Brad Hirschfield: Is 'pro-life' now 'pro-choice?' February 19, 2013

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. After a Texas teen sued her parents claiming they were forcing her to have an abortion, pro-life advocates are celebrating a court’s decision to give the teen the right to have her baby. The argument pro-life advocates used in supporting the teen is that she should have the choice of whether or not she wanted to have an abortion — an argument made popular by pro-choice advocates. Will this case redefine the terms pro-life and pro-choice?

Huff Post Live Discussion on: Who Gets to Pray at the Kotel and How? February 19, 2013

How can a group of women praying peacefully at a prayer wall be seen as dangerous and provocative? Rev Paul Raushenbush, Huff Post Senior Religious Editor, and Alicia Menendez host this discussion with Anat Cohen, Dr. Bonna Devora Haberman, Rabbi Susan Silverman, and Rabbi Jason Miller, a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow.

In Texas abortion case, has ‘pro-life’ become ‘pro-choice’? February 19, 2013

"The case of a 16-year-old young woman successfully suing her parents to assure that they will support her choice to carry her pregnancy to term is a fascinating one. It is a case where anti-abortion advocates base their claim on a woman’s right to choose!...""

Departing Pope Is Deeply Principled, And Sometimes Frustrating February 13, 2013

"...While some Jewish leaders have been troubled over the years by certain comments and actions by the outgoing Pontiff, upon close examination, I think we see that there has been little if anything to be disturbed by, and much for which to be quite pleased..."

By Brad Hirschfield from The Jewish Week,Opinion,

Leaders Say Benedict XVI Built On John Paul II's Interfaith Work February 12, 2013

"The Pope’s decision ‘to return to a Latin Mass … could have been handled with greater sensitivity,’ Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of CLAL — The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, wrote in an op-ed essay this week, ‘but the idea that the liturgy is somehow wrong, uncaring, or necessarily damaging to Catholic-Jewish-relations, is simply foolish..."

Spirituality in the (snow) storm February 11, 2013

"What is it about winter storms? They capture our attention for so many reasons, and not simply the pragmatic concerns related to travel, or the annoyance of all that shoveling. Nemo is no exception...."

Pope Benedict’s Jewish legacy February 11, 2013

"Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing his resignation, effective the end of February, and there are many ways to think about the significance of the event, including both the challenges and the opportunities in Catholic-Jewish relations that may come in the decision’s wake..."

Grateful for the Partial February 8, 2013

Rabbi Irwin Kula discusses gratitude as a choice and a skill to be developed, and how being happy in the partial is central to this practice. Just nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award for Best Religion News/Feature!

Game Design: Seeding a Multidimensional Model February 6, 2013

"...Games are designed over time, sometimes years, through many iterations of ‘play testing,’ a process of play, feedback and design. The game shifts, changes and grows through the process. But a design must begin with an early stage, and so a first step, a seedling is necessary..."


By Rabbi Owen Gottlieb from Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility

Holocaust Remembrance at the Italian Consulate with Janet R. Kirchheimer January 28, 2013

On the 2013 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Clal Teaching Fellow and poet Janet R. Kirchheimer participated in the ceremonial reading of names of Italian Jews deported from Italy or Italian territories. In 2005. the United Nations designated Jan. 27 as a yearly memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust — 6 million Jews and millions of other victims of Nazi Germany during World War II. Auschwitz was liberated on January 27, 1945.

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