Should this lifeguard have been fired? July 6, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for today: Firing someone for trying to save a life? Is that nuts or could it actually be the correct response? Is there only one right answer to that question? Tomas Lopez left his post to save a man in danger. Did he do the right thing? What would you have done and why?

Andy Griffith was real even if ‘Mayberry’ never existed July 3, 2012

"Andy Griffith, best known for his portrayal of Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor, died Tuesday. The real question is why the death of an actor most famous for a show that ended its run on television in 1968 is so much in the news?..."

Avner Live!: Distinguished Rabbi Brad Hirschfield by The Showdock Network in Religion July 2, 2012

"Rabbi Brad Hirschfield joins Avner Leib aka Kwass to talk about some engaging topics. He joins Avner Leib to talk about missing Maurice Sendak, the Ultra-Orthodox protest against the Internet at CitiField, and whether the KKK should be able to adopt a highway..."


Brad Hirschfield on the Showdock Network

The Supreme Court: Can the Justices remain objective? June 29, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for today: Does legal objectivity exist? Can Supreme Court justices remain impartial, especially when their political leanings are publicly known? What happens when a Justice speaks about an opinion on a topic outside the court that relates to a ongoing case? What ethical obligations they have to remain impartial?

Bullied bus monitor Karen Klein: A feeding frenzy of cruelty June 28, 2012

"...Karen Klein is a bus monitor in Greece, N.Y. Earlier this week, a group of middle school kids tormented and abused Klein. Their verbal taunts ranged from mean-spirited cracks about her weight and age to fantasizing about stabbing and torturing her. A video of this went viral and among the responses was an online fund set up to raise money for Klein...."

From Egypt To Immokalee June 27, 2012

"Part of Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster’s fight against modern-day slavery is professional.As a major goal of her work as director of North American Programs for the continent’s branch of the Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) organization, where she coordinates a national educational and lobbying effort, she is responsible for raising consciousness of the issue. And part of her fight is personal. How she buys bananas.

The bullied bus monitor: Are we doing too much? June 25, 2012

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic for today: Do you think Karen Klein should be receiving thousands of dollars for her troubles? What does the bullying of Karen Klein—and the viral response—say to you about human nature? And what should happen to the kids who bullied her?

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, 6/21/12

Donations to bullied bus monitor’s fund top $450,000 in goodhearted ‘frenzy’ June 22, 2012

"Calling the now more than $450,000 fund raised for Klein “way beyond any typical vacation and way beyond any proportional response to the hurt Klein suffered”, Brad Hirschfield at The Washington Post’s For God’s Sake blog noted that both the original attack and the response are exemplar of mob rule: “While there is obviously no moral equivalence between the bullies and the donors to the fund established on Klein’s behalf, both reflect the fact that people like to join with others, and things which th

Should bus monitor bullies be busted or thanked? June 21, 2012

What should be done with the middle school kids in Greece, New York who bullied Karen Klein, their bus monitor?...


By Brad Hirschfield from’s Fox Forum, Opinion

Karen Klein morality play: Forgiveness for the bus bullies? June 21, 2012

"First we had the abusive, hateful kids, then the massive outpouring of kindness and generosity, then the kids’ expression of regret and finally, Greece, N.Y., bus monitor Karen Klein’s statement that she “feels sorry” for the kids who abused her...""

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