Both Muslims and Jews will be observing Yom Kippur and Ashura on the evening of September 29, 2017-- repenting, fasting, praying and doing thoughtful acts of charity through good deeds. A timely alignment that has the power to transform the challenging and strong emotions many are experiencing due to current events.
Disregard for the non-observant is the opposite of the kind of solidarity we need now. Casting them into the wilderness, now populated by tiki-torch wielding ethnonationalist thugs, is not helping. It is, in the most basic formulation, bad for the Jews.
It was the end of the summer of 2014, and the Gaza war continued with horrific casualties. I stood in the hallway, just steps away from my old high school locker, folding and unfolding my staff orientation schedule. Smoothing it out, I stared down at the words "3pm-3:45pm: Israel This Summer."
This political moment requires acting in solidarity -- having other people’s backs and enabling people to have ours. As Jews, we need practice in both.
Here are two beautiful, justice-oriented pieces about the Shofar and the Unetaneh Tokef prayer.
As our society does teshuva for white supremacy, let us dismantle the idols of oppression to pave the way for a more just and honest present and future.
Let us use this high holiday Teshuva period to do the important work of dismantling racism in our hearts and in our society