Brad Hirschfield

Named as one of the nation’s 50 most influential rabbis in Newsweek, and one of the top 30 “Preachers and Teachers” by Beliefnet.com.

Archive: Brad Hirschfield

Islamic terror is real, so is Islamophobia

Raising questions, however uncomfortable, does not constitute bias against the group to whom those questions are addressed.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Mar 11, 2011 4:10 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The afterlife shapes this life

Over the centuries, millions of people have been subjected to everything from regular degradation to the most horrendous suffering, including mass murder, all because they were outside of some other group’s salvation scheme. That tragic behavior continues to this very day in more places and ways than we can name.

By  | Mar 16, 2011 2:42 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Newt is right: values matter most

Values are big ideas which must be translated into real life.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Mar 30, 2011 12:12 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

The conundrum of Terry Jones

Also, for people like Jones -- people who see themselves as the keepers of the “real truth” which is missed by the “misguided masses,” condemnations from the outside simply reinforce the notion that Jones and those like him are really correct

By Brad Hirschfield  | Apr 8, 2011 11:10 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Passover: a Seder invitation to all

Passover is not simply a Jewish holiday.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Apr 18, 2011 10:31 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Creative uses of religious ritual

People make really interesting decisions about how and when to integrate religion into their lives

By  | Apr 29, 2011 7:04 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Celebration and sobriety are both appropriate

People directly touched by the events of 9/11 or other acts of terror have a right to respond differently than those whose lives were not similarly shattered.

By Brad Hirschfield  | May 4, 2011 5:09 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

What happens when the Messiah doesn’t show?

I am pretty confident that the world will still be here after May 21st.

By Brad Hirschfield  | May 11, 2011 2:55 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Closing the First Church of Oprah

There is no question that Oprah created a kind of religion over the past 25 years.

By Brad Hirschfield  | May 25, 2011 12:57 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Circumcision debate not necessarily anti-Semitic, but leader may be

This is a sensitive issue in which the thoughts and feelings of all involved should be carefully heard.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Jun 6, 2011 9:08 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Breivik a Christian, terrorist but not ‘Christian terrorist’

By distancing Breivik from Christianity, those who do so are simply looking for an easy way out - one which refuses to take responsibility for Christianity capacity to generate terror.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Jul 29, 2011 9:24 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Gov. Rick Perry and Frank Bruni are co-dependent

Rick Perry and his allies mobilize not only around faith, but around the felt feeling of millions that their faith is seen as unimportant or even backward. Frank Bruni’s approach to faith and prayer fuels that fire and provides ammunition to precisely those people about whom Bruni claims to be concerned.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Aug 10, 2011 10:51 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

The Sabbath we all need can look different for all of us

Sabbath is a method or a value more than it is a rigid recipe or fixed practice.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Aug 18, 2011 10:03 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Religions, like all living things, evolve

When Rick Perry and the millions of others who resist the concept of evolution, they not only resist science in potentially dangerous ways, they disown a fundamental truth about the faith they follow.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Aug 25, 2011 8:04 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Birds do it, bees do it, now the secularese do it

Secularists, (atheists really), are following other ethnic and religious identity groups in using academia to create and/or shore up a particular cultural identity.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Aug 31, 2011 11:44 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Recognize religion’s healing role

Mayor Michael Bloomberg should take a lesson from President Obama when it comes to memorializing the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Sep 7, 2011 11:12 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

God’s economic plan

Judaism reflects a complex view of money, one which is neither typically liberal nor conservative.

By Brad Hirschfield  | Sep 28, 2011 8:47 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

A covenantal approach to same-sex marriage

Covenant is about making the best deal you can, given the circumstances you are in, in order to advance the values shared by the parties to the covenant.

By Brad Hirschfield  | COMMENTS (0)

Taking faith seriously

Faith needs to be able to laugh at itself, and so do the faithful. That happens far too rarely, and when it does, the net effect is largely positive for both the faith and the faithful who can do so.

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