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Clal builds bridges across communities to encourage pluralism, diversity, and openness.

The Wisdom Daily: The Power of Unconditional Love January 22, 2015

"What defines great parenting? Clearly, that requires more than a quick answer, but for me at least, that answer includes unconditional love. This video of two gay brothers coming out to their father got me thinking about the power of unconditional love..."

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The Wisdom Daily: The Funny Thing About Taking ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Seriously January 20, 2015

"It is a very serious time in France, especially for the Jewish community. And yet, at the center of the storm is a very unserious entity, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Its editors may be best known for caricatures of Muhammed (venerated as a prophet by many throughout the world), but they made their living by ridiculing just about anything anyone took seriously, including themselves..."

The Wisdom Daily: Where Is Dr. King’s Dream? January 19, 2015

"Today we remember Martin Luther King Jr., last century's premier exemplar of morality in public life. There will be ceremonies, speeches, television specials, editorials - and there will be very serious protests and demonstrations: Millions of Americans are outraged by the shooting deaths of young Blacks, by racial economic inequality, by a return to segregation in our education system, by the disproportionate incarceration of Blacks...

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield on the Latest Charlie Hebdo Cover - What's the Message? January 16, 2015

This week, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published it's first edition since the killings at their offices last week. On the cover: a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie". "I get the impulse to put that cover out," says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of, "I also know that just because you can do something, doesn't necessarily mean you should."

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The Widsom Daily: A Girl Named Swastika January 15, 2015

"This week, I was asked a number of questions regarding the use of the swastika. And while it might surprise some of you, it's not as simple as telling the questioner that they're crazy to even ask.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield a Panelist on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV -Obama and the war on Islamic terror and DeBlasio's Relationship with the Police January 15, 2015

Brad Hirschfield discusses issues of the day with Steve Malzberg, host of "The Steve Malzberg Show," and senior partner at Adam M. Thompson P.C and syndicated talk host and TV commentator, Adam M. Thompson. Issues of the day include: Obamas strategy on dealing with Islamic terror including releasing terrorists from Gitmo...DeBlasios continues his negative comments about the police

The Wisdom Daily: Church in Non-Traditional Spaces… Even Bars January 14, 2015

"Have you heard of pub churches? Craft beer, God, and community. Welcome to one of many new venues and ways in which people are doing religion.

Je Suis Charlie…or Not? January 13, 2015

"The rallying cry Je Suis Charlie ("I am Charlie"), referring to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 11 journalists were murdered in the name of Islam last week, has become popular on placards, posters, t-shirts and more - not only Europe, but here in the U.S., where pro athletes recently sported the slogan on their pregame workout clothes..."

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Be Proud to Say, 'Je Suis Charlie' January 13, 2015

"Je Suis Charlie — I am Charlie — referring to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 11 employees were murdered in the name of Islam last week, has become the popular rallying cry seen on placards, posters, T-shirts, etc not only across France, but even here in America where professional athletes wore pre-game workout clothes with the slogan..."

The Wisdom Daily: Where Was U.S. Leadership in France? January 12, 2015

"More than 1.5 million people marched in Paris this weekend, in solidarity for free speech rights, after the horrifying mass murder at Charlie Hebdo magazine. They were joined by leaders as diverse and even at odds as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, not to mention the leaders of Germany, Russia and Ukraine. But neither President Obama, nor Secretary of State John Kerry, attended. Why not?..."

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