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Brad Hirschfield: Here's the Secret to Being Happy December 18, 2014

"‘The one thing which neuroscientists and psychiatrists keep telling us is if you can practice gratitude on a regular basis, you actually have a path to personal happiness," Hirschfield told Rick Ungar, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," Wednesday on Newsmax TV...."

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The Wisdom Daily: Do Conservatives and Liberals See Evil Differently? December 18, 2014

"From TheBlaze.com: ‘Rabbi Irwin Kula hails from the notoriously liberal Upper West Side of New York, but he is also close friends with Glenn Beck. Being able to see the strengths of both conservatives and liberals, Kula spoke on Tuesday about how the two groups see evil differently...’"

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Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on Hanukkah - Burn Brighter, Be Stronger December 18, 2014

Hanukkah is a reminder that "there is more to life than meets the eye" says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. He's devised a simple program to help each of us achieve miracles in our own lives.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

The Wisdom Daily: Hanukkah Not “Jewish Christmas,” Or Is It? December 17, 2014

"Hanukkah 2014 begins tonight, December 15, at sundown. That date corresponds to the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev, for you Jewish calendar buffs. And why does the holiday begin at Sundown, not midnight, as all days on the secular calendar? Because according to Jewish tradition, every day begins at sundown..."

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The Wisdom Daily: How the Light of Hanukkah Was Seen in a Post-Katrina New Orleans December 16, 2014

"The lights of Hanukkah come to remind us of one of the important truths of life - That no matter how dark things are, there is always hope. That even if we are down to our last drop of oil, our last ounce of energy, there is always possibility. If we are willing to act, to light that last candle, to take that one step even though we are so afraid, to engage in that one act of kindness, even if it seems as if it won't make any difference at all.

What Hanukkah and Christmas have in common December 16, 2014

"...So, is Hanukkah really the “Jewish Christmas” as people often describe it? The answer to that is both an emphatic “no” and also and equally emphatic “sort of.” While Judaism and Christianity are two distinct traditions, they are related both historically and also in their desire to bring meaning, purpose and love into the lives of all those who open their hearts to them.

The Wisdom Daily: Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant: How We Make Comparisons December 15, 2014

"The Chicago Bulls are off to a great start this season, leading their division with a 14-8 record. I know, it’s a long season and there’s little predictive value in such a small sample, but the Bears are beyond bad, and I am a big fan of finding solace where you can, when you can — an approach not limited to sports, by the way.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Chicago Spiritual Communities Think Outside the Box December 15, 2014

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann is quoted as saying: “I am part of the generation that demographers are looking at and saying, ‘Oh no, they’re not participating in organized religion. This is the beginning of the end of organized religion in America.' It’s not just happening in Jewish circles. It’s everywhere. But we are spiritually seeking, intellectually seeking.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field:Women Rabbis at Forefront of Pioneering Prayer Communities December 14, 2014

"A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.Ikar, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Nashuva, led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, were conceived separately.

Brad Hirschfield on Torture or Enhanced Interrogation: Where Do You Stand? December 12, 2014

On December 9, 2014 the U.S. Senate released its report on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees suspected of being Al Qaeda fighters during the George W. Bush administration. Whether you call it torture or enhanced interrogation "is the best predictor we have of how you feel about this issue" says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield.

From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD

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