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Whither — or Wither — Morality?

Whither morality in this moment of Annexation? Is it withering? Or is it reviving? For decades, Israelis and Jews around the world have been taught that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is the “most moral army in the world.” Derived from the concept of “purity of arms,” the Spirit of the IDF...

2020 Vision

Hannah Smith is a Master’s student at Stanford University in Latin American Studies. This week I opened my drawer at my family’s home in Maryland to find the t-shirt I received upon my acceptance to Stanford four and a half years ago. The back of the t-shirt taunted me – “We have...

Elijah’s Violin

  There is a Jewish folktale from Egypt called “Elijah’s Violin” and I had to go track it down after I, along with so many, became aware of the heartrending story of Elijah McClain. One year ago, McClain suffered fatal injuries at the hands of arresting officers in Colorado who held him...

Wrestling with Whiteness

I stand at the intersection of many competing and sometimes incongruent identities finding it hard to breathe.  I say this acknowledging that I am able to breathe and am alive while others like George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and more have been murdered....

Our Favorite, Furious, Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Racist Songs

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” — Final social media post of Charlottesville martyr Heather Heyer; may Hashem avenge her blood. We are living in days of rage. During the first 11 weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., America’s billionaires have hoarded over half a trillion additional dollars,...

Listening to Color

Erin Graff Zivin is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, and Director of the Graduate Certificate program in Translation Studies at the University of Southern California “The language of color blindness—like the language of ‘not racist’—is a mask to hide racism.” -Ibram X. Kendi, How to...

The American Jewish Community Must do More than Stand with Communities of Color Now. We Must Accept Responsibility for Our Role in the System — Here and in Israel.

On June 3, more than 100 organizations in the mainstream of the American Jewish community issued a statement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd declaring outrage, calling on the government and law enforcement agencies to make change, and pledging to stand with the black community to bring about that...

Daniel Sieradski