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The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Mandela, the Jews, and the Future: WHICH Jews?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Nelson Mandela was not always committed to the path of nonviolence, peace, and reconciliation. He grew into that path. If we truly honor him, we should also be growing into that path.

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...

Hanukkah & Earth: The Sacred Green Menorah

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On Shabbat Hanukkah (this year, Nov. 29-30), we read an extraordinary passage from the Prophet Zechariah. Speaking during the Babylonian Captivity, he envisions the future Great Menorah, taking its sacred place in a rebuilt Holy Temple.

When I Sued the FBI -- and Won

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In 1976, nine Washingtonians -- including me -- sued the FBI for violating our First Amendment right "of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Our lawsuit won.

With Elder Abuse On Rise, Shelters See Increase In Seniors

AP | DAN SEWELL | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact

MASON, Ohio -- She raises her hands to her snow-white hair in a gesture of frustrated bewilderment, then slowly lowers them to cover eyes filling with...

Israel, Palestine And Torah: Toward A Deeper Understanding

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This process is rooted in the dark underside of the best teaching of Torah, "Love the stranger, the pariah, for you were strangers, pariahs, in the Land of Egypt." This is repeated 36 times in the Torah. Why? Because to repeat the command so often means it is being rejected, disobeyed.

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

Why Is Colorado Burning?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We know why the ancient Temples burned. Today the role of Imperial Babylon and Imperial Rome is played by Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Gas.

Occupy Holy Week, Occupy Passover: Dancing In The Worldwide Earthquake

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The week evokes memories and teachings about resistance to tyranny, racism, economic inequality, ecological disaster and militarism. Remembering this past, we should renew our work to resist these evils in the present.

Big Coal, 'Avatar' And Tu B'Shvat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us stand together to rescue and heal our Earth from the Crushers in our own society.

Ground Zero Mosque Gets Support From Jewish Activists

AP | MARC BEJA | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A group of Jewish activists and community leaders voiced their support for a planned mosque near ground zero and said opponents, incl...