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Turn Independence Day July 4 into Inter-Dependence Day

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 8:50 AM

July 4 has traditionally been a day to celebrate the U.S. and there is much to celebrate in the goodness of this wonderful country, even while acknowledging all of the nation's problems. Yet a focus on what is good in the U.S. too often slips into chauvinist nationalism. So we...

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The Path to Defeat Racism

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Co-authored with Cat Zavis

Racism is the demeaning of an entire group of people and refusing to see them as fully human in the way we see ourselves and those we deem to be "like" us. When we fail to see the "other's" humanity, we ascribe to them all of...

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The Pope Might Save the Planet... if You Would Join an Interfaith Effort to Support His Direction!

(28) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Pope Francis' Laudato Si plea for environmental sanity and a serious recommitment to the Bible's call for humanity to be stewards of this planet earth just might make a huge difference by puncturing through the emotional depression that keeps most of the people of the earth paralyzed in face of...

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Progressive Jews Rejoicing in the Pope's Plan to Recognize Palestine

(32) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement May 13th that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State.

Truth is, we have rejoiced in the many steps that Pope Francis has taken to take seriously the biblical injunction to pursue justice and to protect our global environment. Now...

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The Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

(18) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:06 AM

It's time to sweep aside all the illusions:

*That the national environmental organizations have a secret plan to save the environment but just haven't told us yet

*That local acts of environmental sanity in a few dozen urban areas will make a dent on the global degredation of the life-support-system...

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A Passover Seder Supplement (Not Just for Jews) to Bring to Your Family and Friends

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:14 AM

Tonight, April 3rd, is the beginning of an 8 day celebration of the liberation of Jews from being enslaved to the Pharaoh of Egypt some 3250 years ago. Most Jews will invite their non-Jewish friends to this celebration at a ritual meal following a text written 1,800 years ago.


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The Militarists and Haters Win in Israeli Elections

(19) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 8:43 AM

Winners: Netanyahu, AIPAC, US Republican Party, Sheldon Adelson (American Jewish billionaire funder of the right), Hamas, Islamic State, the right-wing Mullahs in Iran.

Losers: Israeli, World Jewry, the Palestinian people, the forces for peace and non-violence everywhere, the Palestinian Authority, the people of Iran, the people of the U.S.


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The Fantasy World of Benjamin Netanyahu: Responses to His Talk to Congress

(45) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 6:07 PM

"If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region." ~ Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urging the US to invade Iraq in 2002.

Netanyahu's speech to Congress was brilliantly deceitful because it played to the fantasies that Israeli propaganda...

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No, Mr. Netanyahu! We Won't Let You Drag the U.S. into War With Iran!

(598) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 6:39 AM

American Jews are Asking Our non-Jewish Neighbors To Stand With us Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's alliance with American Militarists.

We have a big problem: the Israeli Prime Minister wants to drag the US into a proxy war for Israel against Iran, and Jews are likely to get the blame...

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Mourning the Parisian Journalists Yet Noticing the Hypocrisy

(275) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 7:26 AM

As the editor of a progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine that has often articulated views that have prompted condemnation from both Right and Left, I had good reason to be scared by the murders of fellow journalists in Paris. Having won the 2014 "Magazine of the Year" Award from the...

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Spiritual Hope on Christmas and Hanukkah 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 6:05 AM

Hanukkah (whose 8 day holiday starts tonight Tuesday Dec. 16) and Christmas share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.

The miracle of Hanukkah is that so many people were able to resist the overwhelming "reality" imposed...

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Black Lives Matter -- Go to an African American Church in Solidarity This Sunday Morning

(19) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Tens of millions of Americans are deeply disturbed by the racism that has recently gotten the focus that it should have had for the past many decades. The failure of juries to indict police who kill African American males was not new, but the awareness of this reality which has...

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Making Thanksgiving Real: Rejoice in Our Ability to Challenge the Pervasive Injustice in American Society

(11) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 7:47 AM

"You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do...

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Reclaiming America (After the Right's Takeover of the Next Congress)

(18) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:44 AM

On Sunday afternoon, December 12, 2014, an important national gathering will convene at the University of San Francisco sponsored by the (interfaith and atheist; secular humanist &/or religious welcoming) Network of Spiritual Progressives to consider how to reclaim our country after the takeover by both houses of the...

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Israel: Stop the Invasion of Gaza, Stop the Bombing of Gaza, Free the Palestinian Prisoners

(20) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:22 AM

According to Ha'aretz correspondent Amira Hass, the IDF has been conducting mass arrests in the West Bank, between 10 and 30 every day. Twenty-four of the arrested are members of the Palestinian parliament from Hamas' Change and Reform party. The number of those arrested since the kidnapping and murder of...

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Israel's 66th Birthday Celebration: a Spiritual Progressive Perspective

(9) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:14 AM

I still celebrate Israel's existence even while I deplore its racism and oppressive policies toward the Palestinian people, just as I celebrate the existence of the U.S. even as I deplore the genocide of Native Americans and the enslaving of African Americans which accompanied the creation of my homeland here...

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Why the Kerry Middle East Peace Framework Will Fail

(23) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, perhaps prodded by private discussions with Secretary of State Kerry, has taken a bold move in peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority by acknowledging the possibility that Jewish settlers could remain in the West Bank, but as citizens of a Palestinian state, just as hundreds...

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Banning Guns Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

(208) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Some thoughts and a prayer after the latest mass killings, this time of elementary school students:

Banning all guns is necessary but NOT sufficient in light of the increasing violence in our society. We need a fundamental transformation as well as banning guns. Otherwise, we will now revert to the...

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Israel and Gaza: Enough Is Enough

(34) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:29 AM

All the usual suspects are cheering on their respective sides in the latest struggle between Israel and Palestine being fought out at the expense of some Israeli and more Palestinian civilian lives. I've been overwhelmed with sadness at the tragic loss of lives and harm to the bodies of Israelis...

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In Praise of the American People

(99) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Every time right-wing forces in ascendency manage to grab hold of Congress or the presidency, liberal and progressive commentators, editorialists and blogs are filled with analyses blaming the outcome on the racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or stupidity of "ordinary Americans." They are usually wrong, and these analyses usually provide grist...

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