We are at a crisis in our country whenever a trained adult with authorization to use deadly force deploys it on a 12 year old with impunity. Wherever the fault lies, the only way any hope in the police force or the governing process can be restored is for wholesale condemnation of the officer's actions.
When we seek alternatives to the structures of fear and hate, we cannot just substitute another attempt at absolute power. We have to cultivate different ways of interacting with whatever we don't like or understand.
Jewish people reread the book of Genesis each year during the fall into the beginning of winter in synagogue. Christians and Muslims turn to these stories as well. What are we supposed to learn from this book of Scripture?
You'll always find what you're looking for. Unless, of course, you're Mary and Joseph, looking for your preteen son on your road trip home from the Passover festival in Jerusalem.
The Qur'an consists of 114 surahs ("chapters"). Every surah has a title (based on its content), but only one surah is named after a woman: the Virgin Mary.
As we marched and chanted, I was drawn back in time to formative memories of my young adulthood, during Maccabiah at Eisner Camp, a Jewish sleepaway summer camp in the Berkshires.
The refugee stood before the government official and pleaded for mercy. His plight was desperate. He came with a large family, seeking asylum from conditions in his home country. Loved ones were still back home, awaiting word. Returning home without help meant death.
With this year's candidates professing primarily Judeo-Christian traditions, we at the Opportunity Agenda believe it's important to ascertain how consistent the candidates' stated positions are with the faiths they espouse.
When I say I'm vegetarian, a common reaction from some religious people is, "But didn't God put animals on Earth for us to eat?" As they have grown ...
In the wake of the Paris attacks, as I've struggled to articulate my understanding of the importance of the choices the U.S. and Europe are making regarding the refugee crisis, I've been thinking about the Book of Jonah in the Bible.
Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christian...
In recent weeks, catastrophic acts of violence have become numbingly ordinary, banal. From Paris and Syria to Colorado and California, our nightly news has fallen into a depressing handful of templates and tropes. We need a John the Baptist these days.
The mixing of God and guns seems to be a uniquely American recipe. But it's not a good one. More people died this week in America, victims of yet more mass shootings. And the same conversations about gun control, gun rights, religious extremism, mental health, and how this is now normal in our country continue.
It is no accident that John the Baptist, whose birth to Elizabeth, old and barren, narrated in the first chapter of Luke, quotes Isaiah, and Jesus will do the same in his sermon in Nazareth. Isaiah was God's word to those exiled in Babylon, separated from life as they knew it because it was separation from the God of life.
In this week's Torah reading, Parshat Vayeshev, we find ourselves positioned as voyeurs, watching a troubling family dynamic unfold. Jacob favors his 17-year-old son, Joseph, over all of his other children.
A recent popular online column referred to Robert Lewis Dear's killing and wounding of several people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic as "Christian Terrorism." I agree that it is terrorism, but it is not "Christian Terrorism." Dear's actions just aren't Christian at all.