Politics & Culture

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The Wisdom Daily: Imprisoned by Insecurity September 1, 2015

"...Not all concerns about securing borders — whether in personal relationships, between nations or most any other situation — are a function of insecure paranoia. In fact, meaningful borders are a part of any healthy relationship. But when the safety and well-being of that relationship is purely a function of who we keep out, the walls become less fortress and more prison, keeping us locked up just as much as securing us from whatever they were meant to keep out...."

Brad Hirschfield on Being an 'Injustice Collector' August 28, 2015

A useful detail emerged after the horrific public deaths of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot while broadcasting live from a bucolic tourism site near Roanoke, VA. Parker's father is pledging to honor his daughter's life by advocating for strong gun regulations to save lives in the future; meanwhile, the murderer's past (as a disgruntled ex-journalist) is why he's being called a classic injustice collector by an NYPD counterterrorism official observing the case. For each of us, there's an important lesson in balance: to "raise awareness and sensitivity to injustice, without always being on the lookout for slights." Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, and also suggests three ways to cope with stressful work environments. Watch the Faith on the Record video below.

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Brad Hirschfield On Newsmax's The Steve Malzberg Show August 28, 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: Trump's Immigration Plan vs. the Constitutional Amendment, and Hillary Clinton's Email Debacle Undermines Her.

The Wisdom Daily: Oliver Sacks Gets Personal August 27, 2015

"When world-famous neurologist Oliver Sacks writes - as he did recently about family, faith and his own impending death - it pays to pay attention. I admit, I'm biased due to the fact that this amazing doctor and author was the friend and colleague of another doctor and author I respect: my late father-in-law, Dr. Harold Klawans...."

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: The Elul of Victory and Defeat August 26, 2015

"...we are open and vulnerable to our missteps and willing to admit when we did wrong, but we don’t take time to celebrate our successes and victories. While we ask ourselves where we missed the mark and what aspects of ourselves do we need to improve, we must also ask ourselves, What did we accomplish this past year? When were our successes? When did our spiritual work of self-improvement pay off?..."

The Wisdom Daily: Jimmy Carter's Next Chapter August 26, 2015

"...There is no more powerful moment than being in the presence of, and holding the hand of, someone dying. There is no lying at the end of life. No one knows better than the person dying whether he or she has lived with purpose and meaning. And how one passes from this world to the next, with bitterness and resentment or grace and love, has much to do with how one lived in this world.

Brad Hirschfield on Newmax’s The Daily Wrap August 25, 2015

Hosted by Joe Concha along with panelists Rick Unger, Heather Hansen and Brad Hirschfield, issues of the day are explored.

The Daily Wrap features fast-paced, fun conversation from across the ideological spectrum. In one hour, it offers viewers a chance not only to see the hottest stories of the day but to get smarter about those stories by getting the analysis they need to form their own opinions. Brad Hirschfield is a regular on this show.

Donald Trump And The Wollman Rinking of American Politics August 25, 2015

"...are the skills used in fixing a failed city project transferable to fixing a broken political system? Maybe more than people think. In his own style, using only earned media, Trump has dominated the nation’s entire political agenda and its airwaves, created a new language of bluntness, upended political correctness (tone be damned), freely criticized mainstream media and brought to life a moribund citizenry even if creating a bit of acrimony and anger along the way...."

The Wisdom Daily: Heroics on a Train Yield Lessons in Courage August 24, 2015

"...All three young Americans were remarkably modest and unassuming in their description of the events, as so many heroes often are. But I felt the words of 23-year-old Anthony Sadler (perhaps because he's ‘just’ a college student from California and not active military, like his buddies) really hit home: ‘Hiding or sitting back is not going to accomplish anything... Don't just stand by and do nothing.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield a Panelist on The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV - Trump's Proposal and more August 24, 2015

Steve Malzberg speaks with Brad Hirschfield and Adam Thompson, Criminal Defense Attorney, about Donald Trump’s proposal to bar undocumented women from giving birth to children in the U.S. by revoking citizenship to those born in the U.S. How can we craft an immigration policy that makes sense, taking into account the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution? They also discuss Hillary Clinton and the email scandal in the news of the day.

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