Personal Growth

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The Possibility of Meaningful Atheism September 22, 2008

"The most recent New York Review of Books features one of the most heartfelt, sensitive, open-minded and thought-provoking pieces I have seen on the possibility/advisability of meaningful atheism, of what the author describes as living without God...."

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

Family Is a Faith Issue August 30, 2008

"What is faith, any faith really about? Is it about philosophical debates? Is it nothing more than theological wrangling? Or could it be something much closer to home for most of us? Could it be about the big questions in our everyday lives, and the spiritual tools we need to address them?

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

ACLU (and ADL) vs. U.S. Naval Academy, Regarding Prayer July 27, 2008

"The following question was posed by the editors of the Newsweek/Washington Post blog, On Faith: The ACLU, joined by the ADL, has asked the U.S. Naval Academy to end prayers at mandatory meals, and yet all branches of the service employ chaplains. What is the proper role of religion in the military?
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From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

American Pilgrimage July 21, 2008

American Pilgrimage, a TV series featuring Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, takes viewers into the homes, mosques, and sites of leading imams and Muslim religious thinkers from across North America. Aired on Bridges TV (American Muslim TV Network), the series takes Rabbi Hirschfield on the road, providing an in-depth look at the issues dividing people of faith, the teachings and texts which shape their beliefs, and the big questions we grapple with as Americans and as human beings.

Healing What Hurts July 21, 2008

"...The pain to which I refer can be either collective or individual -- the difference between them is not so great. Collectives or communities are made up of individuals and so their pain as a group is the aggregate of their pain as individuals.
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From Windows & Doors, Brad Hirschfield’s daily blog on Beliefnet

How to Deal With a Painful Past July 20, 2008

"We all have events from our past which cause us pain. The question is how to deal with them...."

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

Wonderful Weekenders 2.0 July 4, 2008

"Are you ready for the weekend? A little planning and a few simple practices can help you have a wonderful weekend, or inject a bit of weekend relaxation into the middle of a busy week. And so each Friday, for a while at least, Windows & Doors will include some help in that direction...."

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

Thank God For The Atheists July 2, 2008

"I give thanks to God for the 21% of atheists who, according to the recent study by Pew, affirm their belief in Her or Him, and I am blown away by the holiness of such people who manage to pray once a week. In fact, I think that I aspire to being one of them (though with a bit more regular prayer)...."

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

I'll Meet You Here Tomorrow June 25, 2008

"Why does an author and talk-show host who was once a settler in the west bank city of Hebron, who grew up in a largely secular, Jewish home in Chicago, where he returned to study religion at the University of Chicago and went on to be ordained as an Orthodox rabbi, become a blogger for Beliefnet.com?..."

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

Who Knew Four was such a Jewish number? March 15, 2008

"Coming together from across the street to across the country and almost always from across the generations, friends and family gather for the Seder, each bringing their own expectations, desires, and understandings of what will make the evening a meaningful experience. Rather than worrying about which one is right, follow the Torah's model and make room for them all...."

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