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Brad Hirschfield on NFL Player Aaron Hernandez's Sentence April 17, 2015

This week former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. "Was justice served?" asks Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com. And "does it matter if you believe in the possibility of forgiveness, salvation, redemption or human change?"

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The Wisdom Daily: The Blessing of Being a Child of Holocaust Survivors April 16, 2015

"...Children of survivors live in dual and occasionally dueling realities. On one hand, we did not ourselves witness the horrors of that time. There are some things we cannot know and we cannot feel. On the other hand, our knowledge of what happened to our families is so intimate that our senses - of suffering, pain, and fear - are exceptionally heightened.

Janet R. Kirchheimer's Essay, "Remembering the Shoah Through Words and Action" on The Jewish Writing Project Website April 15, 2015

"As the daughter of Holocaust survivors from Germany, I grew up with stories of the Shoah. I was recently asked if I recalled the exact moment I learned about what happened to my family. I answered no, there was no exact moment. It was always there. The knowledge seemed to have come through my mother’s milk..."
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The Wisdom Daily: Freedom of Religion: What Does It Mean? April 15, 2015

"...While freedom of religion ought to protect people from being forcibly placed in situations which demand the violation of their religious principles, should that freedom include their ability to enforce the absence of those with whom they disagree? There's something truly Orwellian about calling that religious freedom, no?..."

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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Challenge of Yom HaShoah April 15, 2015

"...When we recognize the symbolic nature of most of our Holy Days (and this holds true for American national holidays too, such as Thanksgiving or July 4th), it turns out that we might better sustain the power of memory of the Holocaust if we become more effective at communicating the emotional significance of such human wickedness and suffering.

Rebecca Sirbu's short story "The Rabbi with Purple Hair" published in StoryShelter's new book April 15, 2015

Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, Director of Rabbis Without Borders at Clal, published a story "The Rabbi with Purple Hair" in a book titled, I am Here: The Untold Stories of Everday People which is a collection of true stories that will take you into the secret lives of the people living all around you. Their hopes, fears, victories and failures. Their sorrows, lessons learned, and inspiration to keep going, no matter what.
To purchase the book, visit Amazon.com...
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Rabbi Brad Hirschfield a Panelist on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV April 15, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and Rachel Campos-Duffy, conservative pundit, national spokesperson for the LIBRE initiative. First, a helicopter landed on the lawn of the capital. Who is being held accountable for these security breaches? Are we safe? Second, the differences in media coverage of Rubio's announcement of running for President vs. Hillary Clinton. Third, Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list. Is this a good idea?

Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap April 15, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. First, the intense media focus on Hillary and not on Marco Rubio. Is twitter helping or hurting her? Second, tax day 2015. Both parties fired up over vote on estate tax repeal. Pot luck issues of the day. Brad's favorite story of the day is it was found that painkillers dull joy. Is this evidence for the old adage that we need to experience pain in order to know real joy? That if there were no bad in the world, we would not appreciate all that remains good? Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.

The Wisdom Daily: Tax Time: Should We Try to Pay Less? April 13, 2015

"...To save for the future is to remind yourself that there is a future, one which you aspire to make better than today, no matter how good (or bad) your today happens to be. Meanwhile, donating financially to a worthy cause reminds us that we always have more than we imagine. It's one of the most powerful statements of our own capacity. And it's worth mentioning that sharing with others is a proven path to feeling better about or own lives..."

Geoff Mitelman on Why Do People Do Bad (and Good) Things? April 13, 2015

Why Do People Do Bad (and Good) Things? That’s the focus of the Sinai and Synapses Discussion Forum. Rabbi Geoff Mitelman has gathered some of the most interesting articles on the topic. This week he includes an article on What Happens in the Brain When People Kill, Columnist David Brooks' The Moral Bucket List and others.

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