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

(604) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 7:39 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

(276) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 8:26 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 | 7:05 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 | 9:15 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 | 8:47 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 | 8:44 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 | 10:22 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 | 10:14 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 | 11:13 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 | 4:31 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 | 12:29 PM

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 | 9:00 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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Occupy Rosh Hashanah

(5) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 9:25 AM

Last year a thousand young people gathered at the Occupy demonstration in NY to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. That will happen again this year in N.Y. and at a service sponsored by Beyt Tikkun synagogue-without-walls in Berkeley, California (at the Pacific School of Religion Sept. 16-18. I'll be co-leading the High...

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Tell President Obama: Don't Capitulate to the War-Makers

(213) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 8:50 AM

President Obama is under immense pressure from Netanyahu and his allies in the U.S. Congress, AIPAC, Christian Zionists and Republican candidates for the presidency to give Netanyahu private assurances that if the U.S. strategy to stop Iran from developing the capacity (not the actuality) for nuclear weapons doesn't work, the...

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Create a Passover Seder or Easter Gathering for the 99%

(10) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 12:11 PM

Both Passover and Easter have a message of liberation and hope for the downtrodden of the earth.

And today, it's important to understand that the "downtrodden" -- those who are hurt by the materialism and selfishness built into the very ethos of global capitalism -- are NOT...

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Occupy Hanukkah and Christmas

(89) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 10:22 AM

Hanukkah was the first recorded national liberation struggle against Greek imperialism, and Christmas celebrates the birth of a hoped for messiah to free the Jewish people from Roman imperialism. The symbolism of a homeless couple who give birth in a manger surrounded by animals because the more comfortable people have...

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Praying With Our Feet at Occupy Oakland

(51) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 9:14 AM

When my teacher and mentor at the Jewish Theological Seminary Abraham Joshua Heschel told me and others that he had been "praying with his feet" when he participated in the Selma Freedom march in 1965, he confirmed for many a way of overcoming the dichotomy between my religious practice and...

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The Message and Strategy That Is Needed by Occupy Wall Street

(120) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 9:03 AM

This past weekend, Occupy Wall Street demonstrations were held in over 951 cities in 82 countries as people around the globe joined in an international day of solidarity against the greed and corruption of the 1%.

The media, trying to discredit all the demonstrators, say we don't know what we...

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Recognize Palestine and Reaffirm Israel As a Jewish State

(319) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 9:07 AM

American diplomats acknowledge that they do not have the votes to prevent the General Assembly of the United Nations from recognizing Palestine and granting it some of the rights of member states. The U.S. can block full membership only by exercising its veto in the Security Council, an...

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Being With the Dalai Lama

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 10:43 AM


The Dalai Lama speaks with Rabbi Michael Lerner, Jewish theologian, chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and editor of Tikkun magazine, and Ingrid Mattson, former president of The Islamic Society of North America and professor at...

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