Jews must reject the cynical use of anti-Semitism by two Jewish professors at Wheelock College to obscure their own racist actions. If we are to be a “light unto the nations,” we cannot ignore the mess in our own backyard.
Why I'm attending this ten-day activist gathering in the West Bank to oppose occupation with the Center for Jewish Non-Violence.
An innocent question from my son prompts reflection on why many conversations about Israel/Palestine with the empty feeling of “It’s complicated.”
Tonight...the 5th of Adar, is the 20th yahrzeit of Sara Duker and Matt Eisenfeld, z"l, budding young scholars and idealists who were killed in a Hamas bus bombing in Jerusalem at ages 22 and 25, respectively....Their rich, elegant, delicate, supple manifestation of love of Torah and cultivation of intentional personalities of kindness, joy, endless responsibility, and empathic curiosity left an indelible imprint on many of us who have tended integrated lives of Torah, feminism, and social responsibility. In time for the yahrzeit, my brother, Rabbi Edward Bernstein, Matt's classmate in yeshiva and JTS rabbinical school, published a precious new volume of Matt and Sara's...Jewish writing...Entitled Love Finer than Wine: The Writings of Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker, it gives a deep, broad, and intimate picture of two pioneering young Jewish adults and spiritual personalities whose young lives a generation ago blazed the trail for much of the best of today's Jewish landscape. For this 20th yahrzeit, I am posting here a piece I wrote ten years ago and circulated among friends for the 10th yahrzeit, which also coincided with Parashat Terumah. May their memory be a blessing.
A concert tomorrow pushes back against attacks against progressives, planned by over 40 Israeli groups and a star-studded list of Israeli cultural leaders.
On this episode, we spoke with Liza Behrendt of JVP about CancelPinkwashing, and Jonathan Katz about Tablet Magazine's place within the Jewish media .