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Torah, Torture and Obama’s News Conference

posted by Brad Hirschfield

President Obama had the chance last night to slam the door on torture, but did not take it. One can agree or disagree with him on this, but he claimed that his opposition to torture was not based on an […]

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No Swine Flu in Israel, It’s Not Kosher

posted by Brad Hirschfield

I wish this were a joke. I wish that in the modern state of Israel, on the eve of 61 years of independence, this were not a headline. But it it’s not, and it is. Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman […]

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Reading Genesis 1:28 on Earth Day

posted by Brad Hirschfield

God blessed them (humans) and god said to them, “Be fertile an increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea the birds of the sky, and all of the living things that creep on […]

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Holocaust Remembrance and Hitler’s Birth Share the Day

posted by Brad Hirschfield

In an ironic and bitter coincidence, Hitler’s birthday and the start of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, fall on the same day. Technically they overlap. Hitler’s birthday is April 20 and Yom Hashoah begins tonight, which is the beginning of […]

Anne Frank Found God in a Tree, Where Do You?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The Anne Frank Center USA is embarking on a project to plant ten saplings, begun as cuttings from a dying tree in Amsterdam which figures significantly in the famous Diary of a Young Girl. And in doing so, they invite […]

Why Matzah? From Ancient Blood Libels to Modern Meanings

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There may be no food upon which so much ink has been spilled, not to mention blood, as matzah. The blood, to which I refer, is not that of the Blood Libel, the hate-driven lie that Jews, having killed Jesus, […]

10 Ways to Imitate God on Passover

posted by Brad Hirschfield

No, I don’t mean that we should mock God because it’s a holiday. I mean that at its core, Passover, and the Pesah Seder in particular, invites us all to imitate God as first encountered in the Bible — a […]

The Difference Between Cults and Religions

posted by Brad Hirschfield

In exchange for her cooperation, Maryland prosecutors have offered Ria Ramkissoon a reduced charge in the case against Queen Antoinette who leads a West Baltimore cult known as One Mind Ministries. Ria, and other members of the group, starved Ria’s […]

And A Little Child Shall Lead Them

posted by Brad Hirschfield

In the Spirit of the prophet Isaiah words (11:6) which imagine a better future ushered in with the help of kids, the 18 Under 18 project is your chance to celebrate Jewish teens you know, who are doing great things. […]

When Love is More Important Than Being Right

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Being Right, yes with a capital “R”, the kind of rightness on which we would be willing to stake our lives, is a funny thing – so tempting, so exciting, so good, and so often deadly. When our sense of […]

The Joys of Being Sephardic on Passover

posted by Brad Hirschfield

I don’t know the joy of peanut butter on matzah, pop corn on passover or rice alongside the matzah balls in my soup. And that’s just a few of the foods that will not be on my table for eight […]

Boston Cancels Home Opener for Passover?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There’s a little problem with this claim that has been swirling about the blogosphere: it’s not true! And neither are many of the other claims made in this message, which travels under the title “Only in America!” But the popularity […]

The New Jewish Star of the NBA

posted by Brad Hirschfield

We all know the old joke, partly true and partly self-loathing, about the shortest book in the world — Great Jews in Sports. But every once in a while there is one, and in this most recent case, he doesn’t […]

Web Site for Jewish Adulterers

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Not only is Shaindy.com a site for Jewish adulterers, but it caters specifically to those who are Orthodox. 350 people have already signed up to make matches with like-minded Jews looking to hook up, according to the site’s founder. And […]

Does The Devil Exist? Is Satan Real?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Satan exists, of that I am certain. But that is because for me, and according to most strands of the Jewish tradition, Satan is not some little guy with a pointy tail and a pitch fork. Though versions of that […]

Jackie Mason Hurls Racial Slur at President Obama

posted by Brad Hirschfield

During his one-man stand act in New York City, legendary comic Jackie Mason referred to President Obama as a ‘schwartza’, literally Yiddish for black. It’s gross, it’s wrong and despite saying that it was indefensible, Mason keeps defending his racist […]

Did Bernard Madoff Get What He Deserved?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Bernard Madoff, who pled guilty yesterday to a variety of crimes related to the decades-long Ponzi scheme through which he stole billions of dollars, woke up this morning in his new home – a lower Manhattan jail cell. Did he […]

