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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.

Can We See All Earth as the Sacred Temple of Today?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How can we draw on the ancient wisdom of Biblical Israel as an indigenous people in sacred relationship with the Earth? How can we use this storehouse of wisdom toward helping heal all Humanity and Mother Earth today, from a crucial planetary crisis threatening the very life and health of all of us?

Preparing for Sinai: Uniting Earth and Heaven, Words and Wheat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Experimenting Toward Sabbatical/Shmitah in America

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Can we turn our eco-wisdom Away from climate doom, Into a joyful future? Often the climate crisis is described only as approaching doom. As the offic...

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.

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.

ReNaming God, ReNaming the Climate Crisis

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...

Why Is the 'Tinderbox West' the New Normal?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Arizona a few weeks ago, 19 highly skilled firefighters were killed by a fire in what the New York Times called "Deadly New Normal: A Tinderbox West."

Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet: God, Earth And Strategy

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let's move our money away from the Climate Pharaohs that are bringing Plagues upon our planet and instead to invest both in wind and solar energy, and in projects to empower the poor who are most vulnerable to the ravages of these modern Plagues.

Shavuot: The 'I' Of Sinai And The Nag Hammadi Gnostics

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

My sense of the meaning of Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that begins in the evening on May 14, has been deeply transformed by an ancient teaching from the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of Gnostic texts.

Bob Edgar, Presente

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This is a letter I never imagined writing, and am deeply grief-stricken to be writing. Rev. Bob Edgar, a great public servant and my friend, has died.

Tu Bishvat: Rebirthing Trees And The Tree Of Life

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Let us learn together, celebrate together, act together to rescue and heal our Earth from the Crushers in our own society.

Speak And Act As Prophets Did: The Teachings Of Dr. King And Rabbi Heschel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Forty years have passed since Dr. King and Rabbi Heschel worked and witnessed among us. Perhaps, like a biblical generation that represents a pregnant pause before a major transformation, we may be ready to act for a transformative rebirth in our time.

The Torah Of Esau And Jacob, Gaza And Israel

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Both "brothers," Palestine and Israel, today need to make the choice that begins with the new cease-fire, but must lead from there to a long-term truce; the truce must give time for compassion to flower where there was fear and rage.

Did Israel Choose War Instead Of Long-Term Truce With Gaza?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The article says that although they knew about the discussions, the Israeli government "nevertheless" approved the assassination. The question I think we need to ask is whether the Israeli government ordered the assassination not "nevertheless" but "therefore."

The Rainbow: Shattered Or Transformed? A Prophetic Outcry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In the light of that Danger of Desolation hovering before us in our generation, let me offer what follows as a supplementary reading for this coming Shabbat, when Jews read the second portion of the Torah about God's decision to reverse and undo Creation with a flood.

Spread Over Us The Sukkah Of Shalom, The Simple Huts Of Peace

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We, all humankind, live in a sukkah, vulnerable. No great Twin Towers, no Pentacle of Power, is invincible. Only the shared knowledge of that truth can bring us peace.

Occupy Rosh Hashanah: Praying With Our Legs, Part 1 -- Big Banks

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On Yom Kippur about 2,500 years ago, Isaiah walked into a crowd that felt good because (having fasted for about 18 hours already) it felt bad. He called out that merely refraining from food and drink was not the point.

Sex, Contraception, Abortion -- And God

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We are seeing a multidimensional campaign against women's religious, spiritual and conscientious freedom and against their physical health. It pops up again and again, in slightly new forms each time.

When Ramadan And Av Unite

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As the New Moon glimmered, the Jewish and Muslim communities both entered a solemn month, known to one as Ramadan and to the other as Av. In both, fasting takes on great importance as a way of focusing spiritual energy.

Arrested In U.S. Capitol Rotunda For Defending Jobs, The Poor, The Sick, The Earth

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We gathered under the Rotunda in a tight circle to pray, to sing hymns, to speak our truths and to tell each other our stories about the visit, about encountering Congress, about getting arrested.

Behind The Tony Kushner Story

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Last night, the executive committee of the CUNY Board of Trustees reversed the Board's refusal of an honorary degree to Tony Kushner. Behind the original decision and reversal are three stories.

Revolutionary Egypt: From Red Sea Of Old To Tahrir Square Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Uprisings, whether in ancient or in modern Egypt, are not fulfilled by overthrowing pharaohs. There needs to be a "Sinai" and perhaps many years of troubled experiment and exploration.

Stopping Today's Flood

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

When I look at my kids, I pray that they will have a world to grow into that is habitable and sustainable. The generation of "whatever" is doing great harm to the future of our existence.