One of the most popular phrases I hear amongst my friends these days is, "I'm agnostic." According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, an agnost...
Morality is not only an individual but also a social matter. To prevent genocide, we must do more than appeal to individual conscience. We must also nurture habits of civic and social activism.
Muhammed Jusic from Bosnia: "The Holocaust is not just our common history, it could, as my own Bosnian experience shows, easily become our present and future if we all do not learn the valuable lessons that it can teach us."
In our increasingly interconnected world, all of humanity is tied together. My redemption is bound to the redemption of my neighbor of a different faith.
What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.
Exodus teaches us the baseline requirement: not to oppress the stranger. Leviticus magnifies the demand. And Deuteronomy raises the stakes even higher: Loving the stranger is a crucial form of 'walking in God's ways.'
UNESCO has long had on its schedule an exhibit titled "People, Book, Land: The 3,500-Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land." The content of the exhibit had been approved by archaeological experts and met all pertinent scientific criteria. But less than a week from its opening, the exhibit was suddenly put on hold.
What follows is the text of an address I shared with the members of my Conservative synagogue on January 18th, 2014 during a weekend family retreat. ...
This past Saturday, I was scheduled to lead Torah study in Mishkan Shalom. Actually, I don't "lead" it so much as I "weave" it, choosing the specific passage we read and then encouraging the participants to explore their own thoughts and feelings about it.
Fifty years later, a faith-based partnership of Blacks and Jews laboring side by side as Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched, and as Cheney, Goodman and Schwerner died, could go a long way toward leading America closer to making Dr. King's dream real for all Americans.
Dear Rabbi, I am writing you seeking guidance. As you may have gleaned from your wife's sobs on the other side of the bed, Loehmann's -- spiritual home of many a Jewish woman, temple of American Jewish fashion, female rite of passage rivaling the Bat Mitzvah -- is being put to rest.
Not only do we have to improve data collection mechanisms and accountability for such crimes, but we must also explore ways to build bridges between communities within our societies to help foster greater mutual understanding among diverse groups.
Once again, in the attempt to make Jesus relevant to the twenty-first century, another of his followers winds up mischaracterizing first-century Judaism.
As we celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I have the good fortune of seeing up close how his efforts continue to promote social justice. I must confess, though, that I sometimes worry about the distance -- some would say tensions -- that exist between blacks and Jews.
A History Slim Peace grew out of a documentary film to become an internationally acclaimed non profit organization. In 2007, Slim Peace founder an...
I almost never pray. But a few months ago, I decided I would go to the Big Man for a big win. We were headed to Green Bay to face a frighteningly good offense led by Aaron Rodgers, and I was pretty certain God wasn't enough -- but I figured, why not?