Great Sex, God’s Way

posted by Brad Hirschfield

God has sex? Great sex? How does God have sex? What’s God’s favorite position? Is it missionary? These are the kind of questions raised by a church billboard in rural Alabama. And while some are deeply offended by the ad […]

Beware American Religious Identity Survey

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Saying ‘no’ to your parents’ religion, or to all religion as currently defined, does not mean saying ‘no’ to faith. And God, whether you believe in Him/Her or not, help anyone who makes that mistake regardless of how many statistics […]

Does God Belong In A Public Park?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Where does God belong and who gets to decide? That sums up the debate underlying two new rulings by the United States Supreme Court and it seems to be a split decision. In one case, the court ruled unanimously that […]

U.S. Muslims Thriving But Not Content, Raise Questions About Meaning of Happiness

posted by Brad Hirschfield

A Gallup poll, released today provides important information about the experience of American Muslims. The most striking data include the fact that American Muslims report that they are thriving, more than do any other group of Muslims in the world, […]

Proposed Budget Devalues Charity When We Need It Most

posted by Brad Hirschfield

President Obama’s newly released budget is a bold and massive affair. Is it the best thing for the country? No one can be sure. Is there wasteful spending, about equally divided between Republicans and Democrats? Yes. Did it make a […]

The Secret to Reading Sacred Texts

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Jewish and other sacred texts are more available in more languages to more people than at any time in human history. This leads to greater democratization of faith, which is a good thing. But the ready availability of such material […]

A Murder in Buffalo Touches Us All

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Anyone who cares about building bridges of greater understanding should mourn today, as Aasiya Zubair Hassan was buried at sunrise this morning. The Co-Founder and Program Director of Bridges TV, the largest provider of Muslim Programming on North American cable […]

Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin and Gay Marriage

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Yesterday was the 200th birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. The parallels in their lives provide valuable insight for the Presbyterian Church USA, which embarks this week on a major process of inquiry into the place of gay […]

Abortion and Cherry Picking for God

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Among the most interesting responses to yesterday’s post about the Bible and Jewish views on abortion was Leah’s, who commented: Rabbi Brad, Everyone cherry picks through the Bible. We have to, because it says so many things that we could […]

Abortion, the Bible and Religious Arrogance

posted by Brad Hirschfield

You have to love a Pagan blog which purports to explain authoritatively and absolutely what the Bible means! Don’t get me wrong, I believe that scripture is there for all to read and interpret. I even believe that approach should […]

Happy 200th Charles Darwin, From a Believer

posted by Brad Hirschfield

With just a few days until the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth on the 12th of February, this week will bring new energy to the brutal and often vicious battle in courts, schools, and religious institutions across the nation. […]

Not All Holocaust Denial Is The Same

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The Pope has ordered Bishop Williamson to recant and Jewish groups from Berlin to Jerusalem, including Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, are settling down. But the larger question of how best to deal with those who deny the Holocaust remains. […]

Forced Unveiling of Muslim in Canada

posted by Brad Hirschfield

However well-intentioned he may be, Canadian judge, Norris Weisman of Ontario is way off base in forcing a Muslim woman to remove her face veil in open court. At the very least, he should have explored possible alternatives which would […]

Evolution War Rages On – What Say You?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

As we approach the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the battle over evolution continues. And it continues around the world. This morning’s edition of the Guardian reports that Britons, like Americans, are evenly divided between those who believe in […]

Spiritual Lessons from Super Bowl XLIII

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Our bodies and our souls are deeply connected. The physical/spiritual divide is really a theological position made up by folks who thought that our bodies were bad or sinful, but that we had a better part, called soul, buried within […]

David and Goliath is Wrong Metaphor in Gaza

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Who is David and who is Goliath? That question, either overtly or by innuendo, underpins the endless debate about the war in Gaza. Everyone is busy explaining to whoever will listen how they are the “little guy” being tormented by […]

Do Jews Control Hollywood?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Of course they do! Note that I said “they” and not we, even though I am certainly proud to count myself as a member of the Jewish people. But using the word “we” in response to the question of who […]

Madoff and Adolf – Bernie, Hitler and the Death of Proportionality

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The Madoff scandal remains in the news and one response that continues to surface, especially among Jews, is as disturbing as Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme. People keep comparing the resulting damage from Madoff’s theft of 50 billion dollars to Adolph […]

