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I am Not Outraged that the State Department Proclaims Mike Pompeo to be a Christian Leader. As a Jew, I am Outraged He is Not More of One.

Outrage has been growing at the United States Department of State’s website choosing to feature as its home slide for several days in October a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called “Being a Christian Leader” delivered to an organization called the Association of Christian Counselors. The outrage is, understandably, focused...

Radical Presence & the Practice of Rebuke

by Rabbi Benay Lappe in chevruta with Laynie Soloman Photo credit: Jess Benjamin, 2019 The Jewish new year season tends to have one “star of the show”—teshuva, the practice of recognizing whom we’ve harmed and repairing that harm, addressing where we might have fallen short in becoming the people we want to...

A selichah for ourselves and our country on Yom Kippur

הִנְנוּ עוֹמְדִים בּוֹשִׁים וְנִכְלָמִים בִּפְנֵי חֲלוֹם אֲשֶׁר נֻפַּץ. אֵין מָנוֹס מִלְּהוֹדוֹת בְּאַשְׁמוֹתֵינוּ, בְּחַטְּאוֹתֵינוּ, וּבְפִשְׁעֵנוּ. עַל אֲשֶׁר עָמַדְנוּ בַּצַּד וְלֹא הִתְעָרַבְנוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר רָאִינוּ אֶת הָעַוְלָה שֶׁנֶּעֶשְׂתָה. עַל אֲשֶׁר יָשַׁבְנוּ מְכֻנָּסִים בְּתוֹךְ שַׁלְוָתֵינוּ בְּלִי מֵשִׂים כַּאֲשֶׁר הַצָּרָה, הַשִּׂנְאָה, הֶחַמַס לֹא כֻּוְּנָה מַמָּשׁ אֵלֵינוּ. עַל אֲשֶׁר רָאִינוּ אֶת שְׁכֵנֵנוּ מֻתְקָפִים, מוּבָלִים כְּבוּלִים וּכְלוֹאִים,נִרְמָסִים וְנִדְרָסִים וְהִבַּעְנוּ אֶת צַעֲרֵנוּ בְּלִי לִמְחוֹת בָּרַבִּים. עַל אֲשֶׁר בָּטַחְנוּ בְּאָשְׁיוֹת הֶחָזוֹן...

The cover image of the 5780 Radical Jewish Calendar, featuring the text "More Sweet Justice 5780" over a painting of a black bird perched on tables, looking at honey.

Have a Radical 5780

About a week ago, one of my coworkers came into my office, eager to show me what had just come in the mail: a new calendar. Now, I appreciate a good calendar as much as the next guy – recent favorites have featured The Golden Girls, Adventure Time, and Pokémon, and I...

You Don’t Know Me…And You Do

This Guest Post comes from Joshua Fingerhut, an actor and photographer based in Los Angeles. He is about to start a Graduate School Program in Psychology. You do not know me, and you do. While we have most likely never met, I could very well be your son, brother, or friend. I...

Is Spotify Trying to Convert Me?

This Guest Post comes from Jordan Rothschild, who is a student at Swarthmore College, originally from New York City, and a passionate advocate of Jewish continuity and a two-state solution. I listen to a lot of Jewish music, especially on Spotify. For those who are not familiar, Jewish music on Spotify consists largely of recordings...

Daniel Sieradski