Aviva Kempner's "Rosenwald" is brilliant in its simplicity, rich in the issues it raises. Kempner's narrative rise of Julius Rosenwald touches on racism, the legacy of slavery, wealth disparity, social responsibility, education, poverty, and economic mobility. She seems to leave only one stone unturned . . . but it is an important one.
No longer can I look past the reality that my annual voluntary forfeiture of money to my government pays for violence around the globe, at astounding levels, and I am not able to provide any more excuses or rationalizations that paying without protest, that being complicit in funding war without resistance, is not contradictory to my faith and to my conscience.