The Year of the Sun: Jewish Paganism or Beautiful Tradition?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The Chinese have the year of the cat, rat, etc. Now Jews have the Year of the Sun. This new observance is based on an ancient tradition. Every 28 years, according to rabbinic tradition, the sun returns to the precise […]

Faith Forecast for 2009: What We Can Expect From Religion Next Year

posted by Brad Hirschfield

In 2009, we should expect religion to do what is has always done — inspire the very best and the very worst in human thought and practice, especially when it comes to politics and public policy. Faith is like a […]

The Madoff Meltdown, Jewish Philanthropy, and Value of Compassion

posted by Brad Hirschfield

We are all effected when 50 billion dollars vanishes from the economy in an instant as it did with the unraveling of Bernard Madoff’s gigantic Ponzi scheme which masqueraded as a legitimate investment. Trickledown economics may not work to our […]

Parent Figures Out Chanukah for Self and Family

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Lisa Keys of the JTA writes about her quest to celebrate chanukah and her conversation with me about how to do so meaningfully and joyfully. From questioning present-giving to wondering how an “egg roll eating Jew, who rarely lights shabbat […]

Shalom, Christmas Shoppers

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that all across America, holiday shoppers at malls are being “accosted” by pushy, money-hungry Israelis selling everything from hand cream to toy helicopters. One of the twenty-something salespeople describes what he is doing, not to […]

No Church for President-Elect Obama

posted by Brad Hirschfield

President-elect Obama hasn’t been to church in weeks, saying he doesn’t want to disrupt the service for others. I find that rationale a little tough to swallow, but wish that he would share his real thoughts on the matter. As […]

Dieting For God

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Does God care what size we are? According to Christine B. Whelan in this morning’s USA Today, The answer is certainly not! But how can she be so certain? If there really is a God (I believe that there is) […]

Muslim Anti-Semitism and the Muslim Next Door

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Muslim Anti-Semitism is a very real, but whether or not hatred of Jews is either typical among contemporary Muslims, at least in America, or reflective of traditional Islam, is another story. That appraisal probably disturbs people on each side, with […]

Thanksgiving & Prayer Definitely, But Not to God Perhaps

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Thanksgiving is only a week away. And while we all appreciate the time off, it’s worth remembering how this holiday came to be and thinking together about whether of not it’s really a good idea. I think that Presidents Washington […]

Why Virtual Cheating Really Hurts

posted by Brad Hirschfield

At first blush, the idea that a couple is divorcing over a husband’s flirtations with a virtual woman may sound funny. But if we take online communication seriously, and respect the power of imagination, there is nothing funny about it. […]

The Pro-Obama, Anti-Gay, Black Electorate

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Proposition 8, the California initiative defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman was voted into law by a 52% majority and black voters favored that outcome by a margin of 70%. In fact, Evangelical Christians were […]

The Limits of Karen Armstrong’s Compassion

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Karen Armstrong’s invitation to the world to begin writing today, a Charter for Compassion, strikes me as well-intentioned silliness at best. At worst it is a more benign form of the same religious arrogance which she decries and which lies […]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Suffering is not a zero-sum game, even when it comes to the Holocaust. But based on many comments from inside the Jewish community about the new film, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, one might think otherwise. Apparently, the very […]

Barack Obama is Not the Messiah

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The religious left may be losing its mind. Perhaps it’s just a momentary lapse of judgment in light of the Obama victory. After all, there is much to celebrate about this election. Not least of which is that it indicates […]

Dying Well

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There are many understandings of dying well but few extol the value of loneliness. And the hospice chaplains described in this article know that, beyond all else. It’s powerful stuff which transcends any particular faith or ideology. In, fact, many […]

Dems and Reps Terrorize Opponents

posted by Brad Hirschfield

When I received the following link to hard right Israeli broadcaster Arutz 7, being circulated by pro-McCain people, I was tempted to ignore it. Claiming that Hamas is supporting Obama in the presidential election, they suggest that supporting Obama is […]

Kabbalah and Madonna’s Divorce

posted by Brad Hirschfield

It’s well known by now that Madonna and Guy Ritchie are divorcing. And it’s also well known that the divorce promises to be ugly, featuring the work of “pit bull” attorneys working for both sides. It’s a shame that with […]

