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Arrogance or Love? The Biblical Story of Joseph

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Two years ago, my life-partner, co-author, and often co-teacher Rabbi Phyllis Berman and I wrote and Jewish Lights published a reinterpretation of the...

Thankful For A New Day For Florida Farmworkers: Publix, Join The Fair Food Program

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

As we thank God for the many people and their hands that produce our food, we can be thankful for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program. Publix Supermarket needs to hear from us that it is time to change.

Companionship Or Death: The Torture Of Solitary Confinement

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

On any given day in the United States, 80,000 prisoners are held in some form of isolation or solitary confinement. Many prisoners and human rights activists consider this a form of psychological torture -- torture, in our own prisons, in our own country.

Integrity and Justice: Tell Chipotle To Go Deeper Than Just A Slogan

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

What is missing from thir vision of sustainability is justice and a living wage for farmworkers. If you eat a tomato in Chipotle that comes from Florida, it has not been grown with integrity.

How Many Slaves Produced Your Seder?

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

As the seder begins, we say metaphorically, "This year, we are slaves. Next year, may we be free people." Let us hope that by next Passover, our feasts of liberation will be made without slave labor and that more people will be free.

'A Certain People Who Don't Obey the King's Laws': Purim And NYPD Surveillance

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

The Purim story has a happy ending, with enemies vanquished and Mordechai replacing his adversary Haman in a position of leadership. People of faith have a responsibility to ensure that today's story has a positive outcome.

Choosing Justice: We Can't Consume Our Way To A Better World

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must make ethical buying choices because it is the right thing to do. But we can't end there. We must raise our voices and tell the corporations that we will not eat or wear the products of exploitation.

Choose Our Highest Values, Reject Fear

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must not lose sight of our goal of maintaining safety while promoting American values through embodying them in laws and behavior. Our country should be focused on ending terrorism, not on terrorizing others.

A World Made New: Celebrating International Human Rights Day

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

The UDHR is both inspiring and challenging. Inspiring because of the ideal world it describes, insisting even that "Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized."

A Just Harvest For Sukkot

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

A just harvest cannot mean tomatoes picked by slave labor or for sub-poverty wages. We are calling on the Jewish community to support the Campaign for Fair Food.

The Torah Is Political. Rabbis Can Be, Too

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Rabbis should not tell their communities how to vote. But preaching about how to vote is not the same as preaching about what values and priorities ought to be embodied in health care policy.

Denying The Dark Side: Cheney May Have No Regrets On Torture, But We Should

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

The legacy of 9/11 must not be the dark side. We have a moral obligation to investigate our government's past use of torture, not to brush it under the rug in the name of national security.

Teaching Our Children: Ethics And Shavuot

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must recommit to teaching through our actions that every human being, even our enemies, are created in God's image.