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The Wisdom Daily: An American Struggle: Rebuilding Trust July 2, 2015

"...Rarely does individual success occur in a vacuum, but rather, in the context of others whose contributions, whether large or small, make a success possible. Our great moments as a nation have been about the spirit of American generosity and collectivity, just as much as rugged individualism - not necessarily all at the same time, but still very much a part of our shared identity…What we need to do is build up trust in both individual capacity/responsibility, and in those institutions which enable the accomplishments that none of us can do alone..."

Brad Hirschfield on Life, Liberty AND The Pursuit of Happiness July 2, 2015

As we approach Independence Day, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield reflects on the meaning of that key phrase from the Declaration of Independence, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", through the lens of recent events in South Carolina, Washington, DC and the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch the Faith on the Record video below.

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The Wisdom Daily: Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston June 30, 2015

"...The truth: I am "not a racist" - but racism is my problem. And while my sadness and even my words may matter, standing with people matters more, if I am to be part of the solution.

Brad Hirschfield on Newmax's The Daily Wrap June 30, 2015

Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger Heather Hansen and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.
How will Chris Christie be received in the 2016 race for the white house? Business groups are slamming the President's plan to double overtime pay — calling it a business killer. Will the plan succeed? Watch this segment... Should we disarm the police? One group says yes...Watch this segment... Is the ACLU protecting all but Christians? Watch this segment...And more....

The Wisdom Daily: Dignity Above All June 29, 2015

"Earlier that day, in the president's response to the marriage milestone, he said: "Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times - a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American."

I am an orthodox rabbi who doesn’t perform gay marriages, but I celebrate today’s Supreme Court decision June 26, 2015

"...I celebrate today because in fact, the opposite of all of those was accomplished today. My “side” did not lose, because my side is never defined by any one position on a matter of ritual or liturgy, no matter how important that matter may be. My side, I hope, is God’s side, and the God in whom I believe is infinite — bigger and more complex than can be reduced to any single decision, or even any single tradition, for that matter…

The Wisdom Daily: A Pop-up Rabbi! June 25, 2015

"...One of the most interesting things about this Jewish wisdom "pop-up retail" is that, unlike religious authorities in most institutional religion, Knopf isn't obsessed with membership, with controlling the outcome or making people in his image. He cares about offering people wisdom aligned with what they need in the moment, hoping to serve them on their particular journey..."

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Brad Hirschfield on The Daily Wrap June 24, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses the issues of the day. Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger and Heather Hansen.
Is the confederate flag about to vanish from public forums? Is this the right debate at the wrong time? The President uses the Charleston shooting to push for stricter gun control measures. Is this the time to be playing politics? Jeb Bush goes on the offensive on education with Hillary Clinton and Bill De Blasio. And more issues of the day.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: I Desperately Want to Know…I am Not Just Asking June 24, 2015

"...I believe in the depth of dichotomy. I have learned volumes from the wisdom of the dialectic. I know the diverse contours of our Nation call for different needs from different types of people. We are all entitled to our point of view. But, given the sleepless nights our country has experienced this past week, I beg from others only what I am asking from myself: that is, simply to engage in a complicated, civil conversation, without running for cover from “dug-in” positions. There is simply too much as stake..."

The Wisdom Daily: Missing the Trees for the Forest June 23, 2015

"...How often do we invoke "the big picture," or other grand principles, in ways which distract us from the beauty, power and potential of "the little picture," i.e, the details at hand? It's not that the big stuff is unimportant. But sometimes, if we allow ourselves to look more closely, and feel more deeply, we might discover that the "small stuff" can be just as big and quite fulfilling..."

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