American Prayer, Featuring Barack Obama as God

posted by Brad Hirschfield

I happen to love the new music video of American Prayer – the song is stirring, the imagery is powerful, the many stars it features, including Whoopi Goldberg, Forest Whitaker, Joss Stone, and Herbie Hancock, are warm and engaging. Even […]

Farwell Abby Lockhart, Hello Job

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Apparently, the writers of NBC’s hospital drama, ER, are reading their Bible. They liberally seasoned last night’s departure of long-time star, Maura Tierney who played Dr. Abby Lockhart, with lengthy citations from the Book of Job. And although they never […]

Obama and McCain as Panderers-in-Chief

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The star of last night’s debate was clearly Joe Wurzelbacher, otherwise known as Joe the Plumber. The winner is up for debate. But Americans were certainly the losers as both candidates competed not for the role of Commander-in-Chief, but for […]

Cancerous Faith

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Faith is central to living a good life – it may be faith in God, it may be in science, it may be in those we love. Frankly, I believe in them all even as I appreciate that they are […]

The Holocaust, Tarantino-style: Jews Scalping Nazis

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, Inglorious Bastards, stars Brad Pitt and begins filming this week in Germany. Telling the story of Jews taking violent revenge on their Nazi tormentors, the movie includes the exploits of a unit of Jewish members of […]

Greed On Main Street as Dangerous as on Wall Street

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Listed $140,000 Below Its Value Denver Just One Market Where Houses Sell For A Fraction of Their Worth This headline, found on the AOL Homepage’s opening gallery, proves both how little we have learned from the current economic crises, and […]

Wright, Keating and Muthee: With Friends Like These, Do Candidates Need Enemies?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Obama and Jeremiah Wright, McCain and Charles Keating, Palin and Pastor Muthee. Should we judge these candidates by the company that they keep? Is that unfair guilt by asscociation? I think that candidates should be judged by both the company […]

Besides Sex – Reasons Why Men Cheat

posted by Brad Hirschfield

According to a new study by marriage counselor M. Gary Neuman, 1 out of 2.7 of us men cheat on our wives, and most of them will never find out. From which we can deduce one of two things: either […]

Who You Callin’ a Maverick? Why the NY Times Should Apologize

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There’s that word again: maverick. Used in Thursday’s Vice-Presidential debate, by Gov. Sarah Palin six times to describe herself and her running mate, Senator John McCain, who she described as “the consummate maverick.” But where does the term come from […]

Religulous: Preaching to a Choir of Angry Secularists

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Religulous is to religion as rape is to sex. Like the versions of religion and religious people in Bill Maher’s Religulous which opens Friday, rape is a terrible thing which must be recognized and combated. But it hardly defines the […]

Overcoming Boredom by Eating God for Rosh Hashanah

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There are many customs on Rosh Hashanah: blowing the shofar, eating apples dipped in honey, and long hours of prayer and meditation. But until I watched the cartoon adventures of Todd and God on You Tube, I never knew that […]

Israelis for Obama and Lessons for McCain

posted by Brad Hirschfield

This You Tube video, entitled Israelis for Obama is amazing. It does not provide a great deal of new information about his policies, which are not all that different from McCain’s when it comes to Israel. It does something far […]

John McCain, Sarah Palin and Overturning Roe v. Wade

posted by Brad Hirschfield

I was asked by John Meacham of Newsweek, what I thought about John McCain and Sarah Palin’s desire to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion. Here is my response. If John McCain and Sarah […]

Forgiveness: 10 Steps To Giving It and Getting It

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on Monday night. Like all New Year’s celebrations, it’s a chance to start over. And starting over often involves forgiveness — both giving it and getting it. Neither of those is easy, but […]

NY Jets and Giants Stadium with a Nazi Name

posted by Brad Hirschfield

That’s what people are worried about as the NY Jets and Giants consider selling the naming rights to the stadium in which they play, to Allianz, a German company which insured the Auschwitz death camp and had a CEO who […]

A Woman In The White House, But Not In God’s House

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Many conservative religious groups bar women from becoming clergy. And even in those denominations in which women do serve as clergy, they often face barriers in their careers because they are women. I was asked this week, if I think […]

When Presidents Wear Yarmulkes

posted by Brad Hirschfield

This gallery of US Presidents and those seeking the office, wearing kippot, also known as yarmulkes and skullcaps, is quite amazing. What does it mean that a garment designed to publicly mark its wearer as a Jew, can be found […]

