Aryeh Cohen teaches all things Rabbinic Literature (Mishnah, Talmud, midrash) and social justice at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University. He is a professor, a social justice activist, a rabbi and a lecturer, and is the author, most recently, of the book Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism.
Aryeh is a founder and member of the Shtibl Minyan, and a board member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and CLUE-LA.
The essay reminded me of notes I sent with my daughter Shachar (who is now in college), when she went off on her sixth grade trip to Israel. I don’t often write about my children (and I got permission from her for this blog post), but Danya’s piece pushed me to realize that explicitly parenting for the resistance is now an obligation—and nobody can do it on their own, we need to start sharing best practices.
“Disturbing the Peace” which combines reenactments, archival footage, on camera storytelling, and live documentation, tells the story of the creation of the organization “Combatants for Peace.”
Will we as a community awaken to the injustices of the criminal justice system, as we demand mercy from the Heavenly justice system?
"While we agree with many of Isaiah’s sentiments, and we too think that the poor, and the orphaned should be protected, we cannot abide the extreme and unfair language that Isaiah employs to describe our beloved city."
The patina of bling and marketing which are brought to the enterprise by branding companies and focus groups, will eventually roll off the back of Judaism like so much dust. If we are committed to adding substantively to the building that is Judaism, as judged by future generations—we don’t get there through sparkly things and naming opportunities. We get there by doing what we’ve always done—teaching Torah, davening, keeping Shabbes, creating a more just world.
When my daughter was born 18 years ago, I used to bring her to school with me and lay her on a blanket in the corner of my classroom when I taught. There was no child care at the university (then the University of Judaism) and no paid family leave.Eighteen years later, there are classes of rabbinical students who remember my daughter and then my son as infants in their mishnah classes, the institutions has a different name, and we still don't have paid family leave (or child care).
Aryeh Cohen writes that this new Israeli documentary "Censored Voices" demythologizes the 1967 Six Day War, raising up redacted combatant witnesses and participants in violence.
Ben Carson repeats the wrongful idea that the only two options are violence or passivity.
A poetic reflection on the New Year, God, prayer, and all that.
A meditation on what Tisha B'av means today.