Brad Hirschfield

An acclaimed author, lecturer, rabbi, and commentator on religion, society and pop culture, Brad Hirschfield offers a unique perspective on the American spiritual landscape and political and social trends to audiences nationwide.

Stories by Brad Hirschfield

How to Have a Happy Thanksgivukkah

The worlds of the pilgrims and Maccabees collide and find themselves a common message in “Thanksgivukkah.”

Air Force makes God optional

The second production model F-35A Lightning II aircraft flies above the compass rose of Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air … Continued

Rabbis gone viral

A visitor is seen at the You Tube stand during the annual MIPCOM television program market in Cannes, southeastern France, … Continued

What Pew’s Jewish poll reveals about the faithful –and faithless

June 4, 2013A Star of David decorates the ceiling at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.Astrid Riecken / For The … Continued

Colorado floods of ‘biblical proportions’

Sept. 14, 2013A wall clings to the remnants of a house in Jamestown, Colo., after a flash flood destroyed much … Continued

Rosh Hashanah and the Truth About the Creation Story

Imagine taking two days a year and devoting them to the celebration of inter-connectedness and inter-dependence.

Measles outbreak in Texas church leads to soul-searching, thank God

(Jacquelyn Martin/AP ) There are 20 confirmed cases of measles in the latest outbreak of this preventable disease, according to … Continued

Sam Horowitz video: Bar Mitzvah battles go viral

<iframe width=”584″ height=”329″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> How much is “too much”? What is the definition of appropriate celebration for a … Continued

Who is Pope Francis to judge?

He’s the pope. Isn’t that part of his job? If not him, then who?

George Zimmerman, ‘Good Samaritan’?

Jacob Langston/ Orlando Sentinel To the extent that he ever left, George Zimmerman is back in the news, an in … Continued

Eric Holder rejects ‘stand your ground.’ Does the Bible?

Jacob Langston/ Orlando Sentinel Attorney General Eric Holder is speaking out against ‘stand your ground’ laws, which exist in 30 … Continued

‘The Bible’ returns to television

A scene from History’s “The Bible.” (Joe Alblas — A+E Networks) The Bible, at least on national television, comes in … Continued

The sins of Paula Deen

(Peter Kramer / NBC via AP) Without quoting her source, Paula Deen drew on the New Testament in responding to … Continued

Mourning a mobster

HBO, Barry Wetcher, File/Associated Press — FILE — This undated publicity photo, released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in … Continued

What fatherhood taught me about God

John Moore/Getty Images The notion of God the father, or God as father, can be found in many traditions. Central … Continued

After the NSA revelations, is there any faith left?

In this April 21, 2009 file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, speaks at … Continued

To the atheists behind the Florida monument: Welcome to the public square!

Planned Monument to Atheism Will Rise at Florida Courthouse As the old saying goes, what’s sauce for the goose is … Continued

Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus': Tribute or Travesty?

Kanye West in concert. (AP Photo/Nousha Salimi, File) Kanye West’s new album, available June 18, is expected to be called … Continued

Florida’s anti-Sharia law problematic, and not only for Muslims

State lawmakers around the country have proposed bills to effectively make sharia law illegal. FOR GOD’S SAKE | Having handily … Continued

Circumcision, herpes, and religious freedom

The idea that a grown man would put his mouth on an infant’s penis is rather disturbing under pretty much … Continued