Debt Debate: What Would Jesus Do? July 13, 2011

Brad Hirschfield joined Live to talk about Congressman Charlie Rangel and his use of religion in discussing the national debt. View... LIVE, 7/13/11

Irwin Kula at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival July 13, 2011

On June 25, Rabbi Irwin has been invited to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to introduce and frame the riveting new documentary, Precious Life, by Israeli journalist Shlomi Elder. The film looks at hospitals, one of the few remaining links between Israelis and Palestinians. Following a lead to a desperate Palestinian family trying to save their immune-deficient baby, the film offers a complex story through a hopeful, humanist lens.

Medieval Jewish Traditions, both Culinary and Spiritual, Continue in Today’s New York Times July 13, 2011

"...The article was filed from Troyes, France — the city where Rashi, perhaps the most widely read biblical commentator lived, and where he also produced wine along with wisdom. For me, this was captivating stuff."

From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

Chanting in the Hudson Valley July 13, 2011

Sunset Kirtan at the IRIS Gardens, (238-1 Towpath Rd., Accord, NY) Sat., July 16. All chi’d up after a full-day workshop with Tai Chi master teacher Rick Barrett, greet the sunset by chanting with the Kirtan Rabbi Andrew Hahn. Featuring Akiva ("The Believer") Wharton on percussion. Join for the whole day, 10 am-4:30 pm, or just for Kirtan, 6:30-8:30 pm. No previous experience with tai chi or chant necessary. For more information, go to

Debt Debate -- What Would Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, or the Buddha Do? July 13, 2011

"New York Congressman Charlie Rangel can’t decide which religious teachers to invoke, and he keeps waffling about whether he actually knows what they would say, but it’s pretty clear to him that whatever the faith, they would be totally opposed to any politics other than Mr. Rangel’s. That’s a pretty arrogant claim, especially for someone who refuses to be pinned down about the specific response he believes would be offered..."

Debt Talks, and the News International Scandal July 12, 2011

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions via video on topics of the day. Today: Debt/deficit negotiations, and the scandal at News International and the public's role.

From The Washington Post Conversations Live Q & A with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
, 7/12/11

Finding Israel’s Soul At The Movies-Ma’aleh film school explores, embraces Orthodox-Zionist live July 12, 2011

"Rabbi Irwin Kula...has said of ‘Miral,’...that what’s missing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a ‘lack of empathy on both sides.’ Miral ‘is fundamentally a meditation on empathy.’ That only begs the question: In recent years, how many films have been made — anywhere — with empathy for, say, West Bank settlers?

Debt talks, the budget and the problem of ‘What would Jesus do?’ July 12, 2011

"...When Mr. Rangel asks, “What would Jesus do?” or considers what Moses, Muhammad, or the Buddha would say regarding our fiscal woes, he makes a colossal and all-too-typical mistake by assuming that they would certainly agree with him..."

Jewish federation events often feature a wide range of thought leaders July 11, 2011

In a letter to the editor responding to an opinon piece entitled ‘Bolton’s insight was invaluable’ Joe Berkofsky of the Jewish Federations of North America was critical, saying "it fails to mention the other speakers at the event, who covered a broad spectrum of topics in the Jewish world. The afternoon included presentations from Jewish federation executives Steven Nasatir of Chicago and John Ruskay of New York, as well as Rabbi Irwin Kula...

Creole Cuisine Comes to Rosh Haayin -- Rabbi Hirschfield is pivotal in the kitchen July 11, 2011

"Rosh Ha’ayin [Israel] celebrated the Grand Opening of its promenade and the success was even beyond expectations. The cornerstone of the opening was the 2,000 food tastings and cooking demonstrations created by the New Orleans chefs, Israelis chefs, and volunteers including Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Alan Franco, and countless others..."

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