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Choking those “yearning to breathe free”

The Trump administration’s recently announced “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings has led to an emotion-laden national conversation on the government’s responsibility for the welfare of children who are brought across the U.S. border by their parents. The new policy requires that all border crossers entering the U.S. without a legal...

The Achilles heel of the religious left

Emily Strauss is a community organizer, and a frequent contributor to New Voices, Jewish Currents, The Forward, and Lilith magazine. Despite the increasing focus on intersectionality within progressive spaces, religion is often a blind spot, causing even interfaith work to leave behind communities that are not Christian. Over the course of the...

In the Orchard, A Poem for Shavuot

IN THE ORCHARD By Julia Knobloch   I say my blessings in the orchard, I have turned over the soil. I give with dubious hands; the intention does not count. We remain a forbidden junction, peaches and almonds. I have only been here four years and you since Abraham. You want a...

Does Judaism Have a Position On Privacy?

Let’s talk about Judaism and privacy. Over the past several of decades, it’s been very common for technological advances to be matched by corresponding halakhic conversations; there are attempts to find the “Jewish take” on heart transplants, or IVF, or Alexa, or nuclear weapons, or whatever. It’s a good and quite modern...