Prayer in Public Schools, But When?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

With a new school year beginning, we are likely once again, to see many questions about prayer in public school raised. This one, asked by a listener who heard me on NPR, struck me as particularly worthy of sharing. Hello […]

Family Is a Faith Issue

posted by Brad Hirschfield

What is faith, any faith really about? Is it about philosophical debates? Is it nothing more than theological wrangling? Or could it be something much closer to home for most of us? Could it be about the big questions in […]

Proof of God’s Existence

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The following story from the Chicago Tribune, ‘Jewish clause’ divides a family, state courts weigh in on a man’s will that disinherited any descendant who married a gentile, is proof not only of God’s existence, but that God must love […]

Letter to an Evangelical Friend

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Some months ago I had the pleasure to meet a documentary film maker who is also an Evangelical Christian. Actually, those two facets of his identity are pretty closely related, at least right now, as he is working on a […]

Scripture For Sale

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Should kids be paid to complete their homework assignments? This debate continues to surface in parenting magazines, school districts around the nation, and now on the homepage of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency – well, sort of. Turns out that a […]

Rick Warren, Abortion and the Holocaust

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Rick Warren’s beleifnet.com interview is a must read, both because of the wisdom it contains and a rather horrific analogy made by him in which he compares any position on abortion other than his own, to holocaust denial. I assume […]

What’s a Jewish Blog?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Has it been circumcised? Does it observe the Sabbath? Perhaps it’s written in Hebrew? Not for me, even though I pass all three of those tests. But in light of some recent traffic, I think it’s time to reflect on […]

God as My Financial Advisor

posted by Brad Hirschfield

With an ever-tightening economic situation and no relief on the horizon for most of us, I was intrigued by a recent poll by the Washington Post which examined the ways in which faith influenced the lives of people under financial […]

Kirk Cameron, Israel, and God’s Plan for the World

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There is so much to respond to in Kirk Cameron’s Beliefnet interview, it’s hard to know where to begin. Not least is the notion that we need to ask ourselves why we care so much about what a former sit-com […]

Do Miracles Happen?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Of course they do, at least as far as I’m concerned. But that’s just one man’s opinion and also a function of my definition of miracle, which is a positive outcome or turn of events that can not be explained […]

Overcoming Religious Rage

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Once again, I am overwhelmed by the evidence suggesting that we humans are always ready to do real harm in the name of a good cause. In fact, especially when it comes to religion, nothing seems to make us happier […]

Condoleezza Rice’s Aspen Performance Helps Barack Obama

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Yesterday evening’s musical performance by Condoleezza Rice at the Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival should have been called, Shanda (Yiddish for travesty) and Schubert. But Boosha (Hebrew for shame) and Brahms would be just as appropriate. What else to […]

Are You Ethically Kosher?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

That’s the big question being addressed by Hekhsher Tzedek, an initiative led primarily by rabbis in the Conservative movement, most notably Rabbi Morris Allen of Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. With new guidelines just released in which they […]

Can You Be Both Religious and Racist?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

That’s the question I was asked this week by the Newsweek and Washington Post editors of the On Faith section, in light of the fact that 33% of Americans admit to racial prejudice and 90% of us claim to believe […]

The Daily Hitler

posted by Brad Hirschfield

There is actually a website called The Daily Hitler, and it’s not the product of neo-Nazis seeking their regular fix of the Fuhrer. It’s the work of Israeli artist Nir Avigad. And although I know I am going to get […]

Jews, News, and Head Coverings

posted by Brad Hirschfield

What do you think about wearing an “Obamica”? How about covering your head with a “McCippah”? Well, now you can. A recent post at Seattlepi.com describes Shmuel Tennenhaus’ new business, VanityKippah.com and it newest products. Take your pick, but you […]

Stealing Meaning from Obama’s Western Wall Prayer

posted by Brad Hirschfield

American Spectator contributing editor, Jay Homnick wins the award for the pot calling the kettle black. He charges Barack Obama with inappropriately “politicizing” the Western Wall and somehow violating its sanctity: “The Jewish tradition invests it (Western Wall) with a […]

Nice Jewish Girls Do…Swimsuit Calendar?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Love it, hate it, or some combination of the two, but you gotta pay attention to Heeb magazine’s “Girls of 5769″ calendar, featured in both the New York Post and Ha’aretz daily. The latter includes a video of an African-Amercian […]

