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The Trauma of the Jew of Conscience

by Ben Lorber The Jew of conscience is in pain. We are in pain when we are told by family, friends, peers and Jewish communal leaders that we are ‘bad Jews’, ‘fake Jews’, ‘self-hating Jews’ for supporting Palestinian calls for…

Why I wanted a place at the Iftar table

Ruth Ebenstein, an American-Israeli journalist, public speaker and peace activist, is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Bosom Buddies: How Breast Cancer Fostered an Unexpected Friendship Across the Israeli-Palestinian Divide.  Find her online at RuthEbenstein.com, on Facebook at Laugh Through Breast Cancer – Ruth…

Who should be counted

Emily Strauss is a community organizer, and a frequent contributor to New Voices, Jewish Currents, The Forward, and Lilith magazine. For the second year in a row, the Trump administration failed to acknowledge June as LGBTQ pride month, neglecting to…

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…

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…