"... ‘It’s teshuvah,’ says Steinlauf, ‘returning to the essence of Judaism to engage us in human life.’ It’s a paradigm shift — not Judaism as an object that we bend ourselves to, that is uncomfortable and inaccessible to those who are not familiar. But rather, ‘Judaism as technology, to be used by you to get you back to yourself as your truest self. ‘It’s about evolution — transforming the role the synagogue plays in life.
Rabbi Irwin Kula talks about Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and the opportunity we have to examine the the palette, texture, composition and perspective that shapes our lives. It is also a time to increase our awareness of the artist...
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Rabbi Brad Hirschfield talks about the ongoing violence world wide in response to the hateful youtube video about Islam.
"The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, isn’t just for Jews. It is a Jewish celebration to be sure; one with roots going back to the Hebrew Bible, but it celebrates something fundamental to all human beings — the need for second chances...."
Rabbi Irwin Kula talks about the significance of Rosh Hashana; the Shofar calls out to each of us to wake up and attend to our lives, to make sure that we become aware of the other levels of meaning in our lives.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield responds to questions on topics of the day. On topic: It is unclear how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks in a video from a campaign fundraiser will affect his campaign. Should comments not intended for public consumption play a role in our assessment of the candidate who made them? What about their public responses once their original comments are made public?
Brad Hirschfield joined Stuart Varney to discuss whether President Obama will lose support from Jewish voters in November.
Varney & Co., 9/14/12 From Fox Business Network
"Six things that will help you make sense of the Jewish New Year, which begins sundown on Sunday...."
"Judaism is all about life – love of life, reverence for life, building new life. But life also brings death. The pessimist says, “You begin dying the moment you are born,” not only referring to the steady decline of our own lives but also the universe around us. We consume resources to clothe, feed, educate, and protect; we use up animals, plants, water and air as we spiral along the continuum from birth to death.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield speaks with Chuck Morse about the the need to better address the problem of religious violence in light of the murder of Ambassador Stevens and two others in Libya, and violent reactions, possibly related to the anti-Islam film, in Egypt, Yemen and Iran.