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A new study suggests that not only is there a gap between the rich and the poor, but the rich tend to stay rich as the poor tend to stay poor. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield says that a truly just culture should allow people hope of a higher level with enough work. “Anything less than that is fundamentally unjust and unsustainable,” Hirschfield said.
Recognized for their accomplishments, Rabbi Irwin Kula was listed again this year in the Daily Beast/Newsweek as some of America’s "most influential rabbis." Appearing at no.
From Matzah at Passover and Latkes at Hanukkah, to 4th of July barbecue and Thanksgiving Turkey, we all connect certain foods to specific events and times of the year.
But some foods and recipes are simply so perfect that they deserve our attention on a more regular basis.
On February 25, 2013, Facing History and Ourselves-New York thanked Janet R. Kirchheimer for sharing her story with students and educators to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. Further, through her courage and generosity, she has helped countless young people make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
Rabbi Irwin Kula offers Passover's wisdom of wrestling with how to become free. We employ a three step meditation on life:
Wherever we are, we are in Egypt;
There is always a promised land - a better, freer place;
and To reach this promised land we need to journey - there is no easy way, no direct path.
Rob Schilling speaks with Rabbi Brad Hirschfield about finding faith without fanaticism. Anyone who thinks that they are 100% right 100% of the time probably falls in the fanatic category. Rabbi Hirschfield advocates that 10% of the information that one consumes should be something with which one disagrees. This practice doesn't weaken the integrity of what one believes, it gives us bigger perspective.
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield explains that our reaction to Playboy's announcement of a new Hebrew language edition should not automatically be negative.
"Rabbi Irwin Kula offered a session called Rabbi in the Public Square. We'd been talking a lot about how we do our work within this visible networked world of social media, and what it's like to feel so visible (on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube), and he noted that "Religious people have long known that we're always seen.
Clal teaching fellow, Janet R. Kirchheimer spoke to a group of college-age Russian speaking Jews who are part of LEAD, a student internship program operated by FEGS and sponsored by UJA Federation of New York. The program brings students together to study leadership and introduce them to the Jewish community. The session offered the students a chance to learn more about what it means to be a Jewish leader, and is part of Clal’s ongoing work with LEAD.
"While there were quite a few excellent movies in 2012, my favorite, far and away was “Argo.” I saw it with my wife and another couple, and the film was so well-crafted that my friend was quite literally curled in his seat, covering his eyes and holding his breath during a scene where the only thing happening was the printing of plane tickets. The whole ending was tense, taut and exciting. It was also completely fabricated...."