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The Winners and Losers

In the last Week in Wisdom I invited readers to compare two reactions to the unprecedented tie for the gold medal in the women’s downhill between Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland. When Maze completed her run, Gisin came out of the leader’s box and into the finish area to give her a hug and was quoted as saying, “I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina, she’s such a great woman and one of the greatest athletes of our sport.” Maze responded, “We will be......

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Video: Is the Affluenza Defense Moral?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: Brad Hirschfield shares his thoughts on the Affluenza defense, the defense used by a teenager in Texas after killing four people in a drunk-driving crash. The defense worked but was it moral? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org....

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Video: The Wisdom of Washington Governor's Suspension of the Death Penalty

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: It’s not just that Governor Jay Inslee of Washington suspended executions in his state this week that is important, it is his reason for doing so and the lessons we can learn from it. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org....

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In addition to their frequent articles in The Wisdom Daily, the words of Brad Hirschfield and Irwin Kula are often featured in other notable and respected publications and websites.? Below are the most recent articles that have appeared around the web:   God at the Grammys by Irwin Kula In 2012, after much pre-show debate about the wisdom of mixing God with the Grammys, LL Cool J opened the Grammys with a prayer… ? READ MORE     What search for “Adam’s genes” tells us about ourselves by Brad Hirschfield FoxNews.com’s Jeremy......

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The Olympic Spirit

I am no kill-joy! I love watching the Olympics. I root and feel pride for my tribe (USA! USA!) all dressed in their Ralph Lauren designed outfits. I get goose bumps (with appropriate 1960’s self-consciousness) when our national anthem is played at the gold medal ceremony of one of our winners. But there is a truth about the Olympics that challenges those of us who believe in a universalism that can both include the best and transcend the worst of our particular cultural contexts and tribal loyalties. If we are honest, the......

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Video: CVS and Tobacco - Good for Our Bodies and Spirits?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: This week national retailer CVS Pharmacy announced that beginning in October it will no longer sell cigarettes or any tobacco products. Is this a faith story? I think it is. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org....

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Our Soldier Heroes and Us

The most emotionally powerful moment in President Obama’s State of the Union address was also its most morally complicated.? As is often the case in these addresses, the Commander in Chief evoked a sense of pride and patriotism by recognizing a hero from the armed forces. The President introduced Cory Remsburg, a seriously wounded soldier who was sitting with the First Lady on one side and his father who has dedicated his life to helping his son recover on the other. The President described Cory as “a proud Army Ranger,” who “on......

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Video: The State of the Union and the Spirit of Citizenship

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: The most important message of the 2014 State of the Union address by President Obama was his use of the phrase “spirit of citizenship,” according to Brad Hirschfield. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better.? Their stories explore a wide range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org. For more on the State of the Union, please read Irwin Kula’s reaction here.  ...

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When You See Richard Sherman What Do You See?

One of many Super Bowl story lines this week will be who is Richard Sherman, the star cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks. Last week in a post game interview, moments after his pivotal game winning play breaking up a pass in the end zone that put the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, Sherman let rip a crazed rant focused on Michael Crabtree the opposing receiver and a wild over-the-top hyping of himself as the best cornerback in football. The interviewer appeared shell-shocked and within minutes mainstream media and social media were ablaze......

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Video: On the Sacredness of the Superbowl

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record series: “We now know that the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. According to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, nearly half of Americans polled see some supernatural forces affecting the outcome of sports events. So does God pick a winner?? Who knows, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, but there are elements of the sacred in and around the Super Bowl.” Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories......

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