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Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: Talk of Israel and Gaza Draws Congregants' Wrath September 22, 2014

"...Rabbi Ron Aigen [a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow] heard criticism at his synagogue in Montreal this month after he gave a sermon asserting that in the recent battle, Israel had endeavored to live up to the highest standards of Jewish teaching on ethical and just war.

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.”

ISIS - Political Correctness and Honesty September 18, 2014

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: As the world comes to grip with the threat of terrorism from ISIS, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal and co-founder and executive editor of theWisdomDaily.com, believes this is "a moment when all people must make an honest choice about who they to be in the world, including in a war which very much has religious overtones but isn't a war against any one religion, nor can it be allowed to become so."

We can protect our environment by ending our dependence on oil: Pump The Movie September 17, 2014

PUMP The Film is "a must see film that addresses the problem of jobs, the health of our environment, our national security, and the influence of Israel's enemies all with one eminently doable initiative." - Rabbi Irwin Kula.

With a series of eye-opening facts and rare interviews with notable experts in the field, PUMP tells the story of our dependence on oil and all its trappings, including the impact on our economy and the ever continued drain on the environment.

Rabbis Without Borders in the Field: When My Father Hit Me, I Never Did It Again September 17, 2014

"One of the reasons I love the fall is because of the NFL. Although I need to garner all of my religious faith to remain a Jets fan, I absolutely adore watching the weekly games with my son. I am sure that I am not the only parent in America who had some explaining to do this past Sunday. Each day it seemed that yet another player was deactivated for horrific acts of domestic violence. The press kept reporting that it was a “bad week for the NFL.” I disagree. It was a bad week for America.

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

The Wisdom Daily: Google and the Right to be Forgotten September 17, 2014

"Who doesn't want to know that their life makes a difference - a difference that at least those closest to them will appreciate? Who among us doesn't want to be remembered? But how are memories created and preserved? What makes some things memorable and others forgettable? These questions have been at the center of society for most of human history. They lay at the center of many religions, much of politics, and so much more.

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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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: 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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