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Hearing the Deaf: Ableism in our communities

Ableism is a spiritual wound. Like white supremacy or misogyny, it exists in both explicit and implicit forms, and on the micro and macro level. A spiritual wound requires spiritual care, and we must not reopen the wound through spiritual community. Our fates as Jewish and disabled people are inextricably linked. My...

Daf shvui/Weekly daf new podcast just dropped

Welcome to the no prerequisites, no judgement, no commitment Talmud study podcast. Grab your favorite beverage, or step into the great outdoors, and dive into the sea of Talmud with me. (Talmud is the cornerstone text of the Jewish tradition which, to the uninitiated reads like a rabbi, a law professor, a...

Two True Allies of Israel

The last few weeks have brought a renewed focus on the question that many American Jews have struggled with for decades: what does it mean to be an “ally” of Israel? How do we best support Israel, Israelis, and the Jewish ideals that we believe to be at the core of why...

Conservative Clergy Students Say No to Annexation

There’s a general fear among rabbis about speaking honestly about their complicated relationships with the State of Israel — they worry that doing so might alienate members of their communities and risk their own professional futures. For rabbinical students, the fear is even greater — will anyone hire me if I criticize...

Knesset March Madness 2020!!! (sigh)

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) Do we really have to do this again?  I guess we do, don’t we.   We just had September Madness a few months ago, and April Madness before that, but now Israel is (for the first time ever) approaching its third election in less than a year.  So that...

A New Podcast

So … I made a podcast. As you may know if you’ve been following along, there are two things that I am passionate about. Social justice activism, and studying and teaching Talmud. (Okay there are a bunch of other things but they are not relevant at the moment.) This past December a...

Raging against the dying of the right

In his recent book Paradigm Lost, Ian Lustick claims that the Two State Solution (TSS) paradigm is lost and we are now in a One State Reality (OSR). His argument is interesting and important, though he seems a bit polyannish about what might commence with the OSR in terms of Palestinian-Jewish comity...

Daniel Sieradski