Jewish Dirty Words

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Shame on The Huffington Post’s coverage of the on again – off again – on again relationship between Ivanka Trump and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, which manages to use the word shiksa numerous times in a piece of […]

Stuff Jewish People Like

posted by Brad Hirschfield

A friend forwarded me the following link: www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com. It got me thinking about a parallel site which could be stuffjewishpeoplelike.com, and what lists and descriptions people might put there. To get you started, I am including some of the suggestions […]

Healing What Hurts

posted by Brad Hirschfield

In response to a wonderful set of questions generated by yesterday’s post on how to deal with a painful past, I continue where yesterday left off. Lucy wrote: I’m wondering if the concept of pain that you are referring to […]

How to Deal With a Painful Past

posted by Brad Hirschfield

We all have events from our past which cause us pain. The question is how to deal with them. Today is the 20th of July, but it is also the 17th day in the month of Tammuz, according to the […]

Mezuzah Madness

posted by Brad Hirschfield

What’s on your door? That’s what The Wall Street Journal wants to know. It better not be a religious symbol, according to the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At least that’s what lots of folks would have us believe […]

Lies and Lessons From The New Yorker

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Rod Dreher is spot on about the cover of the new New Yorker. The New Yorker is Nuts. But it may be even worse than he says. By the way, Steven Waldman’s observation about the Obamas needing thicker skin, misses […]

Single Jewish Female Seeks Stress Relief

posted by Brad Hirschfield

The economic scene must be especially slow for The Wall Street Journal to take an interest in the dating habits of Orthodox Jewish Women, as it did this weekend. In an article entitled, Single Jewish Female Seeks Stress Relief, Tamar […]

Hagee Haters Delight

posted by Brad Hirschfield

I don’t hate Pastor John Hagee, nor do I fear him – but many other people seem to and I wonder if their attitude is justified. You Tube has removed eighty videos featuring Pastor John Hagee from its site at […]

Sharing the Rituals of Those We Love, When We Don’t Share Their Faith

posted by Brad Hirschfield

All of us have friends, I hope, and many of us have relatives, who practice other faiths. So the question often arises of how to participate, or choose not to participate, in the rituals of those faiths to which we […]

Kosher Meat, Meet Elk

posted by Brad Hirschfield

This tasty morsel just came across my desktop and I had to share. It turns out that among the many new Kosher products hitting the shelves, we will now have kosher elk fresh from South Dakota. That’s right, elk. This […]

Does Kabbalah Work?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Did Madonna really brainwash A-Rod? These were the questions I was asked yesterday on Entertainment Tonight as they explored the sex, romance and religion story of the moment. My answer to the second question was already explored in yesterday’s posting, […]

Kabbalah, Madonna, and A-Rod

posted by Brad Hirschfield

This morning’s papers including The New York Daily News, are filled with articles about Madonna, Kabbalah, The Kabbalah Center, and how they are effecting her relationship with baseball star, Alex Rodriguez. Among the charges being made, is that Madonna is […]

Wonderful Weekenders 2.0

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Are you ready for the weekend? A little planning and a few simple practices can help you have a wonderful weekend, or inject a bit of weekend relaxation into the middle of a busy week. And so each Friday, for […]

Get Intelligent!

posted by Brad Hirschfield

That’s the challenge to the listeners, and to myself, on my weekly radio show. Hirschfield and Kula is carried on Portland’s KXL Newsradio 750, and finds the spiritual perspective on everything from how we raise our kids, to politics, to […]

WONDERFUL WEEKEND RITUAL

posted by Brad Hirschfield

It’s Friday and if you are like me, and lots of other people, you are already thinking about the weekend. Of course if you hate your job, then you’ve probably been doing that since last Monday, but that’s a whole […]

I’ll Meet You Here Tomorrow

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Why does an author and talk-show host who was once a settler in the west bank city of Hebron, who grew up in a largely secular, Jewish home in Chicago, where he returned to study religion at the University of […]

What James Dobson Has Against Fruitcake and Barack Obama

posted by Brad Hirschfield

When he accused Presidential candidate Barack Obama of taking a “fruitcake interpretation” of the Constitution, it was clearly no compliment and neither was his accusation that Obama was “dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.” So for starters, what does Reverend […]

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