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September 02, 2014
Brad Hirschfield Brad Hirschfield

You Left Your Daughter Where?!

Posted September 2, 2014 @ 09:09 am
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You Left Your Daughter Where

I just returned from a week in Israel. And yeah, that means that I was there during the war with Hamas. In fact, the morning that we landed was the day that Hamas leadership pledged to resume rocket attacks on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. I wasn't traveling alone either. I was traveling with two of my daughters, one aged 13 and the other 18, who I was "dropping off" for a year of...

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Irwin Kula Irwin Kula
Beyond Ferguson- Confronting Race, Confronting Ourselves

In the summer of 1982 I went looking for an apartment in St. Louis, Missouri, where I lived and served as a rabbi from then until late 1987. I made life-long friends and there were many nice things about St. Louis - the Arch, the St. Louis Cardinals, Washington University, the Symphony to name a few - but race was not one of them. My introduction to the problem of race came on my very first day in...

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Irwin Kula Irwin Kula

Making Every Second Count

Posted August 27, 2014 @ 09:08 am
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Making Every Second Count

Ticktock. Ticktock. Ticktock. Hear that? Those are the seconds of life slipping away we can never have back. As Woody Allen once said, "I don't mind dying I just don't want to be there when it happens." None of us have any idea how much time we have left. Well, now there is a 'disruptive spiritual technology' designed for all those non-consumers of existing religious products who want an...

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Brad Hirschfield Brad Hirschfield
Bo Burnham Laughing At God and Me Laughing At Bo Burnham

However faithful or faithless you may be, I dare you to watch this without laughing! Far from being heretical or otherwise offensive, having a laugh at God's expense is not only sometimes the healthiest thing to do, it's quite traditional. Sarah laughs at God in the Book of Genesis, and if it was good enough for her, then even the most pious among us should relax about laughing at God. That's...

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Amy Shouse Amy Shouse

The Invisible Club of Pain

Posted August 22, 2014 @ 09:08 am
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Invisible Club

Years ago, during the time that my father was struggling with Alzheimer's, I happened to catch an interview with the son of Christopher Reeve on television. He was overjoyed that his dad had been able to move his pinkie, a feat he'd not accomplished before. I watched, in awe, as this son described in triumphant detail how amazing it was what his father had done. It put my own pain and struggle...

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