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The Wisdom Daily: Innovation Heaven at BIF10 September 23, 2014

"Where do you think you would hear these words? Miracle, Wake Up, Blessing, Practice, Community, Confession, Well of Meaning, Beginner’s Mind, Big Why, Promise, Creativity, Humanity’s Voice, Human Centeredness, Spirituality, Light, Healing, Service, Hope, Presence, Faith, Compassion, Gift. No, not at a religious service, at least not of any official religious denomination in America. I heard these words this past week at the BIF-10 Innovation Summit..."

Federation defers decision to include interfaith members September 22, 2014

"...Prior to the discussion on the membership amendment, members of the audience gave a warm reception to keynote speaker, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield. A renowned author, lecturer and president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, he has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis.”

Happy New Year? Who says so? September 17, 2014


You do, actually. At least, you can choose to.

Think of this choice as a Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur gift you can give yourself, not to mention anyone else with whom you want to share it.



Download the Rosh Hashanah card as a .pdf file

Happy New Year? Says Who? September 16, 2014

"Shanah Tova! Happy New Year! Who says so? The summer saw three Jewish kids and one Palestinian brutally murdered, followed by a war — one ended by a cease-fire that Hamas leaders are already threatening to end by Sept. 25 if they don’t get the results they want..."

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By Brad Hirschfield Special to The Jewish Week

The Wisdom Daily: How an Erosion of Trust in the NYC Subway Spells Trouble for Society September 16, 2014

"Here is a story that is emblematic of so much of what is wrong in our republic. As with many cities' transit systems, you can buy a card - in New York City it's called a MetroCard - and add value to it so that you do not need to buy a single ride each time you travel. Inevitably, at some point you swipe your card and the dreaded words "Insufficient Fare" appear..."

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The Wisdom Daily: My Experience with Why I Stayed: The Hashtag Bringing Domestic Abuse to Light September 12, 2014

"Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's violent attack on his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in February is very much in the news. It may cost Rice his career, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell his job, and it may invite us all to do more to address the all too common phenomenon of domestic abuse. It's also a story I take very personally..."

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The Wisdom Daily: 9/11: How We Feel Today September 11, 2014

"As we observe the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we feel a range of emotions. We feel sad and heartbroken for those who lost loved ones. We are grateful, if not surprised that there have been no terrorist attacks on our soil. We feel betrayed that after all the lives and treasure sacrificed to fight Islamic terrorists, there seems to be more terrorists, terrorizing more people, doing more terrifying things..."

The Wisdom Daily: Tears of Love: A Scene I Will Never Forget September 10, 2014

"I walked into the living room of one of our close family friends. Sitting quietly were my friend's 89 year-old father and mother. Just a couple of hours earlier they had heard from a cardiologist in a rather sudden and impersonal way, unfortunately with no family around, the statistics on how long he had to live given his heart condition. There was a mix of sadness and fear. My friends understandably didn't know exactly what to say. Who does? ..."

Love is the final word September 9, 2014

"All the final conversations [Rabbi Irwin Kula] had in his collection were about love. Not a single person used his or her last breathe to say, “Kill those bastards for what they have done…Be sure to get revenge…I hate them for what they did to me…Avenge my memory.” Every last word was an “I love you” of some variety. Here is what Rabbi Kula learned, “Then I recognized what the real Torah, the real wisdom…the real experience behind religion is…it is about love…and it’s no more complicated than that.

Genocide, Religious Warfare or A Third Option September 8, 2014

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Christians are increasingly at threat of ethnic cleansing throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, asks "How do we talk about that real possibility without turning this war into a religious war?"

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