs on the web.
The Jewish Writing Project, 3/19/12
“...The dog-on-the-roof tale is only half of a "problematic palindrome" for Romney: "Dog/God," says Brad Hirschfield in The Washington Post. We Americans "like to see ourselves in our candidates," and people who think Romney is somehow different feel more comfortable criticizing him for his odd pet treatment than his Mormon faith, which some Christians have bizarrely singled out as a troublingly foreign religious tradition...."
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. Today: Was Trayvon Martin's death a hate crime and how much of the case should focus on this?
On March 11, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield participated in a conversation on Patrilineal Descent in a Pluralistic Community with the Academy for Jewish Religion's Executive Vice President Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, among others. The issue raises strong reaction and highlights the tensions regarding Jewish identity. The following is an oped written by Dr. Prouser, in which she addresses many of the concerns.
"Mitt Romney has a palindrome problem...In Governor Romney’s case, the problematic palindrome is Dog/God. Of course, the ‘dog’ is Seamus, a family pet which the Romney’s took on vacation 25 years ago, riding in a dog carrier, strapped to the top of their station wagon. To me, the amazing thing about this story is that anybody cares!..."
"Maccabiah is one of the healthiest engagements with young people...in American Jewish life." says Rabbi Irwin Kula who has participated in the games in various capacities, including officiating as rabbi at many b’nei and b’not mitzvah ceremonies. Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes to represent the USA at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17-30, 2013.
"...Purim reminds us of a key insight — one which doesn’t shrink from difference, or even the need to fight existential foes — and it all comes down to knowing that we are one..."
“...It’s important to say that in some ways it’s meaningless,” Rabbi Baum said. (Rabbi Laura Baum is an alumni of Clal's Rabbis Without Borders program.) “But it’s also religiously arrogant. I think words matter. Their doing their rituals could be insulting to the families of people whose relatives are being baptized. In the case of people who died during the Holocaust, they were killed because of their religious identity, and now another group is confusing the story...."
"...Rajiv Malhotra has, in fact, written a wise and important book — one whose greatest contribution is to wrestle with genuine difference not simply as something to be overcome, but as a gift to be cherished. Malhotra argues that ignoring difference in favor of a Pollyannaish, if well-intentioned, flattening of distinction, is not only foolish but arrogant and even dangerous. I could not agree more...."
The second annual Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) Alumni Retreat took place at the Pearlstone Retreat Center outside of Baltimore, Feb 26-29, 2012. Rabbi alumni and rabbinic students from the first two RWB cohorts who are now ordained, were invited to attend. For many, the retreat is their one opportunity to network cross denominationally, share ideas, build networks, and look at issues on the American religious landscape in a new light, helping them in their work and